Classic Perfecto® Leather Motorcycle Jacket
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.
THE GOLD STANDARD 5 STAR PRODUCT
My Perfecto was a little too big and I had to exchange for the proper size. I followed the return exchange policy and sadly sent the Perfecto back. I promptly received the new exchange jacket no questions asked. Schott NYC customer service was awesome and the process simple. My Perfecto 118 fit is excellent and feels better than I imagined. Schott NYC definitely is the best of the best.
LEATHER JACKET PERFECTION!!
Exact Fit I Wanted!
Leather Jacket PERFECTION!!
I bought the 118 size 50 tall jacket. Glad I bought the tall did as I needed the extra 28” length. I’m a 49” chest, 6’1” and 235 lbs. Jacket fit perfect with room enough for wearing a hoodie underneath....but fits great with just a tShirt. I did have to get the sleeves shortened by about 1.5 inches, which I anticipated. That alteration cost me $100 at a leather tailor...but well worth it for benefit of the extra length. As for the quality? Leather is far far nicer than my Pakistani First Genuine lol! Quality of assembly and tailoring is amazing! Made in the USA is the only way to go! ...and I’m Canadian! lol!
Very happy with my 118 fits perfect looks amazing, still waiting on the stars for the epaulets hopefully they come soon other than that very satisfied
THE BEST JACKET EVER
The best leather jacket ever , so comfortable that I can wear it all day long and feel free when moving doing everyday things or riding... , never felt so with a jacket before plus this jacket got a history .. it fits me like a glove and I love it.
THIS JACKET IS EXACTLY WHAT IT’S REPUTATION IS MADE UP TO BE.
This jacket is simply the best leather jackets I’ve ever worn and one of the best jackets just in general. Super high quality leather and excellent construction. Worth every penny.
RATHER THAN OVERTHINKING...
I'd like to write a review and overthink and ramble. I'd like to say that this cut gets a bad rap as being for dudes having a midlife crisis and needing something to accomodate their gut. I really don't see that at all.
I had my heart set on the 618 in steerhide, and I would not have even considered the 118. I wanted the extra toughness. However, the 618 was pretty tight in 36, and I don't think I could have worn more than a t-shirt under it; I wanted a bit more versatility, and I was afraid the 38 would be too big and still too short.
The 118 in 36 is sized about like a 618 in 38, sure, but the thing people don't seem to realize is that waist is actually a bit trimmer than a size 38 618. A 118 falls somewhere in between, so it's sort of like a half size, a 37 rather than a 38 but marked as a 36 for whatever reason, despite matching the chest of the size 38.
Anyway, it is bigger in the shoulders (I guess I needed this), a little bigger in the chest... All this is good. I have big shoulders apparently (plus I want to be able to wear stuff under it), and I definitely have a big chest and upper back. However, after my big upper back ends, stuff always tends to be way too loose on my midback and especially my lower back. Since this tapers down at the waist, It fits me great, better than a 618 would in any size.
So, I "settled" for the naked cowhide 118,, but I think it will actually be better for me in the long run anyway...
I hope to be back with another review after I've spent some time with it, maybe years up on years. And, finally, here is a note I just wrote to customer service:
Hi, hopefully this is still Denise! If not, maybe you could tell her for me: She put in a ton of work with me, and it was all worthwhile. While the 618 of my dreams fit kind of funny in 36, a 118 in 36 fits "perfectly". I hate it when people say something fits "perfectly," but... it does. it is exactly the fit I had in mind, great with a t-shirt, but I can also wear a hoodie, or a turtleneck and vest, etc etc etc, under it. I love it so much! I cannot say I have suddenly become a god among men, but I can stay I've spent an awful lot of time admiring my reflection in the mirror, and I promise that is NOT normal for me. I wanted it for its fantastic utility, but of course a flattering fit is a huge relief. It's also really warm. This is great. We'll see if I am still able to wear it in the summer, but mostly I wanted to make sure I could wear it when it's cooler/cold so that it can just hang on my wall 24/7/365, ready to go. If it's too heavy for summer, you can bet I will probably be fiending over a 626 in the future, however, I also really have my eye on the unlined trucker (seems like it would be the perfect companion to the 118 for year-round indoor/outdoor wear/layering, but of course the 626 has the Perfecto look I can't get enough of right now).
This jacket is everything I'd hoped for and more. I know you guys hear this all the time, however, I wanted to say that it would not have been possible without Denise's help. Thank you so much! I firmly believe this jacket will be with me the rest of my life, which was the idea. Will be 40 in a year, and I wanted a comforting companion to kind of literally wear to death. Morbid, but aging does that to a person.
Thank you again, truly. Much appreciation to Denise for helping me, and to the folks who built my jacket and to the supply chain. I don't know if I've ever been so happy with an object, and of course you have to be really happy when something is going to cost a lot and be with you forever.
Thanks a million! I am not exactly a financially successful person, but this is money well spent. I could have one jacket for the rest of my life if I wanted to go to that extreme: this one. Sounds over the top, but, again, I know you guys hear this a lot.
This is a really nice heavy weight product that is finished well. The sleeves are really long. I will have to have them shortened. I understand why they do not alter the sleeves prior to shipping as the length I would have chosen prior to trying on the jacket would not have been correct. Thank you
LIKE WEARING A BASEBALL GLOVE
Full disclosure, this is the first proper leather jacket I've ever owned. But it fits perfectly and looks great zipped up. I'm hoping that as it breaks in, it will relax in the arms a little bit, but as a whole, I love the way this looks and feels. Definitely great for the late fall and early winter we're going through right now. The leather is very thick and pretty stiff to begin with, but that's what I was looking for, so I'm thrilled.
THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE BEST!
Order your suit jacket size and you won't go wrong! They're called "classic" because the style can't be specifically dated ... it's whatever that means to you, pure "nostalgia"! You deserve it, get it!
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