Marlon Brando in “The Wild One”, 1954, wearing a Perfecto motorcycle jacket.
The jacket, originally manufactured by Irving Schott in 1928 and named
for his favorite cigar, was the first motorcycle jacket to feature
zippers. It’s still made by the Schott company, virtually unchanged
since Brando’s day, and is an iconic American classic, an almost
perfect thing. If you buy one, get the original stiff-leather version
and break it in yourself. There are soft-leather versions
available, but these are for pusillanimous yuppies.
When I wear mine I always think of “Johnny” — the coolest actor of my lifetime.