Consider the motorcycle jacket.
Timeless. Made to be passed down. A de facto symbol of counterculture.
And now, ready to take the Windy City by storm.
Because Schott NYC — the American label that started it all — just opened its very first Midwest outpost right here in Chicago. The Wicker Park shop is Schott’s third brick-and-mortar in the country, the two others being in New York and L.A.
If you don't know Schott by name, you'd definitely recognize it by sight. Its responsible for the Perfecto — a zippered leather moto number favored by antiheroes of style, not to mention the coolest jacket to ever grace the big screen. Marlon Brando immortalized the jacket in The Wild One. James Dean wore one. The Ramones. The list goes on.
The century-old label has kept its rebel cred ever since, all the while expanding its offerings with more accessible styles. A few highlights:
- This unlined, summer-friendly cafe racer jacket cut from lightweight waxy cowhide
- The Raven, a minimalist take on the classic Perfecto
- This stunning flight jacket you’ll most definitely pass on to your kids
But you’ll find more than just leather jackets here.
Not Marlon Brando level of cool, mind you. But hey, no one can be that cool.
Schott NYC Chicago, 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave. (map)