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TLDR: Quality of construction is excellent; quality of materials is very good; order 2 sizes and return 1; no longer has an American flag tag inside.
I've had this jacket for close to 2 months and am quite happy with it. I was looking for a spread collar jacket that was not a double breasted style but still somewhat fitted. I landed on the 689 and was delighted to find I preferred the smooth look of horsehide to the naturally textured look of cowhide.
If I lived anywhere close I would have visited the NYC flagship store or even LA (Chicago now closed) but up here in the upper Midwest dealers are few and far between. I relied on the Fit Guide, ordered 1 size up (Standard Fit) and it arrived in days. (Never underestimate the power of a well stocked warehouse.) And it came with a hanger! That may be minor but a nice touch as I was wondering how I was going to care for it.
The fit out of the box was very good for an off-the-shelf product. The arm pits are well positioned, the arms slim, and it falls naturally just below my belt. There is no bunching of material under the arms so it feels comfortable while wearing and driving. Somewhere I read that new jackets will 'relax' about half a size and I would agree. The chest now seems a bit looser than the initial fit If I could go back in time I would order both the Slim Fit and the Standard Fit and return one of them. In my case I would not want the shoulders any narrower - so my Standard Fit may be the best fit off the rack.
Materials? Top notch. Craftsmanship? Top notch. It is not stiff enough to stand up by itself but it is definitely robust and warm. I have been using it daily on brisk walks where it definitely blocks wind and I have been comfortable down to 20F.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? One of the panels on the underside of the arm (zipper panel) doesn't match the smoothness of the rest of the jacket. My intention is to use the jacket not have closet queen so I kept it. If it had been any other panel I would have returned it. The second reason is that I really wanted the American flag tag that stated "Made in USA" with the size indicated. Instead I have a tag in gold lettering on black that says "Made in USA of Imported Materials".
My 689 Horsehide jacket is over 18 months old now. To summarise. It’s better than I could have wished in so many ways, and continues to please every time I wear it. Firstly, I must say the service at the NYC store was amazing. I tried on multiple jackets before deciding on my 689H.
It’s a fairly heavy jacket, but perfect for riding or going out on a cool day or night.
The shine of the horsehide and the way it softens the more you wear it defines unique qualities of the horsehide, and makes this my favourite jacket by far.
One breaking in tip I can offer. I was caught in a light shower, and the jacket felt quite wet, but not soaked. I laid it out to air dry overnight and it softened the leather and felt more fitted. It is continuing to improve every time I wear it. The best way to speed up the patina process is to simply wear it more often. I have had many, many comments on my 689H. From the heavy brass zipper, to the shine and fit. I’m about to put it on again now and ride down to the bakery with a smile. Thanks Schott.
Frank Melbourne Australia
Love the jacket. Does a masterfull job of keeping the chilly wind out. I have 2 minor issues. First, the outside chest pocket is somewhat hard to access if you have put something in there that is somewhat small and it goes all the way to the bottom. Second, jacket is a little long for a person my size [ 5'8"] average build. A 24" length would be better or a 2 way zipper, so it could be opened slightly at the bottom. Has a tendency to ride up when sitting on motorcycle. Otherwise a nice fitting jacket.
...it might feel something like this. Wants another chest pocket IMO but that's about the only knock I can deliver against the style. Workmanship is superb, and the leather is surprisingly supple for the weight.
As to fit: I am maaybe 5'5" if I stand ramrod straight, 160lbs, 32in waist, 42in chest (former gymnast.) With a t-shirt or thin sport shirt the size 38 fits comfortably in the torso and snugly across the shoulders; holding a cellphone to my ear I'm fighting the leather across my lats and cutting off a little circulation below my bicep. Cuffs hang past my knuckles unzipped but are tight on my forearms when zipped.
I would go up a size but it's already too long for me; comes down past my belt line by about 2.5in and, zipped, rides up past the bottom of my jaw when sitting. It's a fabulous jacket and it looks good on me standing, in a bulge-out-the-sides-of-the-armholes way, but I'm bummed the Schott custom ability is offline because I was hoping to order something like a foreshortened size 40; I'm definitely making the "bi-swing shoulder" earn its keep. Schott, I'll work on breaking this one in, but when you're able to do custom work again please let me know because I'd love to have (and am willing to pay extra for) one of these beauties that actually moved with me instead of bouncing on top of me.
#689 HH horsehide leather jacket,Worth every $ ,Quality made like the bomber jacket they sell in the 80’s
My first Leather Jacket was a brown bomber followed the next year by a Perfecto they were literally the only brand we knew. That was in 1977 at Bills Army Navy in Irvington NJ. I still have the perfecto, and with the exception of some torn vent stitching, it survived every NYC Club from the Mudd to TR3 and The Ritz and I still wear it. It was time for a new jacket. This is the last leather jacket I will ever need, but probably not the last Schott Bros. leather jacket I will ever get . Bonne merde cest bonnne. Thank you for getting better with age. JP
I love Schott NYC. I’m happy with my recent purchase as well as my last 3 coat/jacket purchases. My only wish is that I could have gotten my recent jacket 2-3” longer as I wear my pants on my hips. Old hippie here, lol.. customer service was awesome. I purchased one jacket a size to large and then bought one a size smaller. I returned the first jacket and promptly had a refund on my credit card. Awesome company. Thank you for everything!
Great quality jacket. Felt awesome from the moment I put it on. Since I wear my pants low ( on my hips) an option for a longer jacket would be appreciated. Other than that, it’s as good a jacket as my Scott Bomber jacket, and my pea coat. I am a HUGE FAN of Schott USA. In addition, they are made in the USA!!!!
Fits like a glove. The leather is soft and supple. Can't wait to wear it in cold weather.
I’d been considering this jacket for some time, and I’m very happy with this purchase. The jacket is beautiful, and it’s hardcore heavy duty horsehide leather, beefy Schott zippers. The styling and function are great. My only concern before ordering was properly sizing the jacket. Information regarding this was conflicting, but I just triple-checked my chest size and ended up ordering my suit jacket size, a 42”. My jacket fits nearly perfect, but It’s important to keep in mind two things when it comes to sizing. First, these are not custom tailored jackets, most clothes aren’t, so it they’ll be trade-offs. Second, if you don’t have an athletic build, don’t be surprised with the fit - that’s probably why Schott seems to recommend a size up. I highly recommend this jacket.
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