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First I bought a 626 in medium and it fit OK. couldn't move my arms much and my shirt sleeves constantly rolled up due to tiny arm hole openings. Then I got a vintage 613 and it fit better but it was super high waisted. Then I got the 519. Absolutely perfect. Fits slim but not too slim. Can move my arms comfortably. Super soft cowhide. Tight when zippered up. Its a little bigger than my 626 in the chest but it looks wayyy better so whatever. Great Jacket!
Though I own a 118L, there were some things I preferred about the older Perfectos. I liked the narrower miter belt buckle, the squarer shape provided from the lack of the underarm footballs, and the snapless top collar. I had always hoped to figure out a way to obtain one of these old jackets. I had debated getting a PERF2, but the introduction of the 519 made up my mind.
Upon trying this jacket on I found it to be much softer than the steerhide label (which it isn’t) suggests. The diamond lining quilt lining and the really soft cowhide made the jacket much more comforatable than expected. I thought the lining in the sleeves was particularly softer than on the 118. The only caveat with the lining is that there is one less inside pocket – though with 6 other pockets it is hardly missed. I agree that pictures really don’t give this jacket justice. Though the description states this jacket is a 25”, it seems a little longer than my 27” 118L. Sadly no miter belt, and though I understand the need for a belt that snaps to the body , the first thing I did when I tried on the jacket was unsnap it and let it hang freely. Though I have heard complaints on the leather flaps on the wrists, I preferred them to no cover at all. I think it would be better if the cuff flap was sewn on both sides. I am not sure if it is a deletion, but my jacket (which seemed like it was just off the line) didn’t seem to come with the leather tab on the main body zipper.
I would recommend making a special trip to try on this jacket, or getting very comprehensive advice on fitting. Though I should expect a challenge being 6’4 – I am a large guy, I found the fit to be very unique. I tend to wear an XL in generic outerwear fitting (tight 46L on a 118 – I probably should be a 48L). The 519 XL was painfully tight, and I had to upsize to an almost unheard of 2XL. The 2XL fit perfectly, with a very generous length on the cuffs. I can’t wait for the winter chill so I can start wearing this jacket every day. It's that comfortable.
Fantastic Item! this is my second Schott leather jacket! i’m 5’10”, 150 pounds, & a medium fits me! i have a leather jacket from Harley Davidson, & it’s a small, but i had to exchange the small in this jacket for a medium; don’t order a size smaller as some reviews suggest because this is a trim cut item
The fit and quality is fantastic. The look with this type of Leather is extreamely sexy. It is a sung fit cut. This Leather feels great on. I’m a true 42 and the Large fit perfect. I’m sure you love it for your collection .
This is a beautiful jacket! Unfortunately I didn't take the advice to size down. I'm usually a medium but like a fitted, tailored look. I'm 5'10 190lbs with a 42 inch chest and the medium was just a little too baggy in the mid section. I could easily fit a hoodie underneath but I was just planning on wearing it open with a T-shirt. The leather and construction on this thing is top notch! But for the price I wanted the fit to be perfect.
I found this jacket at one of my local men's boutique stores in Oakland that was carrying a couple of Schott jackets. I had for years been trying to find a Schott perfecto that worked for me, but no dice. The one's I had tried in the past never seemed to fit me well (not easy at a tall 6' 1' and slim 160lbs and 38 inch chest) and I had pretty much given up. Enter the 519. I knew when I picked it up that this jacket might be - finally - the one for me. The leather was super buttery and I liked how it wasn't too shiny nor was there too much bling-y hardwear. I wanted something that looked a bit understated (if a perfecto could look understated) and wasn't to shiny (both leather finish and hardwear). The only issue was the size. I anguished over this for days, going back to the store and probably driving everyone crazy. I originally bought a small, which looked perfect - as long as I didn't move much and kept it unzipped - and it would probably be the choice for most fashionistas of my size, but zipped up I really couldn't move well with it and it rode up my shoulders when moving my arms in an annoying way. Yes, it hung better un-zipped and was super slim and hugged by body nice, but ultimately I wanted something I could put on and not want to take off. I wanted something comfortable. Also, I could layer it a bit, which is something I could not do with a small. I read another reviewer with a 38 inch chest who got a XS, but believe me - I am not sure how that is possible. If you're my size or so and want to be a skinny-tight fashionista and rock super skinny jeans with it and wear it mostly unzipped go with a small. If you want a slightly more relaxed look with the potential to layer, go with a medium. People say these jackets stretch, but you don't stretch from the wrong size into the right size. And people tend to wear all kinds of things too tight and too small these days and often look ridiculous. Again, consider your build honestly and what you are really looking for. Ultimately, I think this is one of Schott's best jackets.
