Hello, Nate. I saw several pics of you wearing Schott 626 Jacket but it seems that your jacket does not have waist belt. As far as I know the belt is not detachable and that makes me a little bit confused.
I undid the stitching and took the belt off. Then I resowed the stitching.
Hey Nate! I'm thinking about taking it the sleeves on my 618, but I really do not want to mess with the integrity of the jacket. Do you have any recs for someone who can do a good job doing that in NYC? Thanks!
There’s no one I can really recommend. Tailors don’t want to work with leather because you cannot make a mistake. There’s no magic solvent that can eliminate holes once the needle pierces the leather. I do all my tailoring, so I don’t have anyone to blame but myself. I’ve ruin so many items because of this. Stick with what you have. The sleeves will conform to your arms, trust me.
Hey Nate, I love your style and photos you take. You're an inspiration to myself and others. My question is, i plan on getting a 613 but I'm 6'1" average built, what would be a good size or what jacket would you recommend? Thank you and keep up the AWESOME job,style and photos
Stick to your chest size if you’re going to get the 613. It’s hard to recommend one when I don’t know your exact measurements. I highly recommend the 626 because you’re a bit taller. The 613 is cut short.
Hi Nate, I was just wondering if you have any idea where to find slim turtlenecks? I have been on the look for them but I have not much luck. I understand that well made items will cost a bit but if I found a mid range priced one I'd take that. Thanks! c:
Hi Nate, I just bought a 626. Would you recommend I apply a leather protector? If so, which one would you recommend? Thanks in advance, and very informational blog!
Not at the moment. Our jackets get a little treatment before leaving the factory. I like it better untreated and broken in. I’ve had mine for almost three years and it hasn’t touched any leather product. There is one thing though, don’t let it get soaked. The leather will dry and crack. If it does dry, buy conditioner. Any will do. You can find them at a cobbler shop.
Recently acquired the 626. Is it possible to shorten the jacket length about 2-3 inches?
The answer is no. The most you can do, if you’re lucky enough to find a tailor that’s willing to do it is 3/4 of an inch. It is going to be pricey though. You have belt loops that interfere with any lengths beyond that. With two inches, you’ll lose the coin pocket. And with three inches, your side pockets will be cut in half. They also need to take out the zipper and shorten that as well. It is a hard task and the chances of someone completely doing any of that is slim to none. If anything, the classic Perfectos (24” neck to bottom/626 is 26”) would’ve been better because slimming the sleeves is less work.
I know your tired of all the styling questions. I really enjoy your poetry on your other tumblr. I just wanted to know what inspired to get into writing?
I’ve always been ever since my first real English class in school. I read a lot about history as a kid and watched classic films. Learning about so many different cultures made me realize how minute I am within the world. And as I got older, I re-read some of the books to get a different perspective. Growing up, I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. I’ve always excelled well in my English classes and would read 25 books each summer. I was the lead Editor of my High School newspaper and wrote about current events. I’m not sure what made me change my major to Film Direction in college but I thought I could squeeze screenwriting in that. I wish I had stuck with journalism though.
I find that writing relaxes me. I like the flow of words unconventionally. I know there are a lot of flaws in my writing but I want it to be in my voice, my prose. Poetry is like a never ending song. It takes a lot to publicize your inner thoughts but what use would it be if it’s locked away inside your head. I’m also inspired by music. Not just the ones with singing but classical as well.
You can escape with writing. Make up where you are. Travel, live, love. You can be whoever you want to. There are no rules to it. Writing is the greatest invention. I will never stop but I wish I had more time. My “Entries” will be published after every 100 I write.
Hey Nate! Firstly awesome blog, just wondering what your winter plans are for outerwear? Do you just layer up under your schott or maybe switch into some wool or a parka? I'm in the market for a winter coat and need some direction.
I definitely don’t only wear my Perfecto. It’s not warm enough. I have a denim Peacoat from Mister Freedom that I layer over it. That keeps me relatively warm. I have a 32oz Melton Wool Peacoat from Schott as well. I wear that with a long sleeve tee when I go out at night. And my other is a wool topcoat from JCrew for when I try and dress up. I’m not a huge layering guy but it really depends on the weather.
Whenever it smells and are dirty. Putting it in the fridge and febreezing it does not work. Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and Self Edge told me this and I take his word highly. I’m huge fan of breaking clothes in but lets be real guys, be clean.
I'm 5 foot 7 and I just can never find any suit pants that are fitted and slim enough like my APC or Nudie Jeans. Do you have any recommendations for slim fitting suit pants/jackets for shorter guys like myself?
Hey Nate, not sure if someone already asked you this, but I had a question regarding the fit on the Vintaged Cowhide Perfecto Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jacket. Is it as fitted as the 626 lightweight waxy cowhide moto jacket? I tried the 626 on in person and it feels awesome. Nice and fitted. Was just wondering if the Vintaged Perfecto had a similar fit or if it needs any type of tailoring.
