Friday, 11 January 2013

The 'Perfecto' Biker Jacket: 100 Years Of Schott NYC

Founder of the iconic 'Perfecto' motorcycle jacket, Schott NYC celebrates their 100th anniversary this year, and has collaborated with fashion historian Rin Tanaka on a retrospective book entitled 'Schott NYC – 100 Years of an American Original'.

With over 200 photographs including vintage images of Schott-clad luminaries from the world's of rock, punk and hip-hop - the book also features 130 shots of 'perfecto' jackets manufactured between the 1930's and 1980's and never-before-seen photographs of the Schott production factory. The book, which also includes an extensive history of the label that introduced a slice of Americana to the rest of the world, 
is available to buy for under £50 via Colette HERE.

Images © Schott NYC, 2013

To mark the anniversary, Schott will also release a capsule collection of six historic jackets in new colour ways - the “Scott NYC 100 series” will comprise of the Classic B-3 Sheepskin Leather Bomber Jacket, the A-2 Leather Flight Jacket, the CafĂ© Racer leather jacket, the classic 740 Peacoat, the College Jacket and the legendary 'Perfecto' biker jacket - as worn by style and screen icons, James Dean and Marlon Brando. 

The 'Perfecto' was also given a makeover in 2009 by designer Jeremy Scott, who created a black/white pattern inspired by the late graffiti artist Keith Haring, as modelled by Rihanna (images below). Scott also added a 'Flinstones' print on to the jacket as part of his spring/summer 2010 show - other designers who have collaborated with the brand include Converse, Supreme and Victim.

For the anniversary '100 Series' the women's version of the 'Perfecto' motorcycle jacket will be available in 9 variations with a coloured, contrasting lining.
For more info, head HERE.

Marlon Brando in "The Wild Ones" (1954) in Schott 'Perfecto' Biker Jacket
Rihanna in Jeremy Scott's Haring Print Schott 'Perfecto' Biker Jacket (2009)
Jeremy Scott x Schott 'Haring' Perfecto Biker Jacket (2009)
Jeremy Scott x Schott 'Perfecto' Biker Jacket - 'Flinstones' SS10 Collection


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