I love this jacket. It is soft & tough at the same time. The fit is perfect. I debated between getting a small or medium & am very glad I went with a medium. It's fitted but not skin tight. I am 5'10 with 40" chest & 32" waist. The leather has a soft sheen and it looks more black & prettier than the photos on the website. The craftsmanship is top notch. I am very glad I purchased this jacket.
I love this jacket. At first I was hesitant about purchasing it due to the hefty price tag. However, as soon as it came I knew I had made a smart purchase. This jacket is beautiful. This is my first Schott jacket, so I can't comment on the fit compared to other styles and whatnot. The description says it is slim fitting. I suppose this is somewhat irrelevant to me as I am rather slim. I'm 6'3 and a small fit my long torso/long arms perfectly. I would highly recommend
I had been looking for a slim motorcycle jacket, but the ones I liked cost $5k+ so when I stumbled across the Schott store in Nolita, i was really excited. I had read up a bit on the jacket and was concerned it wouldn't be as fitted as some of the more luxe brands, but all I had to do was size down. I have a 38" chest and I went for the xs. It's definitely tight, but it stretching a bit and it just looks and feels amazing. It's a bit heavy, but the quality is stellar and the leather feels buttery and supple. Best impulse purchase ever and I'm sure I'm gonna wear this for at least the next decade if not longer. Overall great value.
I'm the type of person that will bounce back and forth between a handful of choices for weeks before I actually pull the trigger on one. In the back of my mind I kept going back to the 519 and I'm so glad I did; this thing is gorgeous! I couldn't have imagined a better fit if I tried. The body is perfect length and looks very slimming, the sleeves are cut perfectly, and despite fitting like a glove, its incredibly easy to move in this jacket. Just the right weight for any season. Really no detail spared, every inch of this jacket is beautiful!! If you're on the fence about the 519 then take my word for it, THIS is the jacket you want. I promise.
As for sizing advice, go one size under your t shirt size. Like I wear a size medium in almost everything and got a small in this jacket, and its perfectly fitted. Very flattering. I am 5'10", 165 lbs, with a 39" chest and 32" waist.
THANK YOU SCHOTT for the jacket that I will be wearing for many many years to come. I am one highly satisfied customer. Schott truly is the best of the best
I just got one of these yesterday and I instantly fell in love.
First off I want to say thank you to Jerri, Gail and Nate for giving me stand up service, especially Nate at the Flagship store in manhattan. I must have called the guy 6 times, going back and fourth between size small and medium and he was always willing to hash it out.
I went for a Medium because my shoulders are 18 inches, the same as what the sizing chart says. Nate recommended a small (17 inches) to get that real tight look. I'm really glad I got the medium. The shoulders would have been way too tight and being in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the probability of wearing a light sweater under one of these is pretty likely.
The chest is a bit loose, but I do have a smaller chest (38 inches and a bit), however I'm hoping it'll give me an incentive to get back to the gym and maybe fill out those few inches. It's nothing crazy, hardly even noticeable.
The leather is f***ing beautiful. Everyone should note that it is true black, not the grey that it looks like in the photo.
One thing that would have made it easier to make this purchase would be to have more photos available of it. Especially how it looks on someone.
It is indeed expensive but I can tell I'll have it for a long time.
I'm proud to say I have a Schott perfecto. They're cool as sh*t.
Beautiful fit and quality! Very rock and roll. Very sexy!
Compliments galore with this jacket … on and off my Harley.
I'm 5' 8", 140 lbs, 39" chest and a size medium fits me nicely.
