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SCHOTT VINTAGE FLIGHT JACKET

 

Hi,

 

I found a wonderful Brown SCHOTT vintage Leather Bomber Jacket in Paris recently.

 

It does have a perfect Patina. And also, it has an inside pocket, which is not so frequent in flight jackets. This pocket is made in a silky brown material.

 

What year can that jacket be from?

 

 Please let me know.

 

Anyway, i'm so happy i found such a vintage SCHOTT Flight Jacket.

Gail on 10/03/05 at 02:25 PM

Hi, I have responded to your email that you sent me in regards to this inquiry. As I staed in my email reply to you I would need additional information and photo to try and determine exactly what style number the jacket is. I am unable to determine a jacket by the inside pocket of the jacket. Gail

Rydman on 10/08/05 at 05:38 AM

I have a schott flight jacket I bought back in '78 at the big flea market in Paris France of all places. Anyway it is pretty beat up now and has survived 3-4 motorcycle crashes among several other things over the years. The size tag is long gone. I think it was a 46. It always was too big in the body but the sleeves were just right. The pleated vents under arm and in shoulder blade area help a lot with not having sleeves ride up my forearms when riding moto and in general.

 

I remember once some gang members tried to steal it from me in the Paris metro at knife point. That was an adventure. The short version of the story is, I still have the jacket. They were hugely popular back then but a lot of guys couldn't afford them. If my memory is correct, I paid about the equivalent of $120 for it back then. As a teenager back then, I remember saving my money for quite a while to be able to get one.

 

I just bought a new 44Long A/2 Flight Jacket and the style is still pretty much the same. The leather is a lot softer than my original jacket. Being a long size, the sleeves and torso are a bit longer than my 1st jacket which is fine since I am tall and have long arms.

 

There are a few important details I like better on my old one tho:

1. The zipper teeth for the lining are more concealed behind a flap of material. When lining is out, this prevents zipper teeth from snagging on my shirts, especially a sweater for ex. The new jacket's lining zipper teeth are more exposed and pretty sharp. You can feel them through a t-shirt. I would be very careful about wearing anything like a sweater when wearing jacket w/o lining.

2. There are now three large brass colored snaps on underside of coat's collar that fur collar attaches to. They don't look so nice when I flip the collar up w/o fur collar attached. I noticed on my old one there was only one snap on collar underside in back and I removed it. I would like to remove these three on new jacket. There will always be a small perforation where snap was but they would be less visible than 3 brass snaps. Any suggestions? I can't remeber how i did this on old jacket tho w/o screwing up collar. I never used fur collar that came with my 1st jacket once and don't plan on using this one. So, for me, having these 3 snaps there is not necessary. Otherwise, this is a beautiful jacket.

 

I am glad Schott Brothers Sportswear (I guess it's Schott NYC now) are still around. I will keep my original jacket for ever. It is a part of me
now. I still wear it 3-4 times a year for old time's sake.  When I think of all the crazy memories it brings back, it always puts a smile on my face. That jacket is still going strong after 27 years and a lot of abuse. I am sure my new one will have a much easier life as I have mellowed out with age... a bit anyway.

 


 

SCHOTT4259 on 10/08/05 at 10:46 AM

 

Hi,

 

What a story. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. I expect you could really find very good SCHOTT Flight Jackets in the 70's and 80's.

 

Nowadays, you cannot find good Flight Jackets, even at that big Flea Market in the north part of Paris.

 

Can you find some good vintage Flight Jackets in the US, and particularly in NYC nowadays?

 

Well, i will also keep my Jacket all the time. I would never be able to get rid of it actually.

 

As a conclusion, i am sure that SCHOTT mad the best Flight Jackets.

 

 

Rydman on 10/08/05 at 07:14 PM

I am not sure if it is easy to find "vintage" Flights here in US or NYC. These days, you could check on ebay of course. I could not find any vintage or new Schott or otherwise and I have been looking on and off for years. So I was quite happy when my wife found this Schott NYC website for me. I told her that all I knew about flight jacket I had was that it was made by some US company called Schott and that I didn't know if they were in biz still or if the co had changed names.

 

Since i could not find any Flight jackets, when I found this website and saw that Schott still made flight jackets and I could order correct size, I decided to buy one. I am glad I did.

 

I wore it for 1st time today and it reminded me of getting my 1st one...taking the metro to the flea market with all my savings in the bottom of my shoe LOL! The last thing I wanted was to get ripped off or loose my money when I was finally on my way to get it. It was a pretty big purchase for me at the time. I think I was 16.  Out of all the stuff I bought that long ago, I think only this jacket remains in my posession today. It is funny how one can get attached to certain things.

 

If they don't sell them at the flea market anymore, then order one from Schott NYC off this website.  If you have questions about size, email Gail, she helped me with correct size. It looks like you are in Paris, France so you may have to pay a bit extra for shipping but then the Euro is strong so that works in your favor. They do cost a bit more than they did back in the day but to be fair, that was a long time ago! If you figure the cost per year and plan to keep it for 25+ years, the cost is not so much really.

 

When I bought mine at flea mkt (marche aux puces), they had several vendors selling US Army/Airforce surplus stuff like canteens, fatigues, helmets, flight jackets etc... My guess is a lot of that stuff was left behind when the American armed forces left France some time the war. Thes guys at the flea market, must have got a hold of it and would sell it. But, by now, I imagine most US military stuff left behind has been discovered and sold, especially flight jackets. Back then (late '70's), everybody had to have a flight jacket and a pair of Levi's 501 jeans and a white t-shirt LOL! Everybody wanted to look like james dean or something... although, didn't he wear a Perfecto? whatever!

 

To everybody at Schott NYC, thanks for being there, thanks for two great jackets. I know how much I paid for this new one but the truth is my original one will always be priceless and irreplaceable.

 

Good luck whatever you decide to do. Salut et vive la France!

Gail on 10/12/05 at 03:49 PM

In reference to the removal of the snaps on the collar, we suggest that you do not attempt this yourself as it may cause visible damge to the leather, which would be unrepairable. If you are within the continental US you can send the jacket into us and we will remove the snaps for you. If you need to contact me on sending the jacket in please email me at gail@schottnyc.com Gail

Rydman on 10/12/05 at 06:21 PM

Gail, Thanks for reply. I will email you about this.

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