At some point in one’s life, wearing a leather jacket just makes sense. For some, it’s the need for speed that calls. For others, it is the look, weight, feel and smell of a leather jacket that has no substitute.

Indeed, some men have made the leather jacket an indispensable part of pop culture, appealing to young and old. If you think a leather jacket makes sense for you, find a jacket that looks fitted and clean on your frame, rather than boxy or loose.

The Schott Perfecto is the original leather motorcycle jacket, introduced in 1928, and worn subsequently by Marlon Brando, James Dean and members of the punk band, the Ramones.

The Perfecto leather jacket is among the archival styles being updated by Schott NYC for its special Perfecto Brand collection ($400 to $1,000).

Aero Leathers is a UK company based in Scotland that also makes leather jackets using traditional leatherworkers. Below are a couple of their models that can be worn on the street even if you don’t race motorcycles:

Aero Cafe Racer


Aero summer half-belt in “deerskin”

Vanson Leathers is a Massachusetts-based company making leather motorcycle jackets and racing suits. Their version of the classic 1950s biker style jacket below comes in an amazing chest size range from 32 to 62.

Vanson Comet

Additional links
Himel Brothers reproduction leather jackets
Good Wear reproduction leather jackets

4 thoughts on “A time and place for leather jackets”

  1. I commend to anyone in the market for a leather jacket in classic biker, cafe racer or indeed any other style: Johnson Leather of Polk Street in San Francisco. Off-the-peg, made-to-measure and bespoke, all locally made at terrific prices. Amazing quality that will help save your life in the right (or rather, wrong) circumstances.

  2. The jacket worn by Brando in the Wild one was likely a Durable …not a perfecto. Often brands like to present their own history as such but that being said Schott is still an enduring historical brand. Unfortunately the really beautiful jackets they made are not the ones that they claim. That being said there are some incredible early Schott jackets out there and you can research them via Rin Tanakas books

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