I’m assuming it’s the 626VN. They’re both the same fit. The vintage effect was done through stonewashing the 626. It’s the same jacket. Give or take, the process might have a subtle change to the fit. It might be slightly looser due to the treatment but nothing really dramatic. We wanted the 626 to look more worn in, as if you’ve had it for years. Stick to the size you tried on.
I know you're a big boot guy so I was wondering if you had any experience with White's boots. Having such unique style as yourself, I would feel like you would love the customizability of them.
I don’t have any experience with White Boots whatsoever. I think it’s great to be able to custom your own style but I generally like simple and minimalistic. But wearing boots for most of my life has done damaged to my feet so maybe that’ll be an option in the future.
hey man great blog, I really love wolverine 1000 mile boots but they're a bit out of budget being a college student, could you possibly recommend a pair around the 200$ price range thats similar if you know one?
Chippewas are your best bet. A classic Service boot is around $275. I think they’re made better than Wolverines. Not a lot of people know that Chippewa invented most of the boots you see. The Engineer boots was developed for the expansion West for the workers on the railroads. They have been around long before Red Wings, Wolverines, Aldens and made boots for the military dating back to WWII. If you’re going to invest, I say shoot for quality. Rather than buying a boot every couple of years, probably spending more, buy something that will last.
hey nate, awesome page. any recommendations for denim shirts? thanks!
I like vintage Wrangler westerns. They usually come big and long but if the shoulder fits me, I slim and hem them. I just like the feel of broken in denim shirts, especially for summer. Other than that, JCrew makes well fitting ones. If you have the dough, and it’s a long list, but any Japanese brands synonymous with denim like Chimala are amazing.
might wanna ditch the pretentious tone, champ. it's just clothing.
So that might’ve been a little harsh but really. I’m just trying to get people to be themselves. Find something that you love and cherish. Be an individual. If you need a style tip, then ask me (which I’m totally flattered for because I literally wear the same thing everyday). Clothes are clothes but they define who you are. Everyone is going to look completely different than everyone else even if you do wear the same clothes. It’s about how you wear it and what you wear it with. I’m inspired by a lot of stylish icons. I like the way James Dean and Steve McQueen put their outfits together. I like how Johnny Depp and Jude Law wear their clothes. But I’m not asking them exactly what they’re wearing. I put together things that look similar but in my interpretation.
Be yourself. Wear clothes that fit you. Be an individual but be inspired.
Sorry for being harsh but if you get 5-6 questions a day about exactly what you’re wearing, then you become a little pissed off.
What blazer and pants do you wear in the recent photo shoot at the backyard of Saturday?
First of all, these questions are stupid because why would you want to wear something that someone else is wearing that has a completely different body type and look indefinitely different than you. You will not look the same. Second of all, that’s an old photoshoot, probably about a year ago. Third, I wear my clothes for a long time so telling you about an item of clothing from several seasons ago will be pointless.
This may appear to be a silly question considering where you work but I'm going to ask anyway. How would you compare Scott NYC to Lewis Leather? They are both legendary brands. How would you compare style, fitting and leather quality? Thanks
To be honest, I never had an experience with Lewis Leather to determine the fit and style. And I’ve never really look at what they offer.
Talking about legendary, Schott Bros were the first company to ever put a zipper on a jacket thus inventing the asymmetrical motorcycle jacket. Jackets/coats were all button closed before that. If you think about that for a second, how crazy is that!
Hey Nate, so I saw this picture "love life"(I wanted to add a link apparently I can't send links) which seems to be you showing your hands/the bracelets and watch your wearing. or at least I hope it's you. I am completely freaking out about the really cool watch. Could you tell me the brand/model/something about the watch so I can check it out. thanks and all the best. greetings from germany. S
It’s my father’s Movado that he gave me when he passed on.
I just bought a RRL tanker pilot flight jacket on eBay. It's a small. In your experiences with the brand do the jackets usually run large or small?
They fit just about right to me. It really depends on you proportions and fit of how you wear you clothes. If you wear tight skinny jeans, you might look a little too Skinhead-ish. I wear slim-straight denim/trousers so it’s in proportion to my style.
hey nate do you know any spots where i can find a green field jacket and a barbour Steve McQueen jacket similar to the ones you own?
I don’t have the Steve McQueen Barbour. I have a vintage 1987 Bedale and a Belstaff Roadmaster. As for Field Jackets, if you can find any World War II era ones, they seem to fit the best. JCrew makes a good fitting one too.
You have the casual, rugged yet elegant style to perfection. Well done! How wold you compare Belstaff Trialmaster to Barbour International?
I have the Belstaff Roadmaster that’s cut slim. I think between the Trialmaster and International, it’s all the same aside from the name. I think Belstaffs are cut longer but haven’t actually confirmed. I say go with whatever tag you like the best. My brother is a huge Barbour guy and I like to offend him so I’m Team Belstaff!
Would you say RRL makes quality sweaters? I've been contemplating buying one but it's a pretty steep price for something that you can't examine / try on in person.
