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Jeans Made in the USA (And Our Top Picks)

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.

Our Findings

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 14 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. Make sure to watch our video below as well!

Top Recommendations

Best American Made Jeans Who It’s For
American Giant Men
Atlas 46 Men
Bullet Blues All
Dearborn Denim All
Diamond Gusset All
Imogene + Willie All
Left Field NYC Men
Origin Men
Raleigh Denim Workshop All
Round House Jeans All
Stovall & Young Men
Tellason Men
Texas Jeans 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

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.

We have an exclusive discount with American Giant too, so if you’re a first-time customer, use the code AAR at checkout for 20% off sitewide!

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Dakota Straight Denim – For Men

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Atlas 46

Atlas 46 is making some great work jeans made with super flexible and durable A-Flex denim. They are handcrafted in the USA and have a reinforced triple stitch inseam. They fit great and the front pockets have nice depth as well. You will definitely be comfortable on the job site with a pair of these jeans.

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Bunker Jeans – For Men

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Bullet Blues

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.

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Rebel Indigo Tapered Jean – For Men

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Fox Azur Dark Wash Skinny Jeans – For Women

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Dearborn Denim

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. Check out my Dearborn Denim Tailored Fit Vintage Wash Jeans review for my experience with one of their most popular styles.

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Tailored Fit Dark Wash – For Men

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Skinny High Rise Dark Wash – For Women

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Diamond Gusset

The Diamond Gusset Jean Co. has been making jeans in the USA since 1987. They have great styles for both men and women with really good durability and comfort. Most of their jeans have a slightly higher raise that sits up on the waist.

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Regular Fit Industrial Blue – For Men

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Defender Motorcycle Jean – For Women

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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.

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Willie Rigid – For Men

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Josette Kennedy – For Women

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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.

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Cone Mills Chelsea Jean – For Men

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Origin

Origin makes a wide variety of clothes, boots, and other durable goods, all made in the USA. Their jeans are grown and sewn in America from the foothills of Maine’s western mountains. We really like their Delta 68 denim jeans, super tough and comfortable with some nice flexibility to them as well. The only downside is long shipping times right now.

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Delta 68 Denim Jeans – For Men

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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.

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Jones: Selvage Raw Static – For Men

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Surry: Raw – For Women

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Round House Jeans

Round House Jeans has been producing some really high quality work jeans made in the USA for over 110 years. They set up a factory in Shawnee, Oklahoma in the late 1800s and never looked back – they are still located in the same town today! Like I said, they produce some really tough and comfortable work jeans – we like their Dark Stone Washed Carpenter Dungaree Jean in particular. Also be sure to check out their overalls – they have denim and duck cloth varieties in a lot of different styles.

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Dark Stone Washed Carpenter Dungaree Jean – For Men

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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.”

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The Martin Copper – For Men

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Tellason

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).”

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Ladbroke Grove Slim Tapered Selvedge Jeans – For Men

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Texas Jeans

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.

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Men’s Originals – For Men

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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 Blacksmith jean, which is a nice mid-rise style that is super comfortable and even has a pretty unique look to it.

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Blacksmith Jean – For Men

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YouTube Video: How to Find Jeans Made in the USA


How to Find Jeans Made in the USA

Everyone has a pair of jeans in their closet. Jeans are great casual wear that can elevate or dress down your look, depending on what you’re going for. You can find jeans of all qualities in the market nowadays. However, a good pair of jeans should last you years.

Products made in the USA tend to be made of better quality materials and craftsmanship, so if you’re looking for a pair of jeans that will last through wear and tear, finding jeans made in the USA is the way to go. But how do you even begin finding jeans made in the USA when most clothing production occurs abroad?

What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?

First, let’s define what it means for something to be “made in the USA.” The “made in the USA” label is protected by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and can only be used if the product is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. In other words, everything from the materials to the manufacturing must be sourced from and based in the USA. However, it is worth noting that the FTC does not do the best job policing the usage of the “made in the USA” label.

Check out our made in the USA guide if you want to learn more about the regulations.

Materials

To find jeans made in the USA, you’ll need to first look at the material used. Researching the raw material can help determine whether a particular product is made in the USA.
Denim comes from cotton, so let’s dig deeper into cotton production.

Cotton

Cotton is a soft natural fiber that is both comfortable and warm. Denim, in particular, is very durable as the weft goes under two or more warp threads. As a result, denim is a very popular material used for different types of clothing and is the primary material used for jeans.

China and India are the world’s leading cotton producers, but the United States does not rank too far behind in cotton production. The USA produces almost 4.5 million tons of this material, which is not insignificant.

All in all, US-made cotton, or denim, should not be too difficult to find.

Polyester

Some jeans are denim and polyester blends, as polyester helps makes the jeans stretchier.

China is the leading producer of the world’s polyester. However, it is still possible to find US-made polyester as the USA manufactures around 1.4 million tons of polyester yearly. In particular, the US companies Eastman Chemical Company and William Barnet & Son are world-renowned polyester producers.

Labeling

Once you have researched the materials, you should look at the product’s labeling to determine its origin.

When it comes to textiles, the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act helps us to determine whether or not a specific product is made in the USA. The act makes it a legal requirement for companies to be transparent about the fiber contents of their textile products – including jeans.

The act dictates what goes on your clothing tags, so you can see what your jeans are made of. For example, you’ll see on the label whether your jeans are made from 100% cotton or 80% cotton and 20% polyester. The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act also dictates that the country of origin for the product must be visible on the label.

In addition, Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US code states that all imported products must be labeled with the country of origin. In particular, the “made in the USA” label is protected by the FTC.

These two laws help make finding US-made products a much simpler process. But unfortunately, the FTC does not generally do the best job in policing the usage of the protected “made in the USA” label. As there is no pre-approval process, it is up to the individual companies to determine whether their product meets the requirements to use the label. And in the end, it is up to consumers to report products that falsely use the label.

In addition, you should pay attention to the particular vocabulary used in labels. For example, words like “manufactured” or “designed” may be used to infer that a product is made in the USA, but they mean only a part of the manufacturing process took place in the states. Similarly, phrases like “made in America” is often used by companies, but this label signifies that the product could have been made in Canada or Mexico.

Other Tips

Here are some additional tips to help you find jeans made in the USA

Don’t Be Fooled By the American Flag

Just because there is an American flag on the label does not necessarily mean that the product is made in the USA.

Check the Website

Checking the company’s website is an excellent way to find jeans made in the USA. Specifically, look at the “About Us” or “Our Story” page and the product pages. An American-made pair of jeans is a huge selling point, so the company will likely advertise this fact on its website.

Keep in mind, however, that companies are not required to properly label their products as they do with the physical product. So, if you can’t find anything that outrightly states that the product is made in the USA, it is best to assume that it is not.

Call the Company

If you’re still unsure where a pair of jeans is sourced and manufactured, just call the company. The customer service should be able to let you know where their jeans are made.

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