Schott NYC Leather Jackets Have Been Around for 100 Years, and Manufacturing has Never Left the United States

By Kate Hogan, UCOMM

Schott NYC is more than just a jacket-making company. The company has been manufacturing different jackets that have been worn by some of the coolest people of the last century. Marlon Brando, James Dean, Bruce Springsteen, and Steve McQueen are just a few celebrities that have donned the famous jackets. The company, started by two brothers in 1913 New York City, has been manufacturing jackets for over 100 years, and Schott NYC continues to make its jackets right here in the United States.

Irving and Jack Schott started making raincoats in a basement in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1913. Originally, they were sold by street salesmen door to door. He struck gold when he decided to put the still new invention of the zipper on a leather jacket. In 1928, Irving Schott designed and produced the world’s first leather motorcycle jacket. Named after Irving’s favorite cigar and retailing for $5.50, the Perfecto was quickly adopted by bikers. The jackets were durable and rugged, a perfect symbol for excitement, adventure, and danger. They were sold nationwide through a deal with Long Island Harley Davidson dealerships.

When World War II began, Schott was commissioned by the US Air Force to design and produce a “bomber jacket” that would be worn by soldiers in the air over Europe and the Pacific. Servicemen on the decks of ships would keep out the cold with Schott’s classic melton wool naval peacoat. Schott would produce these jackets for the US Military for the next 60 years.

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