In my experience, they’re cut in between a slim and traditional. It’s quality, but not something I would purchase necessarily. But if I had my eye on one, I would pull the trigger just because you really can’t find another company other than Ralph Lauren making that type of style.
Sorry to bombard with more questions on Schott. I am 183cm, slim build, slightly broad shoulders with 31" waist. Would you recommend the 613 or 626? i live in HK and it doesn't get overly cold here hence i think the 626 would suit the weather better but i feel the steerhide in 613 would hold up better in the long run plus its more classic. If i was to go with the 613, would size would you recommend? Thanks in advance!
Since you’re a little over 6ft, I would go with the 626. It is lighter, and yes, it will be better for the climate in HK. The 613 One Star is cut traditionally, using a pattern from the 1950s where the guys were much shorter and broader. I think it will look too short on you. And the leather is slightly different. Steerhide is just the “male” cow, so you should be fine with the Cowhide.
What's your take with the RRL slim raw denim and how it fades?
They’re good. I own a pair myself. I assume RRL still uses the shuttle looms from Okayama, Japan, so you have a great pair of 14.5oz jeans. Their denim(s) are about the only real American made/quality garment they have in production.
Any good suggestions on how to clean an vintage wax jacket? I have an old barbour and belstaff from the 50's. They are both tiredly amazing but the smell is awful and overwhelming! Would appreciate any pointer! Thx
I had the same problem on my 1987 Barbour Bedale. It had the horrible mossy stench to it. The reason why these pieces smell was because the original owner actually wore it to work. After that, it would be hung and not worn around the city. Nowadays, it’s acceptable to wear as casual wear. I asked around from one vintage collector to the next. I even asked Pickers who only travel to the UK to pick these pieces and there’s no solution but washing it. The only problem with that is that you can’t wax it after you washed the jacket because the cotton has been soften and won’t hold the coat of wax. The short term solution that worked for me was Fabreze and putting it a garbage bag overnight stuffed with fabric softener. Now you’ll probably smell like a new batch of clean laundry, but it’s better than smelling like you lived in the forest.
Hi Nate, would it be possible to remove the epaulettes off of a Schott? If so do you recommend a particular tailor? Thank you!
Why would you? Our epaulettes with and without the stars is one of the trademarks that defines a Perfecto. Might as well buy another brand that doesn’t have one.
It’s a tough job to do anyway. Its like removing shoulder pads from a suit jacket. It takes time and money. Plus, the bottom snap will leave a hole if you remove the epaulette and snap. Leaving the snap on its own just looks funny.
You have an amazing style, one of my fave... actually best. May I ask what does those pins on your schott motojacket means or are they just for decorate?
Thanks. I really appreciate it.
Most of them are vintage pins that I found and the others are gifts from friends. As for significance, the only real one is my poppy from England. I grew up planning on joining the military after High School with friends I grew up with, but life brought me in another direction. Most of them did go and the poppy represents them. The rest are motorcycle badges and a pin that I got from Andrew at Self Edge that says, “NYC.”
Hey Nate did you give up on your acting career? & what are some books you have read in your life that you would recommend?
No. Why would I? Acting doesn’t come easy. It’s a process of waiting and wanting. I’m still young and have plenty of time to find a role that will hopefully launch my career. I filmed a small part in a big blockbuster during the summer and that was quite the experience. I’m still out there chasing the perfect script. I love films and storytelling so I don’t think I’ll ever lose interest.
As for books, I can’t pick one. I usually read the whole bibliography of my favorite authors. I think you have to keep reading whenever you can. Books are the greatest thing ever invented.
Some of my favorites are:
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
How goes it sir. It seems like you know a lot about the Schott brand. What is your take on the 613 and 626? Do you prefer one more than the other? I haven't seen either one in person so I'm having a little trouble deciding which one to get. Would you mind putting your two cents in on them? I'd appreciate the help. Thanks
I originally had the 626 because it was slimmer. The only really picky thing about it to me was the length. It’s 26” from neck to bottom. I wanted something short so I got the 613 which is 24” neck-bottom. It’s cut a lot bigger but I was able to slim it down. The leather is also different. The 626 is a cowhide which is much lighter than the steerhide we use in the 613.
It’s really up to you. You’re always going to sacrifice something when it comes to clothes. It is rare to find something that fits off-the-rack.
Hey Nate, looks like I'm about to purchase the 626. I'm deciding between the small or medium. I'm about 5-11. I usually wear a 36 sometimes 38 depending on the brand. I have a 31 inch waist. Slightly muscular/athletic build. What do you think I should go for. Any advice would be greatly appreciated !
I have two medals on my necklace. One is Saint Expeditus and the other is Saint Michael.
Saint Expeditus is the patron saint of doing, in case of emergencies, quick solutions and against procrastinations. It was usually worn by merchants and navigators. He is depicted as a Roman soldier holding up a cross with the word “holdie” (today) and stepping on a crow with the word “cras” (tomorrow). I wear it because I live by the day.
Saint Michael is God’s archangel and Guardian (General) and is for my protection.
They are both vintage medals I found on eBay from France. The chain is a military ball chain.