Schott N.Y.C.
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: Sun, 2/23/2020 by Logan MacLeod

    Take a trip back in time, and try to remember that precise moment you decided you wanted to wear a leather jacket. Maybe you saw a guy on a motorcycle, or maybe you were watching a movie, or maybe rocking out to your favorite band. Whatever that moment was, this was probably the jacket that you saw in that moment. The 118 is a icon. I've owned mine for a decade and the jacket just gets better with age.

    For size reference, I'm 5'9 215 lbs. with a 47 inch chest and 36 inch waist. The 48 regular fits perfectly with enough room to layer a heavy flannel underneath.

    Put it on. You won't be sorry.

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    Published: Sat, 2/15/2020 by N Logan

    I bought this jacket as a casual jacket after having a similar style of jacket many years ago. Bought direct from US, no issues. Be prepared for the import charge, still a bit cheaper than buying in UK though. I bought mine online, tried on a 40" and a 42" from a UK stockist. I am a 42 chest. 40 was too small and first 42 was too big, more like a 46" (don't know what was going on there, wrong size label fitted maybe?) The 2nd 42 jacket I tried is good fit. Fitting is neat but this is the style of it, room for a t shirt or shirt under, that's all. I love it, well made quality item. I would imagine my jacket will just get better as it wears in. Customer service from US was excellent,(Denise) helpful and prompt replies to my questions about sizing. Highly recommended.

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    Published: Fri, 2/7/2020 by Fred L Martin

    I'm 72, been riding Harleys since I was 22, others as a kid. Owned many leathers, even a Bates. Sold it to buy this; the finest, best fitting jacket I've owned yet. 152 mile run today in 37° weather..wind chill @ 75MPH..legs cold, chest warm. GREATEST JACKET. Won't buy another because this one will outlast me;)

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    Published: Fri, 1/3/2020 by leon
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

    The 118 is the best perfecto/biker leather jacket. I love this jacket is so soft , smooth , and comfortable comparing it the 618 beloved steerhide. I am 5 10 185 lbs athletic build size 40 chest however i sized down to a 38 for a slim fit bad boy look.

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    Published: Mon, 12/30/2019 by Eddie Hernandez

    This jacket is truly Perfecto. It is completely perfect, from the style to the fit. The quality is unmatched. The leather is soft yet tough. If you want perfection, this is the classic motorcycle jacket to get. It will last a lifetime. I’m sure it will outlast me. Great job Schott! Perfect jacket and perfect customer service from beginning to end. Keep up the great work.

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    Published: Fri, 12/13/2019 by Lynford K Donivan

    The cut the fit the leather and quality. Are all perfect. Order your true size. It’s going to fit and feel great. You want to add this one to your collection for sure.

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    118 PERFECTO

    Published: Sat, 11/30/2019 by J Hurdley

    The jacket is really well made and great quality leather. I’m 6’1” and 220pounds with a 46” chest. I ordered a 46 regular which fits me perfectly with a hoodie worn underneath which is exactly what I wanted.
    If you want a really fitted jacket I wouldn’t say the 118 is for you as it’s a more relaxed fit in my opinion.
    Really happy with my purchase
    Great jacket.

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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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    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.

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    • Need to return an item? The shipping label is a flat rate label of $9.95

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