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A Guide To The Best Jeans Brands For The Perfect Fit

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.

Everlane

Everlane is an ethical clothing manufacturer who make a particularly good pair of jeans. They hand-select all of the materials and manufacturers for each of their specific products to ensure they not only meet quality standards but also their stringent ethical and environmental standards. Not only are they transparent about their manufacturing processes but they also open up about their pricing structure, which demonstrates how they take lower markups to make the jeans more affordable.

Everlane The Slim Fit Jean
The Slim Fit Jean $68

Todd Snyder

“These may be my favorite pair of jeans ever… great denim weight and wash, slim fit but not uncomfortable. I have only worn this pair since they arrived. I will be getting another pair.”

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Selvedge Stretch Japanese Jeans $198

AG 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.

Ag Jeans Tellis Jeans
Tellis Jeans $224

Rag & Bone

Made in the USA with imported materials, Rag & Bone is a brand worn by Mr. Barak Obama.

Rag & Bone Slim Fit Jeans
Slim Fit Jeans $441

G-Star

G-Star was born in the Netherlands and quickly took the world by storm. Their no fuss and built tough raw denim has long been a favourite for celebrities, models and rockers. Best of all it’s very well priced.

3301 Straight Leg Jeans $150

Nudie Jeans

The ethos of Swedish brand Nudie Jeans is all about telling a story. A pair of Nudies will take on a character of its own through repeated thrashing, unique to the lifestyle and behaviour of the guy wearing them.

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Nudie Steady Eddie II Jeans Price: $210

Bonobos

Bonobos are the guys who set out to create the world’s best pair of pants. Along the way they also created some amazing denim.

Bonobos Premium Stretch Jeans
Premium Stretch Jeans $148

Outterknown

“I own a lot of clothing from Outerknown and this is yet another in a long list of winners. Well made, great fit and most important sustainably sources. Outerknown’s denim source has a great story. Can’t go wrong with anything from this company.”

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Drifter Tapered Fit Jeans Price: $148

Levi's

Levi’s were responsible for the explosion of blue jeans in every corner of America during the 20th century, with distinctive branding that’s instantly recognisable to those of us who have been to the shops at some point during the millennium.

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514™ Straight Fit Jeans Price: $49

Acne

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.

Acne Studios Classic Fit Jeans Used
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 Fit Jean Conrad Wash
Slim Fit Jean Conrad Wash $309

Denham

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.

Denham Razor Slim Fit Jeans
Razor Slim Fit Jeans $279

A.P.C.

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.

A.P.C. Petit Standard Jean Raw Indigo
Petit Standard Jean Raw Indigo $249

PRPS

Established in 2002, PRPS single handedly started the rise of the Japanese luxury denim jeans business in America. The brand revolutionised washed & selvedge jeans, through constant research and development.

PRPS Windsor Skinny Fit Jeans
Windsor Skinny Fit Jeans $255

OrSlow

Orslow aren’t keen on the fast fashion game. Tucked away from denim-centric Tokyo in the Hyogo Prefecture, their mission statement is to invest in the garment construction process in a slower, more considered manner that respects the heritage of workwear.

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105 Standard Jean $295

DSquared

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.

Dsquared2 Distressed Cool Guy Jeans
Distressed Cool Guy Jeans $792

John Elliot

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.

John Elliott The Cast 2 Jean Ronin Wash
The Cast 2 Terrace Jeans $769

Edwin

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.

Edwin ED-55 Regular Tapered Jean Unwashed
ED-55 Regular Tapered Jean Unwashed $219

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