Schott N.Y.C.
Classic Perfecto® Steerhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket

STYLE: 618


Classic Perfecto® Steerhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket

STYLE: 618

The classic Schott 618 Perfecto® Steerhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket is the original that defined the standard. Each individual rider-inspired jacket starts with US-sourced, drum dyed, hand cut, heavyweight 3 to 3.5-oz steerhide leather for long-lasting durability. The asymmetrical front zipper, belt, snap-down lapels, and traditional zippered sleeve cuffs help resist the elements. An insulated nylon quilted lining provides comfort and softness against the skin, and you'll find the three outside zippered pockets and lower inside map pocket handy and useful. Signature elements like grommet vented underarm footballs, bi-swing back panels, and large back panel design allow a freedom of movement unusual in leather jackets, illustrating Schott’s uncompromising dedication to quality. Once a symbol of anti-establishment, now a classic icon of craftsmanship, the Perfecto® 618 radiates attitude and undeniable cool.

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  • Rider inspired 25" length moto jacket
  • U. S. sourced, drum dyed, hand cut, heavyweight 3 - 3.5 oz. steerhide leather
  • Large back panel design, a signature of Schott's uncompromising Perfecto® quality
  • Asymmetrical main zipper pattern for added warmth and protection
  • Snap down lapels, collar and shoulder epaulets
  • Custom embossed “SCHOTT” snap faces
  • Bi-swing back panels with grommet vented underarm footballs
  • Traditional zippered sleeve cuffs
  • Attached belt with durable nickel plated square buckle
  • Three outside zippered pockets plus small coin flap pocket
  • Lower inside map pocket
  • Sewn in fixed 5.5 ounce nylon poly quilt insulated lining
  • Water resistant leather finish
  • U.S.A.

    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 618 as a close cousin to our popular Model 613 with just a few subtle differences, namely the 618 has Schott logo snaps and no stars on the epaulets. Perfecto® Model 618 leather jackets for men are made with U. S. sourced, chrome-tanned, drum dyed, heavyweight steerhide leather. This hide has a medium to firm “hand” 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 have a stiffer feel and fit. We always tell our customers that to make this leather jacket their own requires a profound commitment. Wear it often, explore the open road and watch how it conforms to your body over time. This Perfecto® model 618 leather motorcycle jacket was designed and built for the long haul, the short ride, whatever you decide to throw at it!
    Schott NYC uses steerhide to help your leather jacket or “second skin” resist the elements. Motorcycle jackets need to be as tough as the people wearing them. You will enjoy the benefits of stain resistance, sturdy protection and water resistant leather whether you are riding on your classic motorbike or venturing out in the chill of a winter storm. For wind protection and added warmth the 618 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 tight fitting 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 used in the 50's, highly skilled workers hand-cut each panel for the 618 from patterns that date back to the early Perfecto® leather jackets. In keeping with their original custom style, Schott designed this jacket to fit tighter than most for that classic bold and streamlined look. Offered in sizes 32 to 54, we suggest you carefully check our sizing diagrams and measurements to determine best fit. Many of our customers prefer to “size up” in this style due to its classic, close-fitting cut. Ordering based on your chest size will give you that snug, t-shirt only, bad boy look pioneered in the 1950’s.
    The Schott Perfecto® Model #618 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 nylon 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® One Star 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® mens 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 as the Model 618 for the wild side in all of us.

    Interested in more? Learn about the history of the Perfecto® by clicking here.
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    Published: Thu, 2/4/2021 by Bruce Reynolds

    Wow! What an amazing garment, I could not be happier. This jacket is a work of art. After wearing black leather for many years, I decided to go with the brown leather. I absolutely love it. The brass hardware and the brown leather together make a perfect look. The leather is heavy but soft and has an amazing feel to it. Lots of pockets.

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    Published: Tue, 1/12/2021 by Olly Bogdan

    Amazing jacket , superb quality.

    I'm from the UK, and I always dreamed of a Schott leather jacket, which is known as the forever jacket, as you're likely to have it till the end of your life and it definitely feels really good to have that dream come true.

    There was no issues with shipping , the jacket arrived 2-3 days after ordering even though it's from America, and yes I had to pay import and duty tax to get the jacket to me but I tried not to think too much off it as I just wanted the jacket.

    Finally, the jacket itself is very good. At first I thought that it was too small, however I quickly realised that the jacket was just really hard and stiff and that's because the leather quality is brilliant. I definitely recommend getting a size or 2 up as this jacket definitely needs time to break in to.

