Classic Perfecto® Leather Motorcycle Jacket

STYLE: 118


Classic Perfecto® Leather Motorcycle Jacket

STYLE: 118

A men's classic leather motorcycle jacket, the Perfecto® 118 features U.S. sourced, drum-dyed, hand-cut, heavyweight naked cowhide.

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  • Offered in both 26" (Regular) and 28” (Long) body lengths
  • U. S. sourced, drum dyed, hand cut, heavyweight, full aniline cowhide (naked leather)
  • Large back panel design, a signature of Schott's uncompromising Perfecto® quality
  • Asymmetrical main zipper pattern for added warmth and protection
  • Snap down lapels, collar and shoulder epaulets
  • Bi-swing back panels with grommet vented underarm footballs
  • Traditional zippered sleeve cuffs
  • Attached belt with durable nickel plated square buckle with snap to hold belt in place
  • Three outside zippered pockets plus small coin flap pocket
  • Inside lower map pocket and leather trimmed inside breast pocket (on left side)
  • 5.5 ounce fixed nylon poly-quilt insulated lining
  • U.S.A.

    Model is 6'1", weighs 175 lbs, with a 37" chest and is wearing size 38.

    Leather Type, Fit and Construction:

    We consider the Model 118 as a close cousin to our popular Model 618 with just a few differences. Perfecto® Model 118 leather jackets for men are made with U. S. sourced, chrome-tanned, drum dyed, heavyweight naked leather. This hide has a softer "hand" when compared to our steerhide and a matte finish. It is chrome tanned and processed to provide many years of use without the need for treatments or conditioners. Right out of the box this jacket will feel like it was custom made for you. This Perfecto® model 118 motorcycle jacket was designed and built for the long haul, the short ride, and everything in between. Not recommended for those who are looking to just blend in with the crowd.

    Schott NYC uses heavyweight naked cowhide to help your leather jacket become your "second skin". Motorcycle jackets need to be as tough as the people wearing them. For wind protection and added warmth the 118 features an attached belt, zippered sleeve cuffs and a durable insulated nylon quilted lining sewn into the body of the jacket. Our bi-swing back panels and under arm footballs ensures that this jacket moves with you eliminating that restrictive feel often found with other leather motorcycle jackets. Nickel plated brass hardware complete this timeless American made classic that is built to last a lifetime.

    As with all Perfecto® leather jackets, Schott only uses the best, highest quality leather available. In the same tradition started in the late 1920’s, highly skilled workers hand-cut each panel for the 118. In keeping with their original custom style, Schott designed this jacket model with added versatility. Available in both regular and long sizes we often suggest this model for our taller customers. Long sizes add 2 inches to the body length and 1 inch to the sleeves.
    Schott sells this leather jacket model true to size, if you wear a 42 suit jacket simply order a size 42 and you will even have room for a sweatshirt underneath for those colder days. With that said it has occurred a few times that some of those young whippersnappers are able to downsize to achieve that tight, t-shirt only, bad boy look. Of course this is just our best recommendation, as always we suggest you carefully check our sizing diagrams and measurements to determine best fit.

    The Schott Perfecto® Model #118 is still proudly made in the U.S.A. Our customers know that the quality and construction of our jackets are unparalleled. From the heavyweight thread we use to the strong American hands that do the crafting. We build our leather motorcycle jackets to the same indestructible standards as the old style leather medicine balls. One-hundred plus years of being the best is your assurance that Schott Brothers stands behind every jacket we make.


    The three pocket design of the Schott Perfecto® Model 118 dates back to the late 1940's. In those days this leather motorcycle jacket was referred to as just “Perfecto®” or “Beck model 999” (manufactured by Schott). The small coin flap pocket started out as a custom option offered in the early 50's. By 1955 this coin pocket became a standard feature of this biker-style jacket known as “the Perfecto® One Star".

    Considered to be the best motorcycle jacket it caught the mainstream public's attention after Marlon Brando epitomized the coolest of cool, wearing his Perfecto® in that iconic classic film “The Wild One”. Originally referred to as "the One Star", it was officially banned from schools across the US for an entire year in the mid 50’s. Some believe this action served to make the Schott Perfecto® even more desirable to America’s young renegades with their “Wild One” tendencies. School Boards wanted to burn it and youthful rebels saved every penny to buy one. At the time, this jacket retailed for close to $50 which amounted to roughly 100 hours of work if you were a gas station attendant making fifty cents an hour!

