Join us to celebrate our 100th Anniversary in New York City.
We are opening a store in NoLIta on Friday October 4th at 236 Elizabeth Street (Between Prince and Houston Streets) New York, NY 10012
We will also be hosting a very special exhibit of vintage jackets, photographs and new collaborations at the Openhouse Mulberry Gallery. The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free! The gallery is located at 201 Mulberry Street (Between Spring and Kenmare Streets) New York, NY 10012. Just a short walk from the store! The exhibit will be open Friday October 4- Sunday October 6 11am-8pm daily. Come meet the Schott family and check out some really special pieces we made over the past 100 years!
On Friday, October 4th from 6pm-8pm at the exhibit, Rin Tanaka and Jason Schott will be signing our book, Schott NYC: 100 Years of An American Original. and answering questions about the vintage jackets.
See you there!
The New York Times featured Schott NYC's 100th Anniversary in the Sunday Styles section.
Click Here to read the full article online.
The Perfecto, a zippered leather motorcycle jacket with a distinctive single star stud on each epaulet (it is sometimes referred to as the “One Star”), might be the most iconic piece of American outerwear there is. Bruce Springsteen, the Ramones, Andy Warhol, the Beastie Boys and Lady Gaga have all worn the jacket, which was invented by the American outerwear manufacturer Schott NYC. James Dean wore his everywhere, helping get the jacket banned in some American high schools for its rebellious connotations. But nobody is more identified with the garment than Marlon Brando, who paired his with faded Levi’s and a scowl in “The Wild One.”
Ironically, some motorcycle-jacket fetishists question whether Brando’s jacket was authentic — Schott maintains that it was — but the widespread assumption that Brando did wear one is a tribute to the power of the Perfecto, a brand that, like Kleenex and Hula Hoops, has become synonymous with the product it manufactures. “By the early ’80s every Japanese kid wished to get it,” according to Rin Tanaka, the author of last December’s “Schott: 100 Years of an American Original” (Cycleman Books), who grew up in Japan. “It was as iconic as Jack Daniels or Marvel Comics or Coors beer.”
Tanaka’s book was just the first of several centennial-related celebrations for the Schott. This weekend, the family-owned company will open a flagship store in NoLIta at 236 Elizabeth Street — less than a mile from 23 East Broadway, where Irving and Jack Schott began making raincoats in a basement factory in 1913. The opening will be accompanied by an exhibit at 201 Mulberry Street of vintage Schott jackets, including Perfectos painted on by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as custom Perfectos designed by Shepard Fairey, Curtis Kulig and Juliana Lazzaro.
“We kind of backed into the Keith Haring jackets,” said Jason Schott, the company’s C.O.O. and the great-grandson of its co-founder, who contacted the Haring Foundation several years ago about another matter. “They said, ‘We have a jacket here that Keith painted on.’ I asked them to check the label, and sure enough, it was a Schott. They’ve since found four Schott jackets that were Keith’s.”
Schott professed not to worry that heritage brands like his, so popular in recent years, might fall by the wayside. “Trends are going to change,” he said, “but heritage will never go away. We’re still producing everything here in America. The ‘Made in America’ movement is growing stronger.”
Schott NYC’s new flagship store will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 4 at 236 Elizabeth Street. Its temporary exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 4-6 at Openhouse Mulberry, 201 Mulberry Street. Admission is free; schottnyc.com.
In honor of their 100th Anniversary, the Schott family announces a design-your-own women’s jacket program launching today. The brand best known for inventing the first motorcycle jacket, The Perfecto®, will make all the jackets by hand, on turn of the century machines, at their factory in Union, NJ.
The online program will allow women to choose the leather, lining and hardware colors to create a one-of-a-kind, slim fit, cropped leather motorcycle jacket. Areas available to customize will be the signature elements of a Perfecto®: sleeves, body, collar and lapels, epaulets, pockets and belt. Classic Schott hardware such as snaps, belt buckles, heavy-duty zippers, and iconic stars will be available in nickel, black and brass. Linings options are colored satin, and cotton prints such as polka dots and animal prints.
The jackets will be available to customize online at www.schottnyc.com/buildyourown. Prices start at $995 with the option to add on more colors and materials for an additional fee. Delivery is estimated in approximately 4 weeks.
“The Perfecto® has always been a symbol of individuality. We have seen artists, punks and rebels with and without a cause customizing their leather jackets since pilots began painting their jackets back in WWII.”
Says Jason Schott, COO and fourth generation of the Schott family.
World News site, The Huffington Post featured Schott's 100th Anniversay
How I Did It: Schott N.Y.C.
The company behind the leather jacket sported by rock icons from James Dean to Bruce Springsteen all started out of a basement in New York City in 1913.
A century ago, Irving and Jack Schott began selling raincoats made on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Today, Schott N.Y.C. has grown into a globally recognized outerwear brand that continues to be worn by stars like Rihanna and Jay-Z.
While the company operates four stores in Japan, one in Paris, and plans to open a store in New York this fall, Schott N.Y.C. still handcrafts most of its products right here in America, and is still family-owned.
"I grew up loading trucks and sweeping floors and coming in with my mother and my father," said Jason Schott, the chief operating officer of Schott N.Y.C.
Schott is the great-grandson of Irving, his mother is the company's president and his uncle is the CEO. He plans to hand down the company to his children some day.
Though Schott N.Y.C. has always sold a variety of outerwear, including flight jackets and pea coats, they're most known for their "Perfecto" leather jacket with its signature asymmetrical zip.
