From cowboys to hippies, indie rockers to preppy jocks, jeans are that one fashion item that has transcended time, gender and many a fashion wardrobe. Which is why finding the best jeans brands for men is still oh-so important nowadays.
But the denim jeans’ openness to the masses doesn’t mean buying a pair comes naturally. Taking the time to understand the fit and fabric is imperative. After this, comes the brand – finding one that marries perfectly the fit and fabric aspects. Or, you could just get your jeans customised and made-to-measure.
Luckily, there’s a guide to the best jeans brands for men thoroughly researched and written for you.
Before you go diving into the best brands in denim, take a look at some denimspiration. Our selection of images should have your brain ticking on what’s cool and what’s fool when it comes to men’s jeans.
AG Jeans combine sophisticated, tailored denim and the unbeatable feel of worn-in jeans. Their denim is constructed from high grade fabric and expertly treated to achieve specific washes that emulate natural ageing. The innovative stretch retains the shape and ensures comfort.
Tellis Slim-Fit Distressed Stretch-Denim Jeans Price: $461 | Free Shipping
We’ll give you a break from Japanese labels for a minute. Acne Studios started off as an informal venture in late 90’s Stockholm. The designer, a pretty charitable bloke by the looks of it, created a hundred pairs of raw denim jeans and gifted them to his mates. Nowadays, denim constitutes a much smaller component of a wider effort across fashion and design.
Classic fit jeans used $400
RRL by Ralph Lauren
RRL is Ralph Lauren’s take on the history of the American West, an iconic period of American history upon which countless movies and ill-conceived costume parties were based. Named after ‘Double RL’, his holiday ranch in the American Northwest, RRL take sartorial hints from the American Old West, without making you look like John Wayne in The Alamo.
RRL Slim Narrow Wash Jeans $245
DENHAM the Jeanmaker was founded in Amsterdam in 2008 by Jason Denham, an English jeanmaker who’s obsessed with creating premium quality denim. The brand has since expanded to offer a full range of collections for men and women including outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories.
Bolt Skinny Fit Jeans $298
Parisian brand APC (Atelier de Production et de Creation, we’ll let you use Google Translate) opened for business in 1987 and have turned out a whopping forty collections since. They continue to use premium Japanese selvedge – which, if you haven’t heard, doesn’t fray or collapse due to its unique finishing process that keeps everything right where it should be.
Petit New Standard Skinny-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans $280
For almost a decade, Jean Shop has been a well-kept secret, known to denim connoisseurs for its quality blue jeans and Japanese selvedge denim. Superior workmanship runs throughout the collection, which includes outerwear, shirts and accessories.
Mick Slim-Fit Selvedge Stretch-Denim Jeans $340
It’s easy to forget that there are other denim manufacturers that don’t live in Europe or Japan. Operated by identical twins, DSquared2 proclaim an international focus with their slogan ‘Born in Canada, living in London, Made in Italty’. DSquared2 aren’t by any means understated or modest.
Lightly Distressed Skinny Jeans $581
Born in 2012, John Elliot by Mr. John Elliot has become the go to denim brand for the likes of Kayne West, LeBron James and Justin Bieber. Probably the hottest denim brand on the planet right now.
The Cast 2 Terrace Jeans $478
Edwin are long-time denim kingpins, being in the business since ’47. Hailing from the denim mecca Tokyo, Edwin’s consistency is applauded for surviving the turbulent peaks and troughs of fashion across the decades.
E Modern Skinny Jeans $169
Tokyo-based Visvim continue the Japanese fascination with heritage, workwear, and five-star craftsmanship. Owner and artisan-in-chief Hiroki Nakamura maintains a fierce dedication to vintage kit, and Visvim was the natural extension of his appreciation for clothes that will carry through the decades, absorbing the traits of the wearer.
Visvim Social Sculpture Jeans $875
Originating in post-war Paris, Balmain have been making their way up the competitive ladder of high fashion since 1945. Looking at their denim, their biker jeans won’t look out of place with a button-down or a plain tee. Easy to incorporate within an existing wardrobe, without looking like you just left Paris Fashion Week.
The denim brand of rockstars and ballers. AMIRI is the namesake label inspired by the California rock ‘n’ roll culture that defined his youth. Their destroyed denim and accessories features premium materials and meticulous deconstruction.