By  on August 20, 2019

Mel Schott, who created a successful business centered around his father’s leather motorcycle jacket, has died at the age of 94. He passed away last week at JFK Memorial Hospital in Atlantis, Fla., from pneumonia after a 20-plus year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a spokesperson from Schott NYC, the brand operated by the fourth generation of the founding family.

Melvin Schott was born in Brooklyn and grew up working with his father Irving at the company’s Lower East Side store and factory creating modern-day motorcycle jackets and selling them door to door. He took a break from the business by enlisting in the Marines during World War II where he was wounded during the Iwo Jima conflict in February of 1945 and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

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