Produced in: Union, N.J.
Known for: The "Perfecto" leather motorcycle jacket
The origins of Schott NYC are a perfect embodiment of the American Dream. Two brothers, the sons of a Russian immigrant, started making raincoats in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and selling them door-to-door. In 1928, Irving Schott designed the first motorcycle jacket, and the brand hasn't looked back since. Schott went on to produce bomber jackets for WWII pilots and the navy, and then started catering to America's new rock 'n roll generation. Ever since then, Schott and the American rebel image have gone hand-in-hand, and the gear is still manufactured in the tri-state area, about 20 minutes from where it all started a century ago.