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Im a long time rider and had been on the hunt for a serious leather jacket to use for both riding and for style and after visiting the Soho NYC location, I settled on this beauty to handle both jobs! After 3 separate hour long visits to try and confirm styles, size & fit, the amazing staff, particularly Keith who was so knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and most importantly patient, he showed and explained in great detail quite a few different styles and sizes, I ended up going with the 603USA Cafecto. The quality is second to none, its a beauty, the leather is USA strong, which was a huge factor in my jacket search and choice, and the style is not over the top, although I do love the signature Perfecto, which i will be purchasing in the near future as well.
Sizing was an issue because of my short & 150lbs frame, the thought of being able to have enough room for layers on cold riding days had to get taken into account. Size 38 was fine with 1 or a thin layer but was too tight for fleece or sweatshirts or hoodies, so i went with 40. The sleeves on this model are just right or maybe just a tiny bit long for my 5’3-5’4 frame but the 618 and 118’s arms were much longer which i would have to get them taken up some. I’ve only worn it twice so far since we’re in the beginning of cold season here in NY but it feels great. The leather is tough but I'm looking forward to breaking it in and molding to my body.
All this being said, I'm super happy with my selection and look forward to rockin it for many years to come as it will be a staple in my closet and choice for different looks, whether styling out or gettin gritty with the black’d out biker look! Much thanks to the crew for all your help!
Very cool jacket. Initially made for the overseas market, this jacket does run a bit slim, so order one size up. You will love it
This is not just “a” jacket, it is “the” jacket.
Followed the sizing instructions, which suggested a size 40 even though I am usually a 38 and they were spot on. The jacket fits like a glove, with just enough room to spare should you want to wear a hoodie or a light sweater underwear. Leather is softer than expected, not much of a breaking in period required. Buy it, you will not regret it.
Beautiful jacket but ordered a size too big so it had to go back. Company web site made an easy return process! Can’t wait to order new size and try it out!
it pisses me off how excellent this jacket is. Sizing is slightly smaller than schott's sizing tool, I went a size down from suggested and it fits perfectly. If you were thinking of buying it, its time to simply buy it.
I've bought this Jacket from Germany. It was shipped in an awesome speed! The delivery was two days later.
The Jacket itself has an impressive quality. At first i thought about the classic perfecto, then i stumbled upon this.
It fits perfectly and the smell of leather is just fabulous!
I would buy it definetly again!
Schott’s Cafecto jacket is pure perfection and superb leather for that motorcycle rider who mounts his trusty cafe racer or classic British bike. It’s not a fashion accessory gentlemen. It’s protection for the men who dare to ride a 2 wheel vintage motorcycle and do the ton (if you have to look this up this jacket isn’t right for you).
It’s a real motorcycle jacket. Substantial leather, thick, strong and will do the job should you find yourself in a scrape or a slide. It’s tough and makes you feel tougher. Although this jacket looks like pure cool fashion-forward attire, don’t let its sex appeal fool you- it’s a workhorse. It takes the wind and rattle and roll of the road on top of a motorcycle like a champ. Hard to break it in, because it’s made so strong. I wear it when I ride and when I recline- you heard me... to help break it in I wear it indoors or I crumple it up and use it for back support- it’s a strong jacket fellas and it’ll take a beating.
The Cafecto’s style, sophistication and hybrid nature is the perfect mix a cafe style jacket mixed with Schott’s signature Perfecto cut. It’s cool as hell. You’ll feel cool as hell wearing it. You’ll get side glances of admiration and envy when you wear it out on your bike and around town. Do yourself a favor. There’s no regrets with this purchase. Man up and buy it.
I have always admired the iconic motorcycle jackets like those in films like, “The Wild Ones,” “Rebel Without A Cause,” and “Easy Rider.” (Negan in “The Walking Dead?)
