THE PERFECTO

THE PERFECTO


by L.I.M. | January 15, 2012

Fashion has always been cyclical. Whether it be Doc Martens, skinny jeans, or duffle coats, trends come and go. Only a couple of articles of clothing are trendless, surviving for decades. For me, the perfecto is that timeless piece.

Since the jacket was created by Schott NYC in the early 1920’s, it has been a defining icon for rebels and revolutionaries. Over the years, the jacket has been copied and reproduced by every high fashion house in the industry.

Brought to mainstream fame by celebrities such as Brando, the Ramones, and John Travolta, the jacket has long been the epitome of “cool.” In fact, Brando’s star power and the following he created after the movie “The Wild One” has forever linked this jacket with the outlaws and rebels, causing it to even be banned by numerous American schools in the 1950’s.

However, even without these celebrity endorsements, the jacket itself screams for attention. Originally a motorcycle jacket, it is naturally quite slim, needing to be rigid and molded to the rider to protect him in case of a spill. From the asymmetrical cut to the arm zippers, no jacket comes close to owning this much swagger. Combined with its natural slim fit, the jacket is unique to the market, ignoring all social standards and conformity. And isn’t that what streetwear is all about?