Nate Bui
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Anonymous: hey there, is the alden captoe brogue boot that you have currently available anywhere?

It’s an Epaulet exclusive.

Anonymous: Hey Nate. Quick question. I was wondering if you knew when the next schott factory sale was going to be. I checked it out last year, but showed up late in the day. I would love to plan accordingly this time and hopefully pick something up. Thank you!

On Decmber 6th, 7:30AM-12:00PM. Doors open and close promptly.

Anonymous: Hey Nate quick question. How long does it take to break in a 613. Ive had this thing for a few months and its still kinda stiff. How long does it take until the leather becomes soft?

No exact time frame. Just wear it as much as you can.

spacejaws: Hey man, firstly its pretty cool of you to answer all these q's about fit and style. Now that I've softened the blow: I recently found a 80's perfecto (score!) and while denim is a flawless choice to pair it with, can you rec any trousers brands to class up the jacket. Anything 200 or less would be ideal (college budget) but I'm graduating soon hopefully these pants work at a job I can't wear my leather at. Thanks either way, btw I read your a fan of the beats, Kill Your Darlings is a cool flick

I can’t really recommend anything. Just try and keep the fit slim. If you have the right proportions then you’re fine. Leather jackets usually work better with darker colors.

Anonymous: Hey Nate. It looks like you get a lot of questions about 626, and I've got one too. I'm looking into 626vn, and wonder if the measurements for this version are the same as regular 626, since it's been washed and aged. I am 6'3", 180lbs, around 39.5 inches chest, athletic and lean. Will I be able to fit into a Medium, or should I go for a Large? I'd prefer it to fit somewhat slim.

The process of “vintage” is the same as a pre-processed pair of denim. It takes in water so the shrinkage of the jacket would make you a Large in the 626VN.

Anonymous: Hi Nate. Anonymous greetings from San Francisco! Have you had any experience with the Japanese commemorative "Rosie" jacket? I'm debating between that (size 38, should actually fit in between a US 34-36) and a 519 (xs). I'd like to squeeze into the trimmer of the two. 5' 7", 140 lbs, 36 chest, 16.5 shoulders, 24 arm length. Best, Anonymous.

You should be able to fit into the Small in the 519. The X-Small will be too tight. The “Rosie” fit is a smaller cut pattern made for the Japanese market. We remove the “underarm-footballs” to make the sleeves a bit slimmer but it’s based on the 613 model. I never tried it on but you would be a 36 or a 38 according to your measurements.

derrickbarreiro: Hey Nate! I'm looking to buy a 626 off a guy in my town that's very lightly worn. But I don't really trust him is there any tips you might have to spot a fake? Also it fits my shoulders great but it's a bit snug all around how much should I expect the leather to stretch? It's my first schott and I'm really excited but I haven't seen to many in person to call out a fake thanks in advance!!

Check the coin pocket for a white tag. It should have a numerical bar code, the size and model number. Then the inside cleaning tag should say Arrow Leathercare. If it doesn’t have a Made In The USA label under the main brand label, then it might be a European model.

Anonymous: Hey nate. Im looking for a perfecto and i decided on a 613 only i dont know what size to get. I read that yours is a size 34 which would not fit me for sure. Do you know what size james jeans is? His build is similar to mine and i really like the way his fits. Are his sleeves slimmed down like yours?

His size is 36. The sleeves have not been slimmed down. He can also fit into my jacket.

Entry 20 | 15th July 2014


Hey New York. Sorry, it’s been quite some time since I last wrote to you. Trust me when I say that I have more things to tell you about California but right now, with your continuous thunderstorms cooling down a hot and muggy city, you’re all that’s on my mind. Summer has come and it isn’t…

Anonymous: Hello. You might not be able to answer this but here goes. I bought the new 519 waxy natural cowhide jacket about a week ago. I got something on it and I used Weiman leather wipes that I got from walmart. It looks like the wipes took some dye and the shine out of the spot I used them on. Is there anything I can use to restore the shine to the spot again. Leather dye? Mink oil? Some sort of wax?

Always clean with water. I would probably use some sort of a leather dye or shoe polish. But don’t take my word, it’s just my force of habit to fix everything. The best thing to do is go to a cobbler and ask for an opinion. Those guys usually know what they’re doing.

Anonymous: Hey Nate. I had a question about the 613 jacket. I bought a 626 a few months ago love everything about it except the length. It is a size medium. What would be the the same size in a 613? I want a tighter fit so I was thinking a 38. Would I be wrong to assume it would fit similar?

They are both completely different. And to compare the two without the actual measurements is a long shot. But Mediums generally is considered to be 38s. The 613 is not meant to be a slim fitting fashion jacket. If you want one that you can wear casually, we have other options. What you can do is email Jerri (, our customer service representative and ask for the measurements of the two.

Anonymous: Hey so I just purchased a 519. I see you put pins on all of your jackets. I have some old Army pins similar to yours and was wondering. Does it effect resale value of the jacket a great deal if there are a few pin holes in the collar? I wanna put them on but I'm kinda scared cause how much I spent on the jacket.

If you’re planning on reselling it brand new then yes. Most buyers want vintage broken-in models anyway. It will leave holes. It’s your prerogative.

Anonymous: Hi Nate, you seem to be the guy who knows his schott jackets so maybe you can help me out. I'm looking into getting the 519 but not sure what size to get. I know for a fact I am somewhere between a small and medium. I am about 5'9 with 40 inch chest and a 31 in the waist. I contacted jerri at schott and she recommended I go with a medium however since I know for a fact I am 38 in the 118 and once tried on a 626 in medium which was to much in the waist, I am a little skeptical. Any help is good!

I would recommend a Medium based on your chest size. You won’t be able to zip the jacket up with a Small. The 118 is made a little roomier around the body anyway, so technically the 38 would be (give or take) closer to a Medium in the 519 than a Small.

Anonymous: Hi Nate! What Schott jacket are you wearing in 3sixteen's Style Profile or is it customized since there is no waist belt? I bought the Schott 626 jacket last fall while I was in New York, but Im 5'5" tall so its obvious that its too long for me, but the sleeves are good (still gonna rock it). But what Schott bikerjacket would you recommend for short guy like me? And since Im from Europe, where could I get hands on Schott jackets? Thanks!

I’m wearing the 618 in Brown. The new 519 should fit you perfectly. In terms of where to get our jackets in Europe, the only way to get the US made models is online.

Anonymous: What are your favorite brand of jeans? I'm in the market for a nice pair of summer blue (lighter blue men's) jeans. Possibly distressed, possibly selvedge, possibly, possibly! Help!

It’s hard for me to recommend a pair of denim without knowing your price range. I am also highly against a pre-distressed denim unless it’s been worn by someone. Very few brands get the real wearer’s look when it comes down to it. I prefer breaking in a raw pair especially in the summer because you’re more active. So assuming you’re in for something that will last:

3sixteen ST-101X (Slim Tapered) Lightweight Selvedge 

Pure Blue Japan - XX-013JP Mid Rise Slim Tapered 

Imogene + Willie - Barton Rigid