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.



  • 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.

    Steerhide -
    About this leather: Steerhide is a robust finished top grain cowhide leather that is as luxurious as it looks. It is plump, full bodied and rich to the touch, with a similar weight and warmth of naked cowhide. Its sealed finish offers an extra layer of protection against water, making it a practical choice for everyday wear (it’s best to keep any leather away from wetness for a prolonged period). It is then vacuum dried (instead of toggle dried) that leads to a slightly stiffer result as the fibers are not stretched and softened. Initially the leather may feel a bit stiff but given some time it will break in beautifully,m becoming butter-soft and conforming perfectly to your unique shape.

    Stiffness: Very Stiff
    Weight: 3-3.5oz
    Origin: US Domestic Raw Material, Tanned in Mexico
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    Published: Tue, 3/26/2024 by marco bonaiuto

    I gotta a new Perfecto 618, size 40. I asked Schott about sizing and they were so polite and accurate. I'm 1.71 cm. and 69 kg. My chest is 100 cm. and I'm athletic, no belly. So I may suggest everyone to use their sizing chart, because it really works.

    I searched for a very-slim/slim fit and that's what I got. The jacket is great, amazing leather. Thank you Schott, you're a legend. Marco from Italy

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    Published: Sun, 3/17/2024 by ROBERT M SMITH

    I could not be happier with this jacket My granddaughter now wears my late wife's jacket
    Costumer service was outstanding in helping with this sale.....Schott is the best

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    Published: Fri, 2/9/2024 by Andrew Rigopoulos

    I got a brown 618 size 42 just to have something different, and I really love it. I’m 5’’8” 155lbs athletic w 41-42” chest, 19.5” shoulders, 33” waist, 25.5” sleeve, and this is my best fitting 618/613; - my shoulders make the fit hard as a size 44 618 is too big in the body/belly….anyway the build quality is outstanding, and this jacket is lighter than my size 42 618h and 613. For comparison, a 141 size 40 fits me perfectly. A 118 size 40 fits excellent a little snug in the shoulders but still really love it, a 118 size 42 fits great for layering a thick flannel

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    Published: Thu, 1/11/2024 by Rolidnot

    I've had my 618 for about 20 years and it still works almost as flawlessly today as when I bought it all those years ago.

    I say "almost' because In 2006, I low-sided myself on my cycle on a sharp turn on fine aggregate that I did not see. I slid on my back about 10 feet.

    That slide burned an apple sized hole in the upper left side of the back of the jacket and damaged the left side shoulder epaulet and left scrape marks all over the back. But I was fine, other than being irritated with the accident.

    A little Doc Blacks leather coloring and the jacket was functional. Buddies told me to get the 618 fixed. Why? It tells a great story now and every time I don the 618, I remember that day and have not had an accident since.

    The 618 is not only a classic, but it works to protect the rider due to superior materials and construction. Thanks Schott!

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    Published: Tue, 10/3/2023 by sean dowling

    This jacket is simply incredible! High quality and a great sharp look! I highly recommend it!!!

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    Published: Fri, 6/16/2023 by Tony Vo

    It can be a bit bulky and heavy, but it's the real deal. Quality is top notch.

    You can't beat this timeless classic!

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    Published: Sat, 4/29/2023 by Maxime Savoie
    1 of 7 people found the following review helpful

    Best jacket I've ever bought in my life!

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    Published: Fri, 4/21/2023 by Vadim
    0 of 5 people found the following review helpful

    Schott Perfecto jacket is as always the best and irreplaceable. My old jacket that I was wearing in my youth became small so I ordered a new one a size bigger. I gave the old one to my wife as she started riding a bike. It's now one of her favorite pieces of clothing.
    The only small disappointment was that the new jacket had a different label inside. It was not canvas vintage looked with "Union made" on it. It was just a nylon one. And the pockets fabric was somewhat thinner.
    Other details were all the same. Thank you Schott for continuing the tradition of making quality garments in the country that they come from. Keep up the good work!

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    Published: Wed, 1/4/2023 by Edward Stoudt
    2 of 8 people found the following review helpful

    I received this gift prior to Christmas and my birthday; I could not wait to wear it to start the break in process! I am a huge fan of anything made in the USA by American workers! This much like my 2 boots and another leather coat all have that great American quality. The online sizing guide was spot on and the fit is great overall. just a bit snug in my shoulders (I have large shoulders and upper arms). I look forward to how it feels once broken in. If you want an awesome piece of American history and quality this is the jacket!

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    Published: Mon, 11/14/2022 by Elliott Spencer
    1 of 8 people found the following review helpful

    Ordered a 48 & was too baggy - return was quick & a 46 replacement just as quick Jacket does not bunch up when riding and the sleeves are just right - Very Nice ! Have a 46 chest & 46 jacket Thank You Schott !

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