Almost all of our special projects are born through relationships. This one was initiated by our good friend Nate Bui, who was our first Style Profiles feature that we posted on our website. He's what you'd call a Schott leather jacket aficionado, and his love for the company and their iconic products stretches back well before he was hired to work for the company. It was through Nate's introduction to Jason Schott that we were able to begin conversations on working together on a project that would be able to represent the ideals of both companies. What resulted is a custom double rider Perfecto hand cut and sewn to our exact specifications in Schott's family-owned factory.
The jacket’s silhouette is a modernized, slim fit version of the classic Perfecto motorcycle jacket originally designed by Irving Schott in 1928; Schott enthusiasts will know this exact fit as the 519. With its slightly lengthened body and slimmer arms, the jacket has a fashion-forward fit that is equally at home in both casual and riding functions. Additionally, eliminating the belt and the epaulet star on the classic Perfecto and employing matte black hardware for all zippers and snaps yields a monochromatic, easy-to-wear look.
The Schott for 3sixteen Perfecto is made of premium naked cowhide, a leather with a slight sheen and supple hand that will age beautifully. Unlike traditional finished leather that has a rigid shiny topcoat, naked cowhide has no finish and open pores, resulting in a softer feel and an easier break-in period. The jacket is lined with raw Japanese selvedge chambray fabric that will provide for comfortable, lightweight, year-round wear. The lining features a busted-seam detail that runs up the back to show the self edge of the fabric. Lastly, a custom leather patch commemorating the collaboration is sewn into the lining above an inside pocket.
As a final touch, we employed Josh Warner of Good Art HLYWD to design and manufacture a custom .925 sterling silver “snap-cap” to apply to the signature snap on the back of the jacket, which is traditionally used to attach an optional sheepskin collar. Good Art’s snap cap is an original design consisting of a female portion made of solid brass inserted into a solid sterling silver cap top. The snap caps are individually crafted by hand end-to-end in Good Art’s Los Angeles foundry. Each snap is then boiled in sulfur to give it a unique gunmetal finish: the sulfur creates a black oxidation layer on the snap which, over time, will wear down to reveal the bright silver underneath - not unlike the patina that is achieved on a pair of raw denim.
We'd be remiss to neglect mentioning the lookbook photos, which feature LA-based actor and longtime friend of ours Milo Ventimiglia. He's been an avid supporter of both 3sixteen and Schott over the years and we are thankful to have him help us out.
Each jacket is hand cut and sewn in Schott’s family-owned manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Only 100 units were produced and will be available on Thursday, June 9th, via select retailers for $950 USD. The jacket will also launch on our webstore at noon EST on June 9th.