The classic, black leather motorcycle jacket dates to 1928, a product of Schott N.Y.C., the first clothing company to equip its jackets with zippers. The Perfecto, as it was called, retailed for $5.50. A Detroit motorcycle accessories manufacturer named Joseph Buegeleisen introduced its motorcycle jackets in the 1940s, as did Harley-Davidson (the Cycle Champ was for men, the Cycle Queen for women) and Indian (its jackets were named the Ranger and Rangerette). Other jacket manufacturers included Beck, Buco, and Hercules, but Schott was the king, especially after Marlin Brando wore a Perfecto in the 1953 film “The Wild One.”

By the end of the 1960s, another type of leather jacket became associated with motorcyclists, also because of a film. That would be the leather fringe jacket, which featured tassels on the sleeves, chest stitching, and pocket flaps, worn by Dennis Hopper in “Easy Rider.”


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

The Black Tie Guide

The Black Tie Guide

Peter Marshall became an authority on formalwear out of necessity — he needed a tux to wear on the maiden transat… [read review or visit site]

Classic Motorcycle Archive

Classic Motorcycle Archive

This simple website contains photos and descriptions of over a thousand classic antique motorcycles and motorized b… [read review or visit site]

Fashion Columbia Study Collection

Fashion Columbia Study Collection

The Fashion Columbia Study Collection (FCSC) is the digital home of the Columbia College Chicago’s fashion archiv… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vtg 60s Belstaff Trialmaster Professional Motorcycle Waxed Jacket S/xsStunning Vtg 50s Cal-leather California Chp Horsehide Police Motorcycle JacketStunning Vtg 40s Black Horsehide Leather Motorcycle ฺbiker Jacket MediumVtg Perfecto Schott Bros. Leather Motorcycle Jacket Mens Sz 44 Defects Vintage Schott Perfector 125 Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket Size 40 Mens PunkVtg Lewis Leathers Roadfarer Leather Motorcycle Biker Jacket Small/mediumStunning Vtg Belstaff Motorcycle Waxed Jacket XlargeSuperb Vtg 40s German Hartmann Flight Motorcycle Leather Jacket Luftwaffe LrgVintage Schott Perfecto 125 Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket Size 40 Mens Punk NrVintage Avirex Type A-2 Motorcycle Flight Bomber Genuine Leather Jacket Large 46Vintage 1980's Wilsons Motorcycle Leather Jacket Size SmallVintage Leather Biker Jacket-size 38" Small Distressed Cafe Racer Jacket SmallVintage Schott Perfecto Motorcycle Jacket Size 42Vintage 60s Aviakit Lewis Leathers Bronx Motorcycle Jacket Made In EnglandVintage Avirex Flight Jacket G-1 Leather Bomber Military Navy Motorcycle 38Vintage 70s Lewis Leathers Electra Motorcycle Jacket Size 38 England SheepskinVintage Weathered Schott Perfecto Black Biker Motorcycle Leather Jacket 10 MedVintage Leather Jacket Brooks Cafe Racer Motorcycle Biker Zip Out Lining Large Vintage California Creations Leather Biker Motorcycle Men's Jacket 46 Xl Vintage Designer Marlboro Brown Leather Motorcycle Jacket - Size MediumVintage Hein Gericke Motorcycle Jacket For Harley Davidson BmwVintage Leather Motorcycle JacketVintage Chicago Police Leather Jacket Motorcycle Kale Uniforms 42First Genuine Vtg Black Leather Heavy Duty Motorcycle Biker Jacket Mens 42Vtg Usaaf B-3 Schott Bros Motorcycle Bomber Flight Jacket Sheepskin SmallVintage Indian Motorcycle Leather Jacket Xxl By Authorize Dealer Vancouver Bc Vintage 70s Lewis Leathers Super Plainsman Motorcycle Jacket England Size 40Vintage "nates" Chicago Police Motorcycle Leather Jacket Black - Amazing & Cool!Vintage Brown Leather Cafe Racer 60s Talon Zipper Motorcycle 38 Jacket Vintage Mens Motorcycle Leather Usa American Flag Jacket ~ Red White & BlueMen's Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket Usa Made By Excelled Sz 46 Women Motorcycle Pu Soft Leather Vintage Zipper Jacket Black Coat Outwear Size MMens Vintage Schott Racing Racer Motorcycle Biker Leather Jacket S 40Vintage 40's Horsehide Chicago Police Leather Motorcycle Jacket Xl Mens Vtg 80s 90s Chicago Police Motorcycle Biker Zip Snaps Leather Jacket 44Mens Vintage Schott Bros Nyc Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket Size 42 L LargeVintage Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket Sears The Leather Shop Size 46 TallVintage Kids Boys Girls Leather Motorcycle Jacket Harley Davidson Adorable Xl @@Vintage Usa Made Excelled Brando Style Leather Biker Jacket, Harley Patch; Sz 42Rare Vtg Mens 46 Passaic? Bates? Vanson? Leather Cafe Racer Motorcycle Jacket Vtg 90’s Women’s Sm Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket~ Usa~ Ykk ZippersHarley Davidson Vintage Shield Motorcycle Vest Jacket Pin BikerChicago Bulls Vtg 90's Leather Starter Jacket Motorcycle Sewn Michael Jordan S/mVintage Harley Davidson Leather Motorcycle Jacket Bermans Leather Motorcycle Jacket Sz 48l VintageAll Saints Men's Leather Biker Jacket Vintage Xl (fits Like An L)Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket Tour Lion By Rex Marsee Size 42Levis Vintage Clothing - Motorcycle Jacket Rare - Size Large Vintage Belstaff Trialmaster 500 Biker Jacket Quilt Lining. SGenuine Soft Leather Vtg Skinny Cropped Motorcycle Biker Moto Jacket Celeb 6-12Men's Xl Vintage "nothing Else Is A Pepsi", Denim Jean Jacket/trucker/ BikerLarge Vintage 6" Embroidered Bsa Birmingham Small Arms Motorcycle Jacket PatchUsed Harley Davidson Motorcycle Jacket Willie G Size XlMen's Leather Motorcycle Biker Jacket Size Xl Used ConditionMens Vintage Distressed Davoucci Leather Motorcycle Racing Jacket Size 2xl 3xlWilsons Open Road Vintage Black Leather Fringe Biker Jacket LargeVintage Old Skool Harley-davidson Motorcycle Eagle Jacket Vest Pin Weise Brooklands Vintage Motorcycle JacketVtg Janbell 2 Piece Leather Motorcycle Racing Suit Unisex Jacket PantsGuess Vintage Motorcycle Jacket Leather Black