The Schott 530 Burnished Cafe Racer in natural grain cowhide has a beautiful broken-in look. Model 530 are made with chrome-tanned, drum dyed, plump & spongy hides. You will find this jacket to be very comfortable to wear the moment you first try it on! This leather is made with an oil and aniline finish that gives a broken-in look and a soft "hand". As with all of Schott’s high quality leathers, this medium weight cowhide is tanned and processed to provide many years of use without the need for treatments or conditioners. It features all the classic cafe racer style elements including a simple front center zip, zippered cross utility chest pocket, two zippered lower hand pockets, zippered sleeve cuffs and snap fastening stand-up collar. Also has a pleated bi-swing back for easy arm extension.
The cafe racer style jacket became the rage after WWII, especially in England and throughout Europe when motorcycles became faster and dropped the upright touring style in favor of a racing style. In fact, many were racing their bikes on the weekends in the numerous Tourist Trophy road races. This led to many modifications for more speed and the advent of the cafe racer motorcycle. We could go on and on about the cultural aspects and all but the easy way to think about the cafe racer jacket is that it's built for speed, it hugs the body, keeps air out, and there's not much to flap around.
Schott is one of the true American Heritage brands today. It's over 100 years old and basically, invented the leather motorcycle jacket in this country. It was actually the first company to ever put a zipper in a jacket period. The best part, is it's not only still owned by the Schott family, but it's still run day to day by the family. And, the jackets are still made by them in New Jersey, USA. Truly, it is an American classic.
- 26" length Café Racer leather jacket
- Full Aniline, drum dyed, hand cut, drummed cowhide leather
- Durable nickel plated brass hardware
- Cafe Racer style "mandarin" collar with snap closure
- Custom embossed "Schott" snap faces
- Vintage style open zippered sleeve cuffs with wind flaps
- Three outside zippered pockets with chain pulls
- Leather trimmed inside breast pocket
- 100% cotton plaid lining
- Bi-swing back
- Regular fit
- Made in the USA