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Town and Country March 2012

Town and Country wrote a fantastic story about the motorcycle jacket trend and it's origins in their March Issue.

 

From Town and Country page 74: "The Louis Vuitton spring collection was an oder to hyperfemininity. The models wore doll-style tiaras, their candy-colored skirts were knee-length, and their collared shirts were buttoned up to the top. Mixed in with all the prim and propiety, however; were several variations on that icon of nonconformist cool: the motorcycle jacket. When Irving and Jack Schott debuted their biker jacket in the early years of the 20th century- it retailed for $5.50 at a Long Island Harley- Davidson dealership and was named the perfecto after the brother' favorite cigar- it's likel they did not envision it ever beign wrought in baby-blue corcodile or wool boucle fastooned with white feathers, as it was a Vuitton, or made from pale pink leather at Ralph lauren, or tan suede at Tod's and Bottega Veneta. But as with all true classics, the biker jacket is always ripe for revision. (Think of everything that's been done to the basic white T-shirt or a pair of blue jeans.) And while pale pink might not exactly have the street cred of traditional black leather even serious bikers admit the need for sartorial tweaks. Architect Peter Marino- never seen in anythign but head-to-toe black gear once admitted that some of his riding staples were bespoke Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme, and that he frequently employed the services of a leather tailor. Witness the standard-bearing Perfecto:Now designed by Irving Schott's great-grandson Jason, it comes in two-toned leather, a Jeremy Scott print inspired by Keith Haring and that most traditional of fabrics, Harris Tweed.

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