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: 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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    Published: Sat, 9/11/2021 by Chris Woodson

    Not much to say....this is a high-quality jacket. I ordered my true chest size, 44, and it fits great, Not too tight, with a little room to spare. Customer service was excellent as well.

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    Published: Fri, 9/10/2021 by Joseph Croce

    This jacket is very well made, the quality is second to none,I have many Schott jackets and this like all my others are made to last a lifetime, the money is very well spent you will never regret it.

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    Published: Tue, 8/17/2021 by Jeremy poulain

    This is my first Schott perfecto. I have had a low quality leather jacket for 8 years that never fit. When I first put it on it was pretty tight in the shoulders but I kept wearing it inside and outside and it fits great now. I don't ride a motorcycle but this jacket has always been my style I wear it with my bullet belt. My only small complaint is that I wish the buckle had a snap button. I would recommend this jacket to a young metal head like myself or any old timer who my not be sure about. It is worth the price.

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    OH MY…..618 PERFECTO!

    Published: Wed, 8/11/2021 by Ian Cook

    It is such an incredible privilege to be, at long last, a proud owner of one of your absolutely astounding jackets!
    40 odd years in the longing and just 4 days from ordering to wearing (I live in the UK)!
    The quality is unbelievable and way surpassed any of my expectations even though the wonderful reviews had primed me.
    Schott, you are one seriously special Company.
    Thank you so, so much for helping me realize my dream.

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    Published: Mon, 7/26/2021 by Joseph Croce

    I ordered this jacket as do I got it 2 days later, you cannot beat that at all, I own several Schott leather jackets,they are all top notch in quality and craftsmanship,this 618 jacket is no different, this jacket will last a lifetime.I am totally in love with all my Schott leather jackets.

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    Published: Mon, 7/26/2021 by Zaide

    Irving Schott created the motorcycle jacket. Schott NYC started it all. An iconic American symbol. This jacket is an investment; a lifelong one.

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    Published: Mon, 4/26/2021 by Gabriel

    This jacket was everything I wanted in a jacket and more. Stylish when out around town and built for a purpose when riding my motorcycle across the country. I love the look and feel. If you are on the fence about this, do yourself a favor stop thinking about it and pull the trigger you will be as happy as a kid on Christmas.

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    Published: Mon, 4/5/2021 by Luke Burkholder

    I feel like this review is premature. This jacket is so stiff right now, but I can feel that the leather is begging to be worn; it squeaks and creaks in a really satisfiying way. What I really want is a broken-in leather jacket that I have been wearing for 10 years, but I'm enjoying a stiff new jacket while it lasts.

    I am 6'0", 175 lbs and I got a size 40. I am planning to wear it mostly in spring/fall, so I wanted to be able to wear it with a light sweater. I have plenty of room in the chest and the belly, right now the tightest thing is the sleeves, so the zippers at the cuffs are used every time.

    The most surprising thing is how wind-proof it is. Maybe it's because this is my first leather jacket, but between the stiffness of the new steerhide and all the flaps and overlaps, putting this jacket on is less like doning a garmet and more like entering a very small building.

    The comment in the Overview that "making this jakcet your own requires a profound committment" really resonated with me. Schott has done their part to make a really amazing jacket. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. I'm going to take care of it for a long time.

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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. For the holiday season, we will allow returns through January 15, 2022 (or 30 days, whichever is longer) for any purchases made in November or December. Returns must not be worn and have original tags attached.

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