    The customized asymmetrical leather motorcycle jacket worn by Brando became the must-have anti-establishment symbol for 1950’s youth. The orders skyrocketed for this leather jacket causing Irving Schott and his son Mel to increase their workforce and expand the Schott factory. By the mid 1960’s the Perfecto® men’s jackets had also caught on with the emerging rock n roll movement. Once again, due to increasing sales, Schott had grown out of their current factory on King Street in Perth Amboy, NJ. A few new factories later and still in New Jersey, Schott proudly continues this iconic American classic motorcycle jacket for the wild side in all of us. There is still a Schott family member in the factory every day to make sure Irving would still be proud to put his name in these jackets.

    Interested in more? Learn about the history of the Perfecto® by clicking here.
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    Published: Sat, 5/25/2019 by Nate

    This jacket is so many things but these three matter the most to me. One it created the biker jacket category, Two if you don't own this jacket then you own a jacket trying to copy this jacket "There's only one Harley Davidson and there's only one Schott NYC" Three it's made in the USA. Conclusion, stop pretending and get a Perfecto!

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    Published: Sun, 4/21/2019 by kris bush

    Outstanding quality, fit, and finish. I have had multiple long rides in this jacket and it has kept me warm, comfortable, and looking good.

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    Published: Fri, 4/19/2019 by lynfordd

    Perfect addition to your collection . Great leather weight . If you ride also just the right cut to feel comfortable. Quality as you always expect and get with a Schott purchase . It’s going to be one of my favorite ones for sure . I’m sure you be delighted also . It is very true to size .

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    Published: Mon, 3/4/2019 by lynfordd

    A must have one to your collection. Bit heavier . Great one for that weakend ride. 42/L is usually a perfect fit for me. I ordered it to use mainly for the motorcycle ride so I went with the tall to have a bit more length. Great one you love it!

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    Published: Mon, 3/4/2019 by Irapoan Barp

    Everything that I read In all of the reviews is true the quality it’s unbelievable the best leather jacket that I ever owned!

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    Published: Fri, 2/22/2019 by Anders Wigren

    I have had this Perfecto 118 for nearly a year now, and as the title says, I never have had a better jacket.
    And thanks to Jerri for excellent support with the size.

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    Published: Mon, 2/18/2019 by Johanne Buot

    I’m 20 years old and have been drooling over Schott jackets since I was 18 but I had no money so I got a job and saved up and eventually pulled the trigger on a perfecto 118.

    I’m absolutely in love with this jacket, I own couple other leather jackets but they don’t come as close to the quality of my 118. You can tell the craftsmanship of Schott jackets are high quality, the feel and the smell of this jacket is amazing. It doesn’t creak or anything like that. Feels smooth and I get compliments from girls my age and as well as older men haha! All in all it’s a beautiful jacket and I can’t wait to pass it down to my children.

    I am 5’11, 234 lbs, and a 43-44” chest. broad shoulders and have a bit of a belly. I got the size 44 and the jacket feels just right with a shirt, has room for a flannel or a light sweater underneath any thicker than that then it will be uncomfortably tight. The length is perfect, I got worried the 26” regular would be too short but no it hits my waist just right.

    Thank you, thank you, and thank you Schott for my beautiful 118! I might save up for another one

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    Published: Sun, 2/17/2019 by Chip Bateman

    I am 6’2” tall and weigh 175 pounds. I wear a 44 long sports jacket and a 15 1/2 x 35 dress shirt size. Based on Schott’s size calculator, I ordered the Perfecto in size 44 Regular. It was too small. I returned it for size 46 long. This turned out to be proper. Although the sleeves are a little long when my arms are resting at my side, they are correct when my arms are outstretched in front of me. The jacket is beautifully made and has a nice heft. I am very pleased with it.

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    Published: Wed, 2/13/2019 by JOPE

    High class motorcycle jacket. Confortable, classic, an Icon.

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    Published: Fri, 12/7/2018 by Jimi Wright

    Just got my 118. Love it. Built like a tank, and really warm. This thing is a compliment magnet. I can understand why this company has been around for so long.

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