Every Friday we are going to ‘Flashback’ to moments that need to be preserved for their impact on how we look at, think about, and react to modern design in fashion and culture, today and tomorrow.
1928: Nearly 40 years before Harley Davidson would create their own, Irving Schott designs and produces the first modern leather motorcycle jacket. Retailing for $5.50 at a Long Island Harley Davidson distributor, the Perfecto® is durable, rugged, and immediately embraced. To this new generation of “bikers”, the Perfecto® is a symbol of the excitement, adventure and danger that fuels their fascination with motorcycles.
Purchased by Elvis Presley at a J.C. Penney store during the mid-1950s, this black leather motorcycle jacket is one of nearly 60 examples on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in “Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket.” (Courtesy of EMP Museum)