"Perfecting the Perfecto" is catnip as a slogan and a sales pitch. It makes perfect sense for Belstaff, which has traded heavily on its motorcycle heritage since relaunching in 2012. Having tweaked the Trialmaster and the Roadmaster jackets, creative director Martin Cooper is now applying himself to the task of finessing the best-known moto standard. Today it came in a variety of buttery bonded leathers, several lengths, and even some silky tailored versions.
While some designers still hew to Resort's original cruise mentality, Cooper has adopted a more buy-now, wear-now stance, heavy on leathers: leather jackets, stretch-leather-front jersey pants, leather slouch boots. His concession to warmer climes was a perforated Perfecto and matching shorts set. That, and a group of silk shifts, polka-dotted in homage to the polka-dot racing scarves he discovered in some moto photos from the fifties and sixties.