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Long before motorcycle jackets ruled the runways, they lined the Lower East Side storefront of brothers Irving and Jack Schott, who started crafting leather coats in 1913 and pioneered the asymmetric biker look in 1928. (That shop closed in the early fifties.) To mark the brand’s 100th anniversary, on October 4, Schott NYC will return to the area with a new boutique (236 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St.; 212-219-1636). The built-to-last pieces for both sexes—motorcycle styles in heavy steerhide ($600) and herringbone wool ($575), lambskin trench coats ($465), and leather-trimmed naval peacoats ($320)—are all hand-cut and sewn on turn-of-the-twentieth-century machines, just like the originals. From October 4 through 6, the family will host a retrospective exhibit at Openhouse gallery, featuring vintage Schott jackets painted by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat (201 Mulberry St., nr. Spring St.; 212-334-0288).


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