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.
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    618 PERFECTO

    Published: Wed, 6/15/2022 by Ola

    Kickass jacket in amazing finish! Love the look and the quality of this jacket. I owned 10-20 jackets trough out the years and this tops all of them. I’m a 41 chest and the size guide recommended a 42. But after wearing leather for many years I know that leather expands much like denim. So I sized down and got the 40. Fits perfect, snug but not tight. 😎👌

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    Published: Sun, 3/13/2022 by Ben

    After hearing about Schott, while searching for a peacoat, I took the advice from a friend and tried them out. After a few orders and a few exchanges, the perfect size was it was time to order a leather jacket! Again, after a few orders and exchanges, the 618 was the perfect fit for my body type (athletic, size 48 chest, 210lbs - ordered a size 50). The quality is great and you will not regret having a leather jacket that will last you a lifetime. Unfortunately, I do not live next to a company that sells their products but thanks to their return/exchange policy Schott made it easy to find the right jacket.

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    Published: Sat, 12/25/2021 by Ronald Carnesi

    Fantastic jacket. It is my favorite

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    Published: Fri, 12/17/2021 by Clark Johnson

    The original Biker Jacket! The quality is so good that I’m grateful the prices haven’t doubled. I love the fit and the customer service is always there to help you!

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    Published: Wed, 12/15/2021 by Raúl J. Fernández
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    I am from Mexico, so I had to be sure about the size and not have to return the jacket and have to pay all the shipping costs plus import taxes again.
    I spoke through the live chat with Denise and she replied that judging by my measurements:
    Height: 178 cm
    Weight: 180 lb
    Chest: 42
    Athletic build.
    She suggested size 44 for a standard fit and size 42 for a slim fit. I decided on 42 and I must say that I could not be more happy and grateful, it fits me as its name says "Perfecto". Thank you.

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    Published: Tue, 12/14/2021 by Clark J

    It’s a great classic withholding what your dollar is worth. Right fit will last you a lifetime.

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    Published: Mon, 12/6/2021 by Jeffrey

    Great Jacket and quality. The saying you get what you pay for is very true. Fit is perfect and looks sharp. If your on the fence about purchasing, don't be. Pull the trigger.

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    Published: Fri, 12/3/2021 by potatoMan

    So, I’m not a seasoned rider. I am in my early 30’s, growing up I never even sat on a motorcycle. Not even a moped. Rode a motorcycle for the first time in my life in August. Anyways, I didn’t expect anything to be very different. I got it cause I know, if I eat shit, this jacket will save at least SOME skin. I didn’t expect wearing it would improve the feeling of riding at higher velocities though, within legal limits of course. Smells good too.

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    Published: Tue, 11/9/2021 by Astro004

    TLDR: Schott has truly wonderful customer service (shout out to Jerri!), and makes exceptional jackets. If you’re on the fence about buying one of these great pieces, just do it! You won’t regret :)

    I had been contemplating buying one of these jackets for over a year, getting caught between which style to choose, if it would fit well, and whether or not to spend the money on it. Finally narrowed it down to the 618 style for its slimmer cut compared to the 118 and lack of stars unlike the 613. Having input my measurements (39” chest, 17” shoulders, 31” waist; height 5’ 3”, weight 120lbs) into the size guide, I received a size that seemed too large for me so I emailed customer service with my measurements and Jerri sent a size chart for the jacket itself along with a size recommendation (size 36). Once I pinpointed the size I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the jacket. Within days it arrived and it was amazing! The new leather smell, the feel of the jacket, the fit, and the quality craftsmanship. Upon further inspection of the jacket however, I noticed that the back snap was missing from just below the nape of the neck to attach the optional fur collar. While I didn’t want this to bother me… it did since I considered this jacket to be an investment. I emailed Jerri and she gave me options for next steps to take, and I ended up filing an exchange and sent it back easily. The next jacket I received had come from their store in California (the first one came from the NYC store) and looked like it had been noticeably used, as if it were a display model, with wear on the cuffs, belt, and faded/rusty snaps. I emailed Jerri again with pictures and she explained that their stock had run low, but a new production lot would be ready in a few weeks and that she’d make a note to inspect the jacket before it was sent out to me. I decided to return and exchange the jacket once again. And I’m so glad I did because the third time was the charm and this jacket was truly exceptional! I think it fit even better than the first. I have room to layer with a sweatshirt and even without one it’s a nice snug fit, perfect for winter. Thank you to Jerri and everyone at Schott for a great experience!

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    Published: Tue, 10/5/2021 by Bruno Lara

    This is my first ever leather jacket, I'm very pleased with the Functionality and Wear I went a size up I'm normally a 38 but the chart suggested I get a 40 just so I could layer in a sweater underneath. I've worn it a couple times so far, I'd like to wear it more often but the weather is still a bit too hot for me (60-70°)
    Well worth every penny! 👍

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    Since 1913, we have stood behind the quality of our products. That's why for our customers, if you are not happy with your item, you can send it back to us, with no questions asked. Our return and exchange policy is valid for 30 days from when the item was shipped, and make sure the original tags are attached, and it has not been worn.

    For US customers:
    • Need to exchange an item? No problem. The shipping label for the first exchange is FREE
    • Need to return an item? The shipping label is a flat rate label of $9.95

    For more information on returns including for international customers please visit