Originally designed to withstand the weather and protect against unexpected mishaps on the open road, the leather jacket has evolved beyond its utilitarian beginnings. The multitudes of styles have even defined sub-cultures throughout history, but no matter what tribe you find yourself in, there’s a solid leather jacket uniquely appropriate for you to sport throughout the year.
“My Great Grandfather, Irving Schott, invented the modern-day motorcycle jacket, which he named ‘The Perfecto,’ after his favorite cut of cigar,” says Jason Schott, COO of Schott NYC. “The motorcycle jacket, as well as military flight jackets, all served the purpose to keep the wearer warm and safe from the elements.”
A leather jacket only gets better over time if the material is of the highest quality, and the manufacturing is dependable. A well-tuned jacket should hit right around your hip with the sleeves extending up to the wrists. When looking for the perfect fit, don’t be afraid to go down a size, as the jacket will mold to you as it breaks in.
“If you have something for decades,” Schott says, “it becomes a part of you and your style and appreciates as a family heirloom. It’s the definition of a good investment.”