    Apart from that , no issues at all and I hope to have this jacket for the rest of my life !

    Greetings from England, UK

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    Published: Sun, 12/6/2020 by Philip Seward

    I am 5’ 9”, 185 pounds with a 41” chest. Athletic build. Originally I ordered the 42 but found it to be too tight all over. I ordered the 42 because I already own a 641 in 42 and it fits great. Thanks to Schott’s excellent exchange program I returned the 42 and got a 44. The fit is great. These jackets seem to run a little small so you may want to take their advice and size up. These jackets will last forever if taken care of. I have a one star made in the late 60’s to early 70’s and is still in wearable condition.

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    Published: Wed, 10/14/2020 by mark

    Quality of the jacket is outstanding. Had good experience with the salespeople who helped with sizing. Since I was a bit unsure, I ordered 2, kept the one that fit the best and returned the other. The refund process was easy and completed quickly. Only issue is that the straps on the should were uneven on both of the jackets -ie you could see the silver snap on one side, but on the other it was buried under the collar. Overall a really good experience and I've since made other purchases.

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    Published: Tue, 10/6/2020 by Alan Bell

    The fit is perfect, the leather is beautiful I couldn’t be happier with the product and the delivery time was far better than expected in these worrying times.
    Thank you for a great experience in product and service.

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    Published: Fri, 9/4/2020 by Kevin Brennan

    Beautiful jacket.I knew it was cut a little tighter than my 118 so I ordered it one size up.Perfect fit. ordered it at lunch on Monday was delivered on Tuesday.Can't beat that.

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    Published: Fri, 9/4/2020 by Bryan R
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    So I was really excited about this jacket. I have owned other biker jackets in the past and Citroen from another company that fits perfectly but I’ve always wanted the real thing, the original. I finally decided to make the purchase. I am a short guy about 5’6” 130lb with a 36.5” chest. The fit guide initially told me to order a 38 which I knew was not right. The jacket I currently have is a 34. I like slim fit clothing as I’m pretty skinny and when you are shorter boxy looking shirts/jackets make you look pretty bad. Anyway, I decided to order the 36. I got my jacket and tried it on and the sleeves all the way down were HUGE! I mean comically large and super puffy in the biceps. It seemed a little large in the chest as well so I figured the 34 had to be a better fit all around. I got my 34 in today and it is exactly the same in the arms as the 36. I'm really disappointed as I assumed when paying over $800 for a jacket the fit would be on point. I’ve had substantially cheaper jackets fit so much better than this. So unfortunately this was definitely not a match for me. I wish this jacket would have worked out because the quality is amazing but the fit is just so bad. This is not a jacket for shorter skinny people. I will be returning this tomorrow. Also pretty bummed that I have to pay $9.95 to send it back.

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    Published: Mon, 8/24/2020 by Gabino Ortega

    This original looks STUNNING, for every Day, dressed up on a Date or twisting the throttle on the hi ways & back roads of Southern California, I like it so much I bought the black & the brown one, there thick & braking in very nicely, to me there well worth it, the quality is second to none.
    I’m 5.11” 169lb chest 40” slim & tone,
    jacket size 38 they fit me perfectly.

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    Published: Tue, 5/26/2020 by Charles-Léonard Béland

    J'ai hésité un certain moment avant cette acquisition. C'est tout de même un certain montant! Par contre, dès la réception, j'ai compris pourquoi. La qualité du cuir est magnifique. Les coutures sont très solides, même chose pour les fermetures éclairs. Pour la grandeur, je mesure 5'7' et pèse 135 lbs, la grandeur 36 est parfaite pour une personne qui veut un look "skinny". Si vous voulez mettre un Hoodies en dessous, prenez plus grand.

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    Published: Fri, 5/8/2020 by Steven Querry

    It has been my goal to save and be able to purchase this classic American Bad Assery of a jacket! First off, thank you to Jerri, who took her time to help me choose the perfect size for me. I’m 5’9” 180lbs with a 42” chest. I told her I wanted it to be form fitting but still have full range of motion for riding. Since I live in Hawaii I won’t be layering with anything but a t shirt. I ordered wed and it shipped Thur and arrived here Friday. I opened a nicely packaged box and instantly was surrounded by the tantalizing scent of leather. The quality is out of this world with perfect attention to detail down to the last stitching. My wife caught me modeling it in the mirror and rolled her eyes but I’m sure she liked what she saw. Mahalo again for keeping American ingenuity alive and supporting riders across the country and world.

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