Having taken our denim wearing hours down by at least 50% over the Summer, the slow exit of warm weather has us thinking, once again, about our ever-reliable blues. In another USA-focused buyer’s guide, we sought out the best selvedge jeans built in America for every preference. From Baldwin to J.Crew and Noble to RPMWest, find your new favorite in our top 10.
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Noble’s exceptional jersey products have been on our radar for some time, but their mainstay is clean, no-nonsense denim. The Truman regular takes 13.75-oz Cone Mills White Oak denim and creates a mid-rise cut in a deep indigo. Spot on. ($250)
Perhaps not one for the purists out there, Parke NY add a little stretch technology to this pair, making them a clever option for those who need more movement in their denim. ($195)
J.Crew’s label Wallace & Barnes take that trusty Cone Denim from North Carolina and create a cut that’s slim but certainly not skinny with a button fly and minimum branding. ($320)
Williamsburg Garment Co. should appeal to those with an eye on budget. At under $150, this affordable Cone Mills 10.5-oz sanforized option offers a mid-weight jean with extra patriotism provided by the USA flag print pockets. We road tested early runs and were pleased with the results. ($148)
LA-based Dyer & Jenkins, from the Kickstarter school, step forward with this traditional (roomier) fit at 13.05-oz with all the bells and whistles you’d expect, from chain-stitched hems to heavy canvas pocket bags. ($125)
The macho titled Hammer in raw 13.05-oz, handmade, comes in a limited run of just 270. Their maker, Kortney Hastin, was inspired by his grandfather’s dedication to denim. ($250)
14-oz black-line Kurabo selvedge, exclusive to Baldwin, in this straight-leg, medium-low rise we’d describe as standard. Again, minimal detail on this, just as we like it. ($220)
Roy Slaper knows his way around a pair of jeans. Self Edge describe these as “his best fitting jean yet.” A Straight, relatively slim fit, in unsanforized 14.5- oz — you’ve guessed it, Cone Mills — these are rigid and perfect for those looking for future patina vibes. Worth it just for that perfect patch. ($345)
RPMWEST – New Classic
3Sixteen, another reliable brand doing it on home turf. Raw yet soft, these Kuroki Mills 14.05-oz promise to break in quick, with the fit based off the 1947 501 and a heavyweight patch from the folks at Tanner Goods. We’re sold. ($220)