I have three really nice leather jackets, two by Remy, and a Hugo Boss. However, primarily due to improving my diet, and a relatively new found dedication to regular exercise, I have lost a good deal of weight in recent years. Though I still wear those other jackets, they really don't fit, and they certainly don't have the style of a real motorcycle jacket.
Recently, I saw a story on CBS News called, "The Story and Making of the Iconic Leather Motorcycle Jacket" ( https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-story-and-making-of-the-iconic-leather-motorcycle-jacket/ ). From the story, I learned that the jacket that I had always wanted was the "Perfecto" jacket made by Schott NYC. I was impressed with the pride and skill that Schott’s put’s into each jacket. I was fascinated by the history of the company, the Schott family, and the manufacturing process itself. I really like that Schott's is committed to their jackets being, "Made In America."
I hadn't really been in the market for a new leather jacket, but the story stuck with me. I found and explored the Schott NYC website and fell in love with the hybrid style of the “Cafecto” jacket. Over a period of weeks, even though I have never ridden a motorcycle nor do I plan to do so anytime soon (I ride my bicycle regularly! :-) ), I recognized that owning THE motorcycle jacket had become a “bucket list” thing for me; a fashion statement obsession. As a result, I resolved to purchase one.
The description of the Cafecto jacket online recommends ordering one-size up, because the jacket was designed for the Japanese market. I measured myself, had a friend measure me, and then I called Schott Customer Service. What a pleasant experience! I have a 39.5" chest, approximately 18.5" shoulders, and a 29" waist. I weigh 148 lbs. I was worried. My other leather jackets range in size from 40 t0 44, and they are all too big.
Schott’s Customer Service recommended that I purchase the Cafecto in Size-40. Based on the recommendation to order one size-up, I figured my perfect size in this jacket would be a Size-41 (a size which isn't offered…I always seem to fall between sizes…it drives me nuts!). I called Customer Service again. A different, but equally pleasant, associate asked me a few additional questions about intended jacket use and fit preference. She also recommended a Size-40.
I fretted about it for a couple of weeks, did some Google research, and ultimately ordered the Size-40. (I was pretty sure that I was going to have to send it back, but I didn't want another leather jacket that was too big...). I ordered it on a Tuesday morning and received it on Wednesday afternoon (free shipping!). My Schott’s Cafecto jacket is beautiful and it fits extremely well. (For it to be perfect, I could use maybe another 0.50-0.75 inch in the shoulders. A Size-42 would definitely have been too big…).
Did I say that the jacket is beautiful?!!! I mean it is “work of art” beautiful! I have owned it for less than a week and I have worn it in public twice. I have had no less than six compliments in that time period. This jacket reeks style; my style for sure. The craftsmanship is absolutely amazing.
Like another reviewer here related, the jacket has filled my coat closet with the greatest leather smell. I love it. I am sure that I will be passing this jacket on to future generations in someway or another, it's made to last. I am looking forward to it molding itself to me, and developing that character that a high quality garment develops with use as it ages. (like we all do, right?!!!)
Schott NYC, this jacket is a masterpiece. Thank you so much. I am not easily impressed, but I am impressed with your business philosophy, your product, and your customer service. What a refreshing experience!
We ordered this jacket for my husband and it was too big. He loved the jacket, so we sent it back and are waiting for the smaller one to arrive. The jacket is superb quality. My only gripe is it cost us $60 to send it back with insurance. If Schott was concerned about keeping customers happy, they should pay the postage on returns as so many other companies do.
Since 1913, we have stood behind the quality of our products. That's why for our customers, if you are not happy with your item, you can send it back to us, with no questions asked. Our return and exchange policy is valid for 30 days from when the item was shipped, and make sure the original tags are attached, and it has not been worn.
For US customers:
• Need to exchange an item? No problem. The shipping label for the first exchange is FREE
• Need to return an item? The shipping label is a flat rate label of $9.95
For more information on returns including for international customers please visit www.schottnyc.com/returns