In 1928, American leather-goods manufacturer Schott introduced the Perfecto, a slim-fitting slightly cropped horsehide jacket designed especially for motorcyclists heading out on the open road. Schott’s original design, the first motorcycle jacket in history, was shaped by practicality—but the Perfecto was destined for greater things. When a leather-clad Marlon Brando blazed across America’s movie screens as the brooding, anti-establishment Johnny in the 1953 cult classic The Wild One, the Perfecto’s permanent association with cooler-than-cool rebellion began.
This spring, with designers playfully reinterpreting the Perfecto in a multitude of cuts and fabrics—ranging from sophisticated to totally badass—and vintage shops sourcing gorgeous originals, it’s the perfect item to thrift for, or find new. But whichever you choose, one thing is certain: a moto in your life, and suddenly even your sweatpants look kind of great.
A tried-and-true example of the classic is perfect for the girl embracing her inner Wild One. Circa ’60s, $225, V by 69 Vintage, Toronto.
White versions were all over the spring runways and the editors at them. Circa ’80s, $200, I Miss You Vintage, Toronto.
Rocker fringe and a cropped cut flatter both bohemians and biker babes. Circa ’80s, $120, House of Vintage, Toronto.