The "Perfecto" was adopted by motorcycle riders in the 1920s because it kept the wind out and didn't bunch up. But the jacket's status was sealed in the 1950s when a young actor named Marlon Brando wore it in the movie "The Wild Ones." After that, some school systems went so far as to ban the jackets because they were associated with hoodlums.
By the 1970s, the brand had become closely tied to some of music's biggest stars.
"It just became the punk rock uniform," said Schott, noting that the Ramones were known to have worn Schott jackets on stage when they performed.
Today, Schott jackets are still sported by celebrities ranging from Jay-Z to Lady Gaga. Schott credits the company's continued success in part to its strong association with Americana -- both at home and abroad -- and his family's own active role in operations.
"We definitely enjoy getting out there and getting involved with the production process," Schott said. "We're willing to get in there and get our hands dirty with the employees and make sure that they understand we wouldn't ask them to do anything that we're not willing to do."
It's a tradition Schott says he plans to pass down to the next generation.
"My biggest goal for the company is just to continue to maintain our identity, to grow and to have a stronger company to pass on to my children when I'm ready to retire a long time from now," Schott said.
Vice Magazine visited our factory and featured our 100th Anniversary! Click here to read the story online: http://www.vice.com/read/the-first-wild-one-000211-v20n2
By Wilbert L. Cooper
American ingenuity is responsible for some of the world’s greatest creations. For instance, the cheeseburger is arguably the best all-around food ever and the internet is borderline godlike in its scope. The same goes for a garment that has been adopted by crusty gutter punks, beer-gutted bikers, and yuppies alike: the infallible leather motorcycle jacket. This timeless icon of utilitarian fashion came from the mind of Irving Schott, cofounder of a company now known as Schott NYC, who made history with his iconic asymmetrical jacket design, commonly called the Perfecto.
The scrappy son of Russian immigrants, Irving started his career as a patternmaker for clothing manufacturers in the early 1900s. In 1913, he opened a factory with his brother Jack under the name Schott Bros. in the dingy basement of a tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Irving’s first successful products were sheepskin-lined raincoats, which he peddled from door to door. Like any good business, Schott Bros. began to diversify its offerings, bestowing its top-of-the-line coats with the Perfecto brand name. Inspired by Irving’s favorite torpedo-shaped cigars, Perfecto labels were stitched on all of his best leather and wool-lined outerwear.
At the time, motorcycles were probably the furthest thing from Irving’s mind, considering they had only recently become commercially available and he didn’t even know how to drive a car. Irving was introduced to the world of boss hogs by a friend who was a member of the Beck family. The Becks were one of the country’s largest Harley-Davidson distributors and published a popular catalog of their wares that was available at motorcycle dealerships across the country. Schott Bros. began manufacturing outerwear for the Beck catalog in 1920, including early iterations of what would become the modern motorcycle jacket.
Up until this point, there wasn’t a single piece of outerwear on the market sturdy enough to be synonymous with riding motorcycles. Wool jackets lacked the ability to protect the rider from the cutting wind at high speeds, and the leather coats of the day were not designed for the hunched-over, extended-arm posture necessary to drive a motorcycle; this was compounded by the fact that wearing either type of jacket on a motorcycle almost guaranteed that anything in the rider’s pockets would be blown into the air while barreling down the road. The advent of the zipper solved these problems and became a key element to Irving’s design.
Modern zippers—invented in 1913, the same year Schott opened its first factory—were at first prohibitively expensive for clothing manufacturers. But then World War I happened, and the US military found several ways to utilize the newfangled enclosure device, which helped drive down the cost and made zippers affordable to the consumer market. Sensing the potential of this new technology, Irving was the first clothier to put a zipper on a jacket in 1925.
In 1928, after a series of designs, Irving created what is now recognized as the modern motorcycle jacket, using the defining diagonal zipper to fasten the enclosure. The angle of the zipper was essential to blocking the wind, and it ensured that the jacket didn’t bunch up when the rider sat down. It was made out of horsehide, produced for Beck under the Perfecto brand, and sold for a whopping $5.50.
Back in those days, the motorcycle jacket was a total oddity, and those bold enough to wear them probably looked peculiar amid the longer formal coats popular at the time. Nearly everything about Schott’s jacket was designed for utility, disregarding style almost entirely. Two decades later, the design had become more common, and the modern mythos of the motorcycle jacket began to take hold. Its adoption into popular culture coincided with its appearance in films like The Wild One (1953), which depicted an angry and aimless Marlon Brando wearing a tightfitting Schott Perfecto as the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes a small town. By the end of the 1950s, schools across the US were banning students from wearing the jacket, which of course only cemented its status as a fashionable symbol of rebellion. This explosion of popularity resulted in the Perfecto name becoming synonymous with Schott’s motorcycle jacket, superseding the brand’s other designs.
The steely-eyed, fuck-everyone cool Brando perfected continued to be embraced over subsequent decades by icons like James Dean, the Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, and Jay-Z—all of whom donned some iteration of Schott’s black leather jacket. Like blue jeans, it is a classic American garment that has been reinterpreted by virtually every major fashion designer and brand: from avant-garde weirdos like Rick Owens to traditionalists like Ralph Lauren to no-name companies that supply cheap and inferior versions to big-box stores. But there’s still nothing like the original; no one has managed to best the motorcycle jackets made by Schott NYC, who continue to use turn-of-the-century machines and hand-cut leather in their manufacturing process.
This year, Schott NYC celebrates its centennial. We figured it was high time to pay a visit to their factory in New Jersey and share with you the ins and outs of this impeccable American classic.
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