Hand Oiled Lightweight Naked Brown Perfecto Motorcycle Jacket with Plaid Cotton LiningSTYLE: 619
LEATHER TYPE, FIT AND CONSTRUCTION:
We modeled this design after our classic 618 leather motorcycle jacket with a few key differences including slimmer arms and a longer torso. Perfecto Model 619 leather jackets for men are made with chrome-tanned, drum dyed, lightweight naked cowhide leather. You will find this jacket to be very comfortable to wear the moment you first try it on! Our “pull up” naked cowhide leather has a soft “hand” and a buttery feel. The tannery put this hide through a process very similar to “glazing”. The end result is an incredible type of shading or mottling that occurs with normal use. This skin will develop unique and subtle creasing that constantly changes as you move and bend in the jacket and very quickly develops into a rich patina. The beauty of this finish is that a quick application of leather oil can restore the jacket to its original form. One note of caution before applying oils or conditioners to this leather: applying leather oils to this motorcycle jacket will darken the appearance of the leather and you will lose much of the pull up effect.
Incorporating more of a fashion fit, the 619 is cut tighter in the arms. We also removed the underarm footballs for a more streamlined fit. Another change that was made from our original 618 design is the added snap near the belt buckle. This was done to keep the heavy buckle in place even when the belt is open. Also this jacket is longer than the classic 618 and fits very much like model 626. This Perfecto model 619 moto jacket was designed and built for the long haul, the short ride, and everything in between!
For wind protection and added warmth the 619 features an attached belt, traditional zippered sleeve cuffs and a durable cotton flannel lining sewn into the body. Our bi-swing back panels along with the lighter weight cowhide ensure that this tight fitting jacket moves with you eliminating that restrictive feel often found with other leather motorcycle jackets. Old school brass hardware completes this timeless American made classic that is built to last a lifetime.
As with all Perfecto leather jackets, we only use the best, highest quality leather available. In the same tradition used in the 50's, highly skilled workers hand-cut each panel for the 619. In keeping with their original custom style, Schott designed this jacket to fit tighter than most for that classic bold and streamlined look. We suggest you carefully check our sizing diagrams and measurements to determine best fit. Please note this model is a slim fitting style.
The Schott Perfecto Model #619 is 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 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 factory. By the mid 1960’s the Perfecto mens jackets had also caught on with the emerging rock n roll movement. Once again, due to increasing sales, we had grown out of our current factory on King Street in Perth Amboy, NJ. A few new factories later but still in NJ and under the leadership of Roz and Jason Schott our family proudly continues to produce this iconic American classic motorcycle jacket for the wild side in all of us.
Material: Vintaged Cowhide
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I went back and forth between a 626 and this 619 for a long while before I ordered it from a local Schott dealer. Even though I was not looking at either for personal protection - I'm pretty safe fron road rash unless I fall out of my truck - I didn't want a taxi jacket and "lightweight" leather sounds too much like lambskin to me. No thanks. And then there was the expense part. It was more expensive than the 626. On a soon to retire elementary school teacher's salary, it was a lot more expensive. Back and forth - a lot - till I finally worked out the cost to use ratio and decided that it would likely outlive me and that I was probably worth it anyway and the jacket was too. Got it last Saturday and it is. First off, its built and its beautiful. The construction is top-notch, the materials first-rate and the fit is right-on; like a glove. But it's not glove leather; its plenty thick enough and it has real heft. Its going to break in beautifully - its already started - and its going to really be that second skin that I've always looked for in a jacket. But nothing's perfect and if the powers that be are listening, hear me; the buckle doesn't do the jacket justice. Sometime back I read that the iconic wire grill on the 2014 Bentley (dream on, teacher!) isn't steel any longer, its coated plastic. For me, the buckle on this jacket is like that; it isn't solid. But thats my only gripe. Otherwise this is a beautiful bit of American workmanship and on that I am glad I bought and proud to wear. Good job, folks. And thank you.