I did a lot of research and exploration to try to find my perfect leather jacket, and finally landed on the 519 Waxy Cowhide Perfecto. I'm so glad I did. I had to send back the first order (XS) because of a minor defect, and also to size up to a Small. The customer service team was great, and the exchange was very easy, even in the midst of the holiday rush. For me this was a pretty big investment, but this jacket is absolutely top quality; the leather is smooth and buttery, among the highest quality I've seen in a jacket, and will clearly just get better with age. This is really a lifetime garment: the kind you could easily pass on to your children, and is certainly worth the investment. As a reference to perhaps help others with sizing: I'm 6'2", 160 lbs,, slim with broad shoulders, and like a very fitted look. The XS was a 'glove' fit, and would have worked with just a t-shirt underneath, but even then was a bit tight around the waistband (especially if wearing a belt underneath). It looked great, but I realized that ultimately I wanted to be able to layer with this jacket, e.g. wearing a sweater underneath it, and that was simply not possible with the XS. The Small is perfect (or shall I say, 'Perfecto'?), and the best of both worlds: it's still very fitted, with the same tailored cut, but has just enough room to allow for some layering in the winter. If you're looking for that lifetime, 'ultimate fit' leather jacket that you'll never want to take off, this could well be the one, particularly if you appreciate the elegance of a very well tailored garment. I'll probably never need another leather jacket, but if I do I'll certainly be buying it from Schott.
I am 179cm and 74kg - the Perfecto 519 in SMALL fits perfect!
Purchased this jacket on a recent trip to NYC. I've worn it for about 2 weeks now and it is fitting me like a glove, very supple and soft. I chose the brown one and couldn't be happier. This is not my first Schott jacket and I look forward to a return visit to the store soon.
I was looking for a leather jacket due to the fact that I never owned one, along with the purpose of wearing as a fashion statement since I don't ride at all.
I had a budge of at least $500 in mind for a "decent" moderate quality, but never would have I imagined some brands sell up to $5,000!
Online researching lead to lots of reviewers stating Schott this, Schott that, and Schott, etc. You see the name everywhere so I found the site and started browsing using the filters: Leather, slim fit, etc. Found the 519. The silhouette of the 519 looked really clean with out too much bling, bells, and whistles.
I was hesitating to place the order because I can't physically try it on, there are no stores around me to browse. With my physique being 5'3, 160lbs, and 42' chest, I can't not wear a boxy looking jacket, there's no way that'll ever look good for short people.
I emailed Schott worried about the fit, and I got response from Denise who was very informative and just with her knowledge of measurements explained in detail gives you the confidence to trust their expertise. I ordered the brown for less edgy look as to black.
Once I received the order, I opened the box and grabbed the jacket literally feeling the weight, leather being super buttery soft, zippers are big/thick, and the lining is so classy. I had a smile on my face for a quick second then faded because it was time to try it on....praying that'll it'll fit...
Once I tried it on, I was blown away how accurately it fit my body. It wasn't too loose or too tight, just tight enough to mold to your body.
There were two factors that solved over time, the tightness in the underarms and sleeves being slightly long. The armpit areas stretched out within days of wearing and now it's comfortable with tons of flexibility. The sleeves were tad bit long but then eventually once the elbow areas creased the sleeve length shrunk contouring my arms so now it's the perfect length.
Do not get your jacket tailored until it contours to your body first! It's better to have long sleeves and get it tailored once the jacket settles than getting it tailored without the jacket contouring your body, you'll lose a lot of leather.
The price is very reasonable as well considering the fact that other unrealistic fashions brands go from $500-$5,000, $800 is not so bad after all. Also, if you think about it, when was the last time you had any clothing at high price made in U.S.A either? It's worth the money in my sense.
The brown is very flexible for work, night outs, and casual wear without being too intimidating. My friends and family told me it doesn't even look like a motorcycle jacket either due to being brown.
I've gotten looks from men and women, and conversations start with "wow, that's a really nice jacket". Compliments alone makes you feel like a different person. You can dress it up or dress it down being very flexible to adapt any clothing you wear with it.
I actually loved the jacket so much that I placed another order for the 626. I don't expect anything less or different from this purchase, I'm a huge fan of Schott and will be the only brand I trust in terms of leather jackets.
Unwrapping this jacket was Christmas in June.
The 519 is sleek at the waist, snug on the shoulders, and lets a fella show off all those years in the gym instead of at the bar.
(Or in addition to the bar :) ).
Soft and strong. Color is better than any of the internet pix.
This 519 has got me immediately looking at a next Schott.
I worked hard. And I can.
This Perfecto has Narrower arm holes but wider sleeve holes than the "riding" jackets. Which makes it more comfortable and casual. Leather looks and feels great, it's subdued but there is a sheen in the right light. The Large Size has a 27" Back Length which is ok for taller people. If you want a longer Back length who wants casual and easy to wear, then get this.
Another small detail is there are not leather pull tabs on the main Zipper like on the "riding" Jackets.
Jerri was amazing in helping me find the perfect jacket! Its very hard to find the right one with Online shopping and I had to go through several exchanges. Jerri was friendly and patient and so helpful the entire time. The crew at the LA store were awesome as well! Will be a Schott customer for life because of that! The 519 is awesome. Amazing quality and fit! Do size down! Thats just what you have to do with leather! It stretches to your body type over time giving you a unique custom fit.
I've been looking for a classic leather jacket for years but never got the right fit. Either they were too short for my 6'2" or the shoulders looked way too wide. The 519 fits like a dream - comfortable from the start, yet feeling substantial and very warm paired with a modern fit that looks great worn open and closed. Im super happy to finally own the perfect jacket, reminding me of springsteen and the ramones. The only jacket i would buy after this one was a horsehide 519.
Just going to start off and say how amazing this jacket is. I did my research before pulling the trigger on this baby, and Dandy at the LA store helped me immensely on figuring out what size to order. I am 6’1, 190 lbs and in the 613 I wear a 42 and only drawback is that it’s a little short on me. I always previously wore a newer 118 in 42 and it was too baggy for me. Naturally I was conflicted on what size to order, and I heard to size down from whatever t shirt size you normally would wear (for me that’s Large.) Dandy told me based on my measurements that a Medium would work for me and I’m glad I listened. I think a large would’ve put me into a similar situation that I was in with my 118 in size 42. Size down if you want that Ramones look. You’ll be happy you did. Only draw back to this jacket, and for me this is the ONLY drawback but the open gussets on the sleeves aren’t my favorite. I’m probably going to see if they can hook me up with fully closed gussets on my 519 when summer hits and jacket season is over. In this jacket, you will never want Leather Weather to end. Size Down!
I've wanted a Schott for years, but been concerned over the fit. I'm a little guy with above average measurements: 5 ft 8, 216 lbs with 46 chest and 32 waist. My short but bulky 18 inch arms get in the way of every off the rack purchase. So i waited ....after multiple emails with Jerri in customer service, I thought I had the right fit squeezing into a Large. I visited the fine folks at the only distributor in Houston, Reserve Supply Co and found the XL was perfect after 20 min of wear! The images here don't do the jacket justice: the leather is soft and pliable but heavy in the best way possible. Solid yet comfortable, tough yet soft. The weight is perfect, the fill is just right for fall nights and winter days. I simply don't want to take the Perfecto off! The buckle is solid and strong, the shine is like a piece of armor. This is a true man's jacket and is rocking as hell! I wish I bought it sooner! Take my advice, treat yourself to this bad boy!
This is my third Perfecto purchase, and once again I'm blown away by the master-craftsmanship put into this piece! With Jerri's advice, I bought a size large for my 44" chest and 19" shoulder frame, and it's the slickest fit I've ever had with any garment in my life.
The range of mobility I have is so outstanding that while it's a hefty leather jacket, it feels like I'm not even wearing it!
I recently wore this jacket out to a work party, and the number of compliments I got from those in their knock-offs was impressive!!
They, and I, could clearly see the difference and they all wanted to know where mine was from, so I took it upon myself to give a them a history lesson!
It goes without saying that there is no comparison between an original Schott Perfecto and a copy of one. Just buy the real thing I say, and give a history lesson of your own!
As a Union laborer myself, I have to salute the hard-working hands that put all these works of art together. You all have my respect and appreciation for all that you do.
Thanks again Schott family. Until next time!
I picked one of these up through Snake Oil Provisions! They helped advise on fit and sizing. Ben and Miranda are the greatest! I now own a 525 and a 519 from Schott. The cut on the 519 is a longer cut than the 525 and the leather on the 519 is much softer and is naked cowhide. Meaning, if you spill something on this jacket, it's off to the specialty cleaners. I keep a bottle of acetone nail polish remover and Q-tips handy as so far - delicate application (do not rub hard dye will come off) has removed - pen ink, denim indigo, make-up and more. I wear it hard tho? :D It is a gorgeous jacket and it breaks necks when people gape at the brown leather that is more butterscotch in color. Level up your game with one of these spectacular jackets. I got stars in my eyes and the stars on my epaulets.
Great perfecto and Nice fit. It is my second leather coat from Schott and, always a greath quality. Thank's erevybody from à Guy i n Québec Canada. Bernard
This style of jacket has been a difficult fit for me. I'm 5' 8" with a 44" chest and a 36" waist when measured over jeans with a belt in place. Usually I find that jackets that fit my chest are too big in the waist. I ordered a size large and it is a perfect fit that looks as if it was custom tailored. The leather is exceptionally supple and the jacket has very high quality construction throughout. American made and worth every penny.
I love leather jackets and i own a few but never tried Schott leather jacket and its too expensive for me to get one. Last Christmas I treat myself and took a risk of getting a black 519 for myself and bloody hell, it was worth the risk. This jacket is really amazing. High quality leather, top notch stitching and the fit is just how i wanted, a snug fit. Im usually size medium for my tops but this one, you need to size down. I took the small size and it just fits me right. A snug fit. Thanks to Denise and Jerri from Schott for sorting out my order.
I've had a 613 for about 5 years. I've worn it a ton and also ridden in it for a while. I love everything about it! EXCEPT for the sleeves. I always have johnny Ramone in mind when I think of how I want my jacket to fit and the 613 sleeves were too baggy for me. The 519 is where it's at. The profile is exactly how I want it. The cow hide feels like my 613 steerhide after 5+years of break in. The satin lined sleeves are also a nice touch. Like others have said, the photos don't do it justice.
Many said to size down. In my case that was a bad idea. I'm 5'7" 175 and have more of a muscular build in the shoulders and arms and I sent the S back immediately in favor of a M. The M fits just as perfectly as my size 40 613 but the sleeves are so well done. Slim but not restricting movement. There is just enough room for a flannel or hoodie underneath. The 519 is the perfect balance of form and function. This jacket is the best!
I just recieved my 519 Waxy 50's Perfecto. What does one say when you put on that perfect fitting like butter leather jacket. As we all know from Marlon Brando and James Dean to THE RAMONES and more recent Stars such as Rhianna and Adam Levine I feel like one of the EXCLUSIVE BAD ASS ROCK N ROLLER'S. Thank you to the Schott American and Union made Iconic 519 Jacket. Jerry Boston,MA.
This is by far my favorite schott jacket.
The fit is slim/tailored if you size down one full size.
I'm usually a size medium in evrything else, but i chose a size small for this jacket.
The fit is nice and snug with enough room for a hoodie underneath.
For ref i'm 180 cm tall ,weight 78kg, my chest size is 98 cm.
This is the one to buy. I wasted a lot of money shipping 626 and 626 VNs back and forth to New Jersey. Somehow I overlooked this one. I put it on and goddamn! Amazing.
I bought the 626 in size large and I love the shiny leather and the fact that it's braking in really nicely. The fit is ok. I have brought shoulders and small waist. I loved the jacket so much that I went back to try on the vintage 626. The 626 vintage was a lot tighter and the regular and the same sales guy (unfortunately I did not ask for the name of the sales guy, he was great the first time I went and great the second time) and he suggested I try on the 519. I loved it just by looking at it and the leather is amazing. I tried looking for a large and they had been sold out in the store that day. He suggested I try on the Medium. It was a tight fit but I loved the fit around my abdomen an waist. It was nice and fitted and my chest was fitted as well and I could move my arms without any problems. I bought it and I am very pleased. It was very fast to break in and it loosened up a bit to fit just perfect. I am pleased to have the 519 and the 626.
i've been eyeing schott jackets for the past several years, and i'm pissed i didn't buy one sooner. don't even look at those horrible model pictures--the jacket looks ten times better in person (the color is a definite black, the cowhide is thick and heavy and the hardware is solid). the cost may be somewhat daunting, but think of all the money you'll save not having to buy another crappy jacket again. bottom line: the only thing you'll have to worry about is pulling off the look.
This thing is unbelievable. Looks and fits amazing both zipped up and undone. It's comfortable as hell, too. I never want to take it off.