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I have been looking for this jacket for years after I found it in a men's store that only carried a small. A year after, I mistakenly bought the wrong model: 654VN. The vintage is a beautiful jacket, to be sure, but because of the vintaging process, the sizing/fit is a bit uneven across the jacket so I ultimately decided to buy the one I had originally tried on: the 654.
I was right: the jacket falls beautifully from the neck down to the edge of your shoulders, and from the clavicle down through your abdomen (while open). If you're slimmer (5'7", 130 lbs), this is the jacket for you. It will not look boxy, and, if you got the right size, will close comfortably without any pull across the upper chest. The jacket is very stiff at first, but it's cowhide and you're supposed to have this for years. After 1-2 years, it'll feel more like its built for my body.
The jacket also isn't as glossy as the images look. Can't figure out why Schott pictures on the website don't truly show the color. Anyway, they always look better in person. Fixtures are beautiful and have a lifetime warranty.
I bought two of the same size for comparison because it's leather and each jacket will fit differently. I settled on one that had a more even texture, fell on my body better.
If you're a slimmer guy, average or just below average height and don't have insanely broad shoulders, this jacket will look beautiful. Denise was also helpful with questions!
Beautiful coat, wonderful craftsmanship. The only complaint i have is that the lining is polyester, for the price something more natural would be nice, at this point im nitpicking though.
I overcame my wife's objection ("Oh no. Not another black leather jacket!") and I'm glad I did. Great leather, perfect fit, and speedy free overnight delivery. I couldn't be more pleased with the whole experience! Know that while the styling is definitely motorcycle, this jacket is more of a casual wear about town piece. No shoulder gussets make for a slim trim profile at the expense of performance on a bike for example.
Just received my jacket. Unfortunately... once again - no magic in this world. You get what you paid for. I have tried all kinds of cafe racer style jackets from many manufacturers, and SchottNYC is still the best you can get. Pricey, but again... you get what you paid for. Simply top notch.
If this can help someone... I am 6'2/220 lbs, 45 inch chest, 33 inch waist, relatively long arms (36-37 dress shirt sleeves) . Ordered size L. Fits snugly (as I want it to fit) and the sleeves are about 3/4 of an inch shorter than I wanted them to be. However, the sleeves will stretch a bit over time. Should fit perfectly.
This jacket is gorgeous. I was so disappointed that it didn't fit right for motorcycle riding. If it had gusseted arms it would have been absolutely perfect.
The 654 is a beauty for sure but you have to be weary on the fit. The leather is stiff and will need to be broken in, which was no problem to me. It is slim, yes, but it is also a Eruo cut which means the chest/shoulders will be small. If you are 5'7" 170lbs in athletic shape, this jacket is not for you. I feel this jacket is designed for someone who is slim with very little muscle mass. Slim doesn't necessarily mean tight fit. It means no width as well. I tried both XL and Large. Large fit my hips and waist but was too tight in the shoulders/chest and biceps. I literally couldn't move. The XL was a good fit in the shoulders and chest but everything else was too large. I have since returned both and received my 530 which was a perfect fit in Large. I wish the 654 can in an american cut with the same leather as the 530 with the bi-fold option.
If what you want is a classic real leather jacket this is a great product. But really only if you want specifically a classic leather jacket, there are characteristics of the jacket you should expect going in.
1. It comes stiff as hell. It also fits a bit slim (as its supposed to). So before it breaks in, range of motion is resisted by the leather.
2. It has that old fashion black color, I don't know exactly how to discribe it other than traditional black leather jacket color. There's like a ever so slightly yellowish tinge to it. Photos dipict it decent enough.
3. Its not particularly warm. Leather itself is not a significant insulator and there is no other noteable lining.
4. Its thick leather, even when broken in it won't "flow" like some suede thats been sanded/trimed. This leads to a more substancial feel imo, but its less flexable. It also weighs a decent amount.
My only complaint would probably be the arm zippers coming undone too easily. Happens just by itself too easily. But a careful spec of locktite fixed it for me.
I recently bought a black cherry casual racer leather jacket and even ordered it from Europe paying taxes and shipment cost, since I no longer live in the USA, but it was still worth it! The delivery was fast and the quality of the jacket is superb. Compared to my other Schott ( Brown delivery jacket, also size m) it is more tight fitting, so you should take the snug fit into consideration if you plan to wear layers although it is intended for wearing during spring and summer. The color is even better than in the photos and, in my opinion, more sophisticated than black and more formal than brown which means easier to dress up by wearing a shirt and a skinny tie. The jacket is really light ( approximately around 1,5 Kg) and has a soft and luxurious feeling. I love wearing it and I hope that I will keep enjoying it for years to come! Highly recommended to all interested in investing in an elegant and versatile leather jacket.
I have a few Schott sweaters and have been wanting a jacket for a long time. I landed on the 654 after trying many different styles. The style and feel of this jacket is timeless. The leather is a little stiff at first but breaks in quickly. The XL is the perfect size for me at 6ft. with broad shoulders and long arms. I went with the brown for a little different look as there are so many people in black leather jackets out there. The tone of the brown is deep and rich. Highly recommend.
Bought the 654 a few weeks ago.
EXCELLENT quality, super comfortable and has a very COOL look!
Thank you SchottNYC for making me happy!
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