What do Marlon Brando, General George G. Patton, Bruce Springsteen, and the Tuskegee Airmen have in common? They all wore leather jackets produced by Schott NYC. The third item on my top ten Made in America holiday gifts for 2011 is the signature Schott jacket, the Classic Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket 118. The Schott family has been producing leather jackets in the Big Apple since 1915. The Perfecto is made from naked cowhide, has a belted front, zippered pockets and sleeves, and an insulated nylon quilted lining. The Perfecto is Union Made in the U.S.A by UNITE HERE local 169.
Given its price, $590, you are not going to be giving a Perfecto to your milkman or paper boy. However for that special fella, the Perfecto would be, well, perfect. This jacket makes a statement, an American statement. Any guy who receives a Perfecto this holiday season will know that this will probably be the only time he is going to be getting one since this jacket will outlast most fellas. But that is not a problem because Perfectos never go out of style. Brando in the Wild Ones sported a Perfecto. Springsteen on the cover of Born to Run. James Dean at all times. Need I go on? While none of us can be as cool as any of those boyos, at least we can wear the same jackets they wore. So, give us our shot at American cool! Get us a Perfecto!