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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    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
    0 of 6 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
    1 of 7 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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    Published: Sat, 11/5/2022 by Dylan C
    1 of 9 people found the following review helpful

    high quality jacket for an incredible price, fast shipping, and excellent customer service! there is no better place to get a leather jacket

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    Published: Sun, 10/9/2022 by Ernesto
    1 of 13 people found the following review helpful

    After a long research, I decided to buy this jacket, the Perfecto 618. I'm located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the delivery experience was straightforward, I got my jacket 6 days after I ordered it.

    The jacket: the Perfecto 618 is a top notch jacket. Details and quality materials are in every single piece of it. The jackets is harder than I've expected, taking longer its breaking-in, but it does not mean you cannot enjoy the process, it feels really good when you wear it.

    The platform size tool recommended me 38, but after taking measures I decided to go for a 36, and my decision was certain. I think the size tool oversizes a little bit, you can take 1 size less than the tools says and your jacket will fit good, specially after the breaking-in.

    Definitively recommended.

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    Published: Sun, 10/9/2022 by David
    1 of 6 people found the following review helpful

    I got the Perfecto 618 in brown. The black leather jacket is a classic, but I wanted something different and classy, rather than the tough and youthful look of the black version. The dark brown is almost black in low light but has its own unique character in day light. It also has bronze colored buttons and zippers. I wasn’t sure about the fit before I got it. I was afraid the jacket would be too short, especially after I saw it on the model here. But it fits really well. The buckle on the jacket actually sits level on top of my belt buckle in my pants. The sleeves are long, as the listing says, but when zipped closed they sit nicely on the wrist. I’m 5’ 8” and 145 lbs with an athletic build. I got professionally measured (my wife works in alteration and design) and measurement for my chest was 35 inches. I went with the size 36 jacket and it still fit very snug. I’m glad I did not size down to 34, but I may contact Schott and see about getting a half inch of length removed from the sleeves at some point since I don’t actually ride motorcycles anymore.

    The quality of this jacket is amazing. I knew the quality would be good but I didn’t realize how good. It feels really thick and durable. The grade of leather is just incredible. I’m no leather expert, but this is easily the best jacket I’ve ever owned. Been wearing it every day for a week and it’s breaking in nicely, but is definitely going to take quite a bit more time. Anyway.. I highly recommend this jacket. It’s worth every penny. I’m very tempted to get another one in the cafe racer style, but right now I just love the perfecto’s style so much that I don't need another jacket!

    If you’re thinking about getting this jacket, just do it. You won’t regret it. And if by chance you do, the return policy makes it easy to send back.

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    Published: Wed, 6/15/2022 by Ola
    1 of 8 people found the following review helpful

    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
    1 of 4 people found the following review helpful

    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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    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