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Field Trip | Schott Factory Tour

Sep 14th, 2009 | Categories: Factory Tour, Made in the USA, Motorcycles, New York City | by Michael Williams

Not too far into the bio on the Schott website you will find this sentence: “We are a true-blue, real-deal, piece of Americana.” It really can’t be put any better, so that is all I really need to say. A few weeks back I took a little trip out to the Schott factory in New Jersey to see the nearly 100 year old company in action. After seeing the facilities and meeting the good people from Schott, I left with a renewed sense of appreciation for a company with devotion to not only quality, but to the people and place that made them what they are. It takes a lot of sticktoitiveness to resist the call of overseas labor and continue to manufacture domestically.  I also left with the feeling that my life was not complete without a perfectly worn-in Perfecto leather motorcycle jacket. Schott Bros. Inc has been making quality outerwear for motorcyclists and military men in the New York City area since 1913 when Irving Schott founded the company on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Still to this day a family run business, Schott is doing what they do best, making a good product at a fair price. So do yourself and your fellow Americans a favor and buy a Perfecto.

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An Omaha motorcycle police issue Perfecto.

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An old machine used for measuring leather hides.

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Comments: 22

22 Comments to “Field Trip | Schott Factory Tour”

  1. Arthur
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 12:37 AM

    Great factory tour! Nice to see a good company like Schott getting some deserved coverage.

  2. Cory
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 1:37 AM

    It’s official … I have leather jacket fever. These are beautiful. Must’ve been a blast to see them all come together.

  3. Uwe
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 6:34 AM

    wait a second.
    Check the box on the left: it says: MADE in CANADA!
    They are using labels with MADE in USA on it which are made in Canada!

  4. Jon Gaffney
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 8:37 AM

    Another nice profile/tour Michael. I just tried on a Schott Cafe Racer early last week. I couldn’t get over how palpable the quality was. The jacket just felt rugged, but insanely comfortable. Definitely added to the wish list.

  5. Speedmaster
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 8:42 AM

    Very nice pictorial!

  6. Chris
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 1:18 PM

    I just inherited a vintage Schott from the 70s, looks like it’s maybe a 141. Perfectly broken in, and very comfortable.

  7. Brent
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 3:28 PM

    Purchased a Schott pea coat which was made in the U.S.A, and it has been outstanding!
    I am not sure if it was made in the factory you highlighted, but I ma very happy with it.
    You have to be careful though, since they do sell product that was imported.

  8. Mr C
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 5:21 PM

    All props to Schott and all that but let’s face it. The stuff that Schott makes for the Japanese market is far more interesting. Schott in my opinion had it back in the day but not anymore – at least not here in the USA.

  9. A Treasury of
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 5:28 PM

    Huh.

    A homegrown company I haven’t heard about before on the blogs. Keep ‘em coming!

  10. mitch177
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 10:15 PM

    Great! Now every “menswear” brand is gonna do a Scott collab…

  11. John
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 11:09 PM

    Seriously, this is one company I’m just not interested in revisitting. Maybe my kids in 20 years can find this brand cool but I definetly don’t. I wore it and for some reason I just can’t see myself going back there.

    It seems like you’re just looking for anything made in the US just because it’s made in the US ? Even if it has absolutely no style to it. Schott is a Mall Brand ! Are you going to do a a Wall-Mart factory tour in China ? I hate to say it but your blog is becoming “COMMERCIAL” feels like it’s run by a corporate think tank to increase the sales of the Linquor Store for J-Crew. With all do respect of course !

  12. John
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 11:10 PM

    Due respect !

  13. Michael Williams
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 12:16 AM

    Dear John,

    You sound like an idiot. Schott is a family run business with a factory in New Jersey and the Perfecto is one bad ass jacket.
    If that is what you really believe, go find another blog to read. I’m not going to miss you. —ACL

  14. Sean S.
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 2:03 AM

    How in God’s name is Schott a (sic) “Wall-Mart” brand? Admittedly its not my style but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the effort and the classic aesthetic they’re going for. People need to realize just because a certain label doesn’t appeal to their aesthetic doesn’t mean it was or is made for people who have no sense of fashion.

  15. israel
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 7:13 AM

    llevo confiando en esta marca 25 años y es calidad total

  16. giuseppe
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 10:01 AM

    I just spent the last ten minutes poking around the Schott website. I used to have an old police issue Schott leather jacket ages ago, that thing was awesome. Looks like there’s hardly a dud in the bunch. The Perfecto is certainly a classic, but for my money I’m thinking that the green army-style parka with the fake fur on the hood may just be something I can’t live without this winter.

    Anything made by on industrial equipment by old ladies in New Jersey is alright by me.

  17. Sean
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 10:34 AM

    I want that American Flag patch.

  18. N
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 12:43 PM

    The jacket captioned as “Omaha motorcycle police issue Perfecto” looks great — I prefer those snap flap pockets and the more restrained collar. Having trouble finding that model on their site though. Any ideas?

  19. Elliot
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 9:44 PM

    Hey Micheal,

    That made in Canada box makes me laugh ! “Made in the USA” tags that are made in Canada ! Amazing !!

  20. himelator
    on Sep 17th, 2009
    @ 7:03 PM

    Just a point to how connected Canada and the U.S. are…all horse leather for American made jackets comes from Canada…much label making and sewing often was done in Canada. I believe that there were companies sewing for U.S. companies like Schott a while back… Dominion tanners when they finally closed their last Tannery in Winnipeg sold the business to Horween in Chicago. All strange and interconnected…Iike our cars, and endless other consumer items included all (65 %) of U.S. oil..so remember to be nice to your Canadian neighbors, lol.

  21. Michael Williams
    on Sep 17th, 2009
    @ 7:16 PM

    ACL has nothing but respect for Canadians.

  22. Scooter
    on Sep 17th, 2009
    @ 9:38 PM

    Hey, N, on the home page, highlight “men”, then click on “Perfecto”, I saw it there. See, I have time to point these things out while I save my pennies for one…but I gonna be a bad ass wearing one on my cycle!
    Thanks, Michael.