The Schott 654VN Hand-Vintaged Cafe Racer in black cowhide has been worked by hand to create an unmistakable vintage look. Subtle wear has been worked into the leather and even the zippers have been worked to get a worn vintage look. It features all the classic cafe racer style elements including a simple front center zip, two zippered lower hand pockets, zippered sleeve cuffs and snap fastening stand-up collar. If you really want a 50's vintage Schott jacket (which are very hard to find) but don't have the time to travel looking for one and don't want to invest the money (yes, they are expensive), this will give you the same look and we won't tell anyone. Each of these jackets are one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly from the one photographed.
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.
- Hand-vintaged cowhide
- Polyester twill lining
- Made in the USA