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 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 has a comprehensive range of denim, including slim, regular, straight and athletic cuts as well as an array of colours to choose from.
The Slim Fit Jean $68
Before starting his own label, Todd Snyder was a key designer at the liked of Ralph Lauren, The GAP and Marc Jacobs. The experiences at these powerhouse firms gave him the confidence and ability to start his own label which has become a powerhouse in its own right. After scouring their website, we found this review that perfectly addresses all of our concerns when buying jeans, “These may be my favourite 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.”
Selvedge Stretch Japanese Jeans $198
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 perfectly combines quality and price to ensure you’re getting high quality jeans without having to pay ridiculous prices. Available in a smaller range of colours and styles, AG doesn’t have a comprehensive range, but what they do offer is superb quality and value.
Tellis Jeans $224
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.
Slim Fit Jean Conrad Wash $309
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.
Razor Slim Fit Jeans $279
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 Standard Jean Raw Indigo $249
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.