Nov
25
2009
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 
  • Schott was the first outerwear company to put a zipper on a jacket.

The

Present Perfecto

In terms of hardwearing outerwear, it doesn't get more classic (or badass) than the Perfecto motorcycle jacket by Schott. Though the nearly 100-year-old New York company makes a mean pea coat, this is the jacket that made the company. And it's still being made the same way, on the same machines, only now the jacket is getting a slight shot of style. The company collaborated with Barneys New York to make the iconic coat even better. "It's a heritage collection," says Jason Schott, the fourth-generation company head. "Inspired by those classic jackets that have been passed down like an heirloom." Meaning these slimmed-down, washed leather beauties will feel and wear as though you've had them for decades.

$995, available in store at Barneys today (online next week)

A Brief History
1928

Irving Schott sells his first Perfecto for $5.50

1954

Brando sports one in "The Wild Ones"

1955

James Dean wears his constantly

1974

The Ramones take the stage at CBGB

1980

Joan Jett ushers in the Perfecto's female charm

2009

A new Perfecto will now cost you $512

 

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