Created in 1928 by Irving Schott, the Perfecto inherited its name from its inventor's favorite cigar. Since Marlon Brando pulled it on in 1953's 'The Wild One,' that jacket has remained the ultimate symbol of a uniquely American type of rebellion. Trying one on – either at a Schott store or at a motorcycle shop – is a mandatory part of the process of shopping for a leather jacket. If you can pull one off without looking like you're trying out for a Ramones cover band, buy it. If you can't, chalk the failure up to due diligence. [$698; schottnyc.com]
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