While cleaning out my jacket closet, found this gem in the corner. Ah, memories! It’s a vintage (1970s, evident by the tag with a picture of a bull) Schott Bros’ steerhide leather motorcycle jacket (Model 618 – slim fit) in Brown. Yea, Brown! For whatever reason, they only make black now. Though it is missing the belt (it was cut off), it has the much coveted heavy-duty Talon zippers. The previous owner of the jacket lived in Canada. Other than the story, what makes this jacket cool is that it was modeled for much skinnier people back in the day – shorter length, skinnier arm sleeves (current fashion trend).
This was one of the first leather jackets I picked up after reading Rin Tanaka’s book, Motorcycle Jackets: A Century of Leather Design back in the early 2000s – I was going through a Marlon Brando Wild One motorcycle phase. Anyways, I tried this on again and it fits perfectly. Perhaps, it will again see wardrobe rotation.
Here is to what’s old is new again. Cheers!
Link: Schott NYC