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.
BEST JACKET I'VE EVER BOUGHT
Not only is this the best jacket I've ever bought, it's probably the best thing I've ever bought. Everything about it is just quality. It looks ace, fits like a dream, and the little touches just add a bit of extra va-va-voom.
Plus it arrived from the US to the UK in two days.
PERFECTO CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE JACKET
I have wanted the classic Brando jacket ever since I can remember! There are many imitators but none compare to the original. Upon opening the box I could see that it was a real thing of beauty and when I put it on for the first time the feel of the leather the smell and most importantly the fit made me feel like a million dollars. I would not change a thing! I would highly recommend the Classic Perfecto motorcycle jacket!
First leather jacket I have had, and you certainly need to get used to the feel and weight of a heavy jacket. The craftmanship is superb and exchanges are very simple to do. Would reccommend.
My brother has wanted this jacket for a long time and I decided to purchase it for him . It is his Christmas and Birthday gift this year, he is thrilled.
It fits perfect, it is everything he hoped it would be.Thank you for a great product.
GREAT JACKET! BUT SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER IF BUYING.
The jacket is incredibly well made. As far as quality is concerned the jacket gets 10 stars. I only have 2 issues. #1 it says order your normal coat/chest size and you’ll have enough room to wear a sweater/sweatshirt underneath it. I did not find this to be the case, at least not comfortably. Ordering in my regular chest size gave me “just enough room” to zip it up. #2 the sleeve lengths are WAY too long. At rest, the sleeves fully cover my hands all the way down to the ends of the tips of my fingers. Granted, Schott will shorten the sleeves for you for an additional cost (4 inches max: which may not be enough for some) but you have to buy the coat, ensure it fits, and then send it back to have the alterations completed. While a hassle, it makes sense how it must be done this way.
ORDER NUMBER 602149
It is difficult to get just the right fit when ordering leather online. Exchanged jacket is snug and I don't know if it will loosen up or become tighter with wear..
PERFECT 118 JACKET MELTS MY ANXIETY AWAY
I received my Perfecto 118 last week, and I have been wearing it. It’s a perfect fit and the leather looks awesome. Wearing this jacket is like my stress and anxiety melts away. I know it’s a material item, but it makes me happy and makes me feel cool. The price is well worth it for my happiness. Schott Rocks!
FORM AND FUNCTION. STUNNING JACKET.
First, order your true size. I initially tried sizing down, and it was too tight all over. Thankfully Schott makes exchanges painless. Now that I have my 42, it is an amazing jacket. The leather is stunning and, equally so, is the hardware. It looks and feels every bit of its heritage and reputation.
Now, some buy this purely as a fashion jacket, but I ride and I did buy this to be my cold/cool weather jacket. As a riding jacket it is incredibly comfortable. I was tempted to get a tall (I’m 6’2”, but I have longer legs than torso, and the standard length is exactly where I want it on a cruiser-type motorcycle. It doesn’t bunch up when I sit on the saddle. Also, I love the ability to zip up all the way. It kept the wind away from my neck, and with a full face helmet, I do not need a gator or neck warmer. Sleeves are plenty long, and mobility is excellent. Some riders criticize not having armor, and while that is ideal, this is probably some of the highest quality protective leather you’ll find on any jacket. Also, I have broad shoulders and I’ve had issues with armor hurting my shoulders during long periods, so for me it’s a wash.
Wonderful heirloom quality piece.
Growing up in Brooklyn NY. I remember putting a 118 on layaway at a Harley dealer. I always missed it. I finally bought a new one. I love putting it on. It’s such a great feeling. The quality and the smell of it. I couldn’t ask for anything better. Thanks for still being around, and making great jackets. I also just received my 141.. I just want to wear them all the time.
This jacket is absolutely perfect, the fit and quality is impeccable, I know this jacket is timeless and will last a lifetime.
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/