Denim Brands Made in The USA (That You'll Actually Want to Wear)
I am a jeans and t-shirt girl through and through. I firmly believe you can never have too many pairs of jeans. It was my first thought when I decided to become a more conscious consumer, "but what about my denim?!". Luckily, most of my favorite denim brands are still made in the USA. Thank you denim gods for sparing me! And thank you to these bad-ass brands for remaining true to your inception and continuing to produce your jeans in the US (Ahem, Levi's, you are the true American brand. Y u do this?!). Would love to hear your thoughts, as well as any additional brands in the comments below!
Rag & Bone
If Rag & Bone were a person, he would be both an effortless, cool New Yorker and a well-tailored Brit. Synonymous with understated downtown NYC, the company was founded in 2002 by boarding school mates Marcus Wainwright & David Neville. The duo had a rather rough start when a large batch of men's denim arrived from Hong Kong in bad shape. Shortly after, they decided to bring their production for men's jeans from Hong Kong to a small production facility in Kentucky, who valued craftsmanship and quality. By 2004, the whole menswear line was created and the company began to boom. The duo went on to add a full womenswear collection in 2005 and is now one of the most well-known brands in the world. Most importantly, it's still made in the USA at some of the oldest factories in the country and the quality has never faltered.
Shop My Pick | Rag & Bone, The Skinny Jean
Being made in Los Angeles has always been a huge part of Frame since their inception in 2012. As one of the pair of masterminds behind the brand, Swede Jens Grede put it, "We produce our denim here because the best people in denim live in Los Angeles." Touche. Inspired by Europe in the 1970's, the brand has since become a favorite for off-duty models and token cool girls. If you're going to get one pair, make it the Le Skinny de Jeanne, which made the brand what it is today.
Shop My Pick | Frame Denim Le High Skinny
Founder Paige Adams-Geller, former fit model, launched her namesake brand in 2004 and is an ultimate #girlboss, i.e. she is the industry's ONLY female founder. The brand's commitment to their craft is what makes them a winner in our book; only pairing with the best wash-houses in Los Angeles and testing, testing and more testing until the perfect pair is created. If you're after a comfortable, stylish, butt-flattering pair of denim, look no further than Paige.
Shop My Pick | Transcend Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny
My Australian husband had absolutely no trouble immersing himself in American culture when we moved here, cowboy boots and all. One thing that has stolen his heart since being here (other than craft beer) is quality American denim. Baldwin is no exception.
Noticing the deficit in the industry for quality American-made denim, designer Matt Baldwin founded the company in 2009. Their jeans are modern and sophisticated while sticking to American denim's origin of heritage and craftsmanship. It's that classic American style my husband loves, but with a super cool update. Made with selvedge denim from Japan and the USA, Baldwin denim does need a little extra care but the fit and construction of the jeans make it oh, so worth it.
Shop My Pick | Maxwell Crop Flare Jeans
Imogene + Willie
One of the coolest start-up stories ever, Imogene + Willie was created by husband-and-wife duo Carrie and Matt Eddmenson after Carrie's family denim business, in which they both worked at, closed their doors after years of operation. With the goal of creating quality denim for men and women that were made in the USA, the brand was started on a January night in 2009 with an online campaign that was sent out to all their friends and family. They hoped to sell 250 pairs of jeans in their 2 inaugural fits. Weeks later, all the jeans were sold with orders coming in from around the country. Only months later, they set up shop in an old service station in Nashville, TN. I was lucky enough to visit that flagship shop and seriously, their place is all kind of goals. Note: The jeans themselves are incredibly raw and stiff and made of selvedge denim so they are meant to be worn a lot, but washed seldomly.
Shop My Pick | Lottie Kennedy
J Brand is a California-based company that makes jeans that fit like a freakin' glove. Their goal since their launch in 2004 was to create simple, timeless jeans that are stylish yet comfortable, with a huge emphasis on fit. And they kinda brought the skinny jean into our lives, being the first American-made denim brand to drive the trend globally. So, you owe them. They also post their code of conduct regarding employment and environmental impact on their website, which is a responsible move that warrants a thumbs up in our book.
Shop My Pick | Maria High Rise Photo Ready Jeans
Super-soft, bum-flattering and a little bit insulting, Mother was founded in 2010 by designer Tim Kaeding and Lela Becker. This made-in-L.A. brand is unique for its edge while still offering washes and fits that appeal to all sorts of women. Plus, they are comfy enough to wear on say, a 16 hour flight to Sydney (been there, done that). Not to mention, the name of their fits and washes are sassy and full of innuendos. A brand that makes you feel great and makes you laugh? Tick and tick.
Shop My Pick | Looker Ankle Fray