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Our name is on every jacket that comes out of this factory and there's a sense of pride and a sense of responsibility with that. Chapman: You may getto where a jacket, it represents everything that you want to be. The Perfecto has always had that influence.


Leather inherently represents the best of the best. No two skins are alike like no two people are alike. Schott: There's a heritagebuilt into the machine. It's doing thing the way my great-grandfather did it. There's just a character in our production process that lends itself to the characteristics of leather that I think is not duplicated anywhere else. King: There's something tobe said for the legacy that each one of the jackets leaves the factory with. This is an artisan's trade. Each garment goes through hundreds of steps in order to create the finished product. Schott: There's just asexiness to the leather that you don't get out of any other materials. There's such a character to it. It molds to your body. It breaks in with you over time. I mean, even just the sound of rubbing on the leather, there's a crackle to it. The smell of leather. There's just so many different things that makes leather the ideal candidate to last throughout the years. Chapman: I mean, it was theold true American look. And I think that causal look had a huge impact from the 50s right until modern day.


The asymmetrical biker jacket in some places is known as a Perfecto. And that's a label, a trademark that we own.

And it tells a story. Every

piece is different.


You wear a Perfecto jacket whether you ride a motorcycle or you don't. I think I was wearing old shirts and ties and fedoras while within, you know, the classic cap and the jeans and the boots. The Perfecto line is for the more stylish, more innovative customer. Fit is very important. The look back then was to make yourself look bigger. And now these days, it's to make yourself look slimmer. So, we have to put that conversation into the brand. King: Any great pieceof leather product that's been worn has its own character. That persona is what makes it unique, and that garment takes on its own life. Chapman: Truly, the onlyway to break in a leather jacket is to wear it non-stop. Personally, I'd rather break in my own jacket and give

it my own character. I just

wear it to death.


The jacket lives on. And the reason it lives on is because everybody along the way, from the guy that sweeps the floors to the leather cutter to the woman that's pounding seams down with a hammer. She's proud about what she does. And the contribution here she makes in the end result in the product. Schott: To compete, a lotof American factories started focusing on streamlining their operations and cutting down the flexibility that they had in order to lower the prices. And we've been successful in doing the exact opposite.

We focus on making a

product that tells a story.

Catching up with one of the absolute original purveyors of motorcycle style, Schott NYC, to find out what goes on behind-the-scenes in creating a piece of history at their factory in New Jersey.

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