Denim has a rich history in the USA. Jeans have enjoyed over a century of popularity, becoming the staple of American fashion. But despite being an icon of Americana, less than 2% of jeans sold in America are made in USA.
Like most of the apparel industry, the production of denim jeans has largely been outsourced overseas. American jean companies have capitalized on the cheap labor costs associated with manufacturing in countries like China, Bangladesh and Cambodia. Factories in these countries are notorious for human rights violations, unsafe working environments, and child and slave labor conditions. Harsh dyes used to produce blue jeans have a devastating effect on the land and water of these countries which lack environmental regulations. Outsourcing also means a lack of quality control, resulting in jeans of inferior caliber.
There are many options for American made denim jeans. The higher price is a reflection of the labor, quality and materials utilized. Jeans made in USA are an investment in a piece of clothing that will last years. The options include casual jeans, which often costs between $40-100, and designer jeans, which retail for over $100. The following list includes all American made jeans. Note that some companies may use imported fabric. Most jeans made in USA use Cone Denim from the White Oak Mill in Greensboro, North Carolina. Brands are listed alphabetically, with designations for casual or designer, men, women or children, and specific place of manufacture when available. Please leave information about any additional American made denim jeans in a comment below.
Denim Jeans Made in USA
3sixteen – designer, men
7 For All Mankind – designer, men and women, made in Los Angeles
Agave Denim – designer, men and women made in California
All USA Clothing – casual, men and women
American Apparel – casual, men, women and kids, made in Los Angeles
Baldwin Denim – designer, men and women
Bullet Blues – designer, men and women
Citizens of Humanity – designer, men and women, made in California
David Kahn – designer, women
Diamond Gusset – casual, men and women
Duluth Trading Co. – casual, men
Imogene and Willie – designer , men and women, made in Nashville
J Brand – designer, men and women, made in Los Angeles
Joe’s Jeans – designer, men, women and kids, made in Los Angeles
Karen Kane – designer, women, made in Los Angeles
Lucky Brand – designer, men and women, only capsule collection
Paige Denim – designer, men and women
Pointer Brand – designer, men, made in Tennessee
Rag & Bone – designer, men and women
Raleigh -designer, men and women, made in North Carolina
Rouge Territory – designer, men, made in Los Angeles
Roundhouse – casual/work