Jeans are a staple of every closet around America, and there is so much to consider when buying each pair! There are dozens of styles, colors, and fits that are different from brand to brand. We did the research to find the manufacturers that are making the best jeans right here in the USA. Check out our top recommendations below, with in-depth analysis, our favorite styles from each one, and the factors we considered in our research and testing.
There are a ton of jean manufacturers in America. In order to sort through all of them and truly find the best ones, we had a strict set of evaluation criteria that included: materials, fit, construction, style, and value. After our thorough research, we landed on 15 brands. At the end of the day, everyone has a different fit and style that they need, so we did our best to highlight the best in class for a variety of styles.
|Best American Made Jeans||Who It’s For|
|Freenote Cloth Jeans||Men|
|Imogene + Willie||All|
|Jean Shop NYC||All|
|Left Field NYC||Men|
|Raleigh Denim Workshop||All|
|Stovall & Young||Men|
|The Rising Sun Mfg Co.||Men|
Recommendations: Going Deeper
Check out additional information around each of our top picks, along with our favorite styles from each one.
American Giant is a newcomer on the scene of American made denim, but has entered with a bang. Their 218 Straight Denim style is getting rave reviews from us and others. They get their denim from Mount Vernon Mills, a centuries old factory in Trion, Georgia, and assemble all their jeans in Los Angeles. The Dakota Straight style comes in one cut and one wash – simple and classic style.
Dakota Straight Denim – For Men
Bluer Denim has risen on the scene to be one of the best options for American made denim. They are 100% made in the U.S.A. and Bluer Denim donates a pair of jeans for every single one that is purchased. Bluer Denim is also really transparent about their process. Jeans are designed in Portland, OR, they feature Georgia grown cotton, denim is milled at Cone Mills White Oak facility in North Carolina, and buttons/rivets/zippers are made in Kentucky. They have one of the highest standards for quality, and their products reflect that.
M10S Classic Straight Selvage Raw Indigo – For Men
W20 Slim Skinny High Rise Soul Mate Rinse – For Women
Bullet Blues makes designer jeans for both men and women that just plain fit – they are stylish, comfortable, and durable. The men’s collection includes options for skinny jeans, boot cut, and relaxed fit. The women’s collection has a lot of variety as well. What makes Bullet Blues stand out is their dedication to quality – they don’t cut corners, which makes their denim some of the best on the market and something that their customers love about them. “A true pair of denim simply has to be made in America,” says Isabelle Benoit, owner and designer at Bullet Blues.
Rebel Indigo Tapered Jean – For Men
Fox Azur Dark Wash Skinny Jeans – For Women
Dearborn Denim makes some of the most comfortable jeans in America. Their denim has a slight stretch to it, and when that is combined with some long staple West Texas cotton, you get a pairing that is unbeatable for comfort. All of their jeans are cut and sewn at their facility in Chicago, Illinois with 100% U.S. materials.
Tailored Fit Dark Wash – For Men
Skinny High Rise Dark Wash – For Women
Freenote Cloth Jeans
Founded by two brothers, Freenote is a men’s fashion company that has an obsessive approach to craftsmanship, which pays off in the quality of their denim. That approach to quality is largely why they choose to keep operations close to their chest in California. “We choose to manufacturer in the U.S. so we can be close to the process. Hands on through every step of the way,” says Andrew Brodrick, one of the founders of Freenote. “I think our customers appreciate we are there from start to finish on every garment we produce.” They believe that the equipment used to make the jeans is equally important as the materials, which results in a great recipe for quality jeans.
Rios Slim Straight – For Men
Imogene + Willie
The Imogene + Willie founders struggled to find jeans that fit them well, so they set out to create the perfect fitting jean themselves. They set up shop in Nashville in 2009 and have been off to the races every since. They have several different styles and fits for men and women: skinny, straight, slim, indigo, high rise, black, and much more. Check out a couple of our favorites below.
Willie Rigid – For Men
Josette Kennedy – For Women
Jean Shop NYC
Once described as “the Cristal of the denim world,” the Jean Shop in New York City is the cream of the crop of boutique jean shops. Even though they have a small physical shop, you can order their jeans from anywhere on their website. All of their jeans are named after famous rockers. Unfortunately, none of their women’s jeans are made in the U.S.
Rocker Deep Indigo – For Men
Left Field NYC
Left Field NYC was started in 1998 and has grown to be a staple for specialty American made denim, produced in New York (obviously). “For me, it’s not authentic if it’s not made in USA and our image reflects American culture, so there’s no other legitimate way to do it,” says Christian McCann, founder at Left Field. They also love to incorporate a bit of American history into the inspiration for their jeans, focused on the hard working coal miner, since Christian is from PA where some of the best coal in the world is mined. It’s everywhere, from a coal miner’s bandanna printed on each pocket, to the leather label art and buttons on the jeans. “These are the things that our customers appreciate: top quality American manufacturing, using the best denims available and American made copper burrs, rivets and buttons,” says McCann. They have styles in black and indigo, most with a bit of a slim (but not skinny) rocker fit. We love the Cone Mills Chelsea Jean (see below), which are great for everyday wear.
Cone Mills Chelsea Jean – For Men
Raleigh Denim Workshop
Raleigh Denim Workshop, much like other boutique denim brands, started from very humble beginnings, which powers their grit and commitment to quality in their jeans. Founders Sarah and Victor (based in Raleigh, NC) started by making every pair of jeans themselves, then as business scaled, they have kept that human element in every pair of jeans they create. They actually sign the inside pocket of every pair! Their designs are some of the best fitting jeans on the market.
Jones: Selvage Raw Static – For Men
Surry: Raw – For Women
Stovall & Young
Stovall & Young is a small denim shop with only 5 styles of men’s jeans. They have a strong dedication to quality American manufacturing – all of their jeans are crafted in San Fransisco, home of one of the most iconic denim brands in the world – Levi’s. Their denim is woven in the famous White Oak Cone Denim factory in Greensboro, North Carolina. We spoke with Sean Young, one of the founders, who told a passionate, amazing story about how they started manufacturing in the U.S., largely by happenstance – and they are sure glad they did. They actually started out manufacturing in China, India, and Mexico, only to learn that it was simply too complicated and too far. That’s when Sean began looking at factories in San Francisco – “I bugged the [you know what] out of a factory owner in SF until she let me roam the floors of the factory daily like I was a worker, unpaid that is, and see and feel every single aspect from rivets to cutting patterns, to sewing.” Speaking of the manufacturing process, “It’s [my] favorite part of the company,” says Young. He loves helping other new retail companies get started too, sharing his experiences and consulting around the Bay Area.”I’m happy to be living in a country that makes [you know what] by hand. And yes, my grandpa George is smiling down on me and my jeans and my dad loves his S&Y’s…he wears them proudly for his son and country.”
The Martin Copper – For Men
Tellason has several different styles of men’s jeans, all of which are really high quality. The guys behind Tellason put a lot of focus on the little things (like lining the back pockets with the same material as the front so your wallet doesn’t bust through), which sets them apart from the competition. According to one of Tellason’s founders, Pete Searson, they love being in the home of denim in San Francisco, “where denim culture was born,” says Searson. “We are driven to support our local economy and this is one way to do it while staying true to our core desire to keep things where they belong (San Francisco).”
Ladbroke Grove Slim Tapered Selvedge Jeans – For Men
Texas Jeans is all about no-fuss denim – they make rugged jeans for the American working man that you can count on day in and day out. They can do custom inseams for most of their styles, which range from relaxed fit, to slim fit, and even flannel lined for those colder days. If you need a reliable, comfortable pair of jeans that you can wear every day – look no further than Texas Jeans. Funny enough, they are actually made in Asheboro, NC. Also be sure to check out all the other great products made in North Carolina.
Men’s Originals – For Men
The Rising Sun Mfg Co.
The Rising Sun Mfg Co. uses classic sewing techniques and an intensive, detail-oriented research process to set their jeans apart from the field. They started in 2004 in Los Angeles, CA and have been producing high quality jeans ever since. We really like their New Rocker jean, which is a nice mid-rise style that is super comfortable and even has a twill-lined back pocket.
New Rocker Jean – For Men
Recap: Best Jeans Made in the USA
- American Giant – Men
- Bluer Denim – Men and Women
- Bullet Blues – Men and Women
- Dearborn Denim – Men and Women
- Freenote Cloth Jeans – Men
- Imogene + Willie – Men and Women
- Jean Shop NYC – Men and Women
- Left Field NYC – Men
- Raleigh Denim Workshop – Men and Women
- Stovall & Young – Men
- Tellason – Men
- Texas Jeans – Men
- The Rising Sun Mfg Co. – Men
Factors We Considered
Obviously, fit is super important when it comes to any apparel, but jeans always seem to be super fickle. No two pairs, no matter what size they say on the tag, seem to fit the same. You want to make sure you find a pair that is comfortable, not too loose, and that you feel confident in. Make sure to check the sizing guides for any brand you want to buy jeans from, as fits differ among them.
We looked for jeans that are made of selvage denim, which essentially means that the fabric’s edge is used in its construction, which makes for a much more durable pair of jeans. In today’s tech-savvy factories, jeans can have a multitude of different materials in them besides cotton, including plastic, cashmere, and a ton of others. We looked for pure denim that doesn’t have a bunch of additives. Weight is also important – the heavier the denim the longer it will take to break in. We included a few different weight classes, since people have a variety of different preferences.
Construction and Durability
Not only should your jeans have the right materials, but the crafting process should be flawless. We eliminated several jean makers that cut corners during the construction process that can reduce the lifespan of the jeans. Most of the time, this has to do with the stitching, either not using the right sewing technique or the right heavy duty material.
Everyone has different style preferences, so we made sure to look for manufacturers that have at least a couple of styles that they do really well. Here are some of the most common styles we looked for in our research:
- Straight cut
- Boot cut
- Relaxed fit
We wanted to make sure you get the best jeans for the money. That’s why we eliminated any jean makers that we felt like didn’t have quality that lived up to their price tag. After all, we’re consumers too!