The Schott 641 is one of the best kept secrets in Schott’s lineup. It follows a classic café cut, but unlike the most popular 141 it’s made from steerhide, not cowhide. Yes these are the same animal, but whereas cows tend to have calves, making their hides extra soft and elastic, steer tend to have tougher, thicker hides than their supple female counterparts. Steerhide may be bad for women’s handbags, but it’s great for motorcycle jackets.
Schott’s steerhide is buttery buy thick, promising a lifetime of use and classic crash protection. The 641 sports a removable pile liner, a bi-swing back and underarm football gussets for flexibility and reach.
Each 641 is made about 50 miles from Union Garage over in Union, New Jersey. And since Schott has been making leather jackets for more than a century now, it sure does appear they’ve figured out how to get it done.
Fit note—Schott’s steerhide jackets tend to fit a half-size smaller than a standard suit size. If you measure a 44 suite (suit size will refer to the number in inches around widest part of the chest with arms relaxed at sides), you’re probably a 44 jacket. If you’re a 43, you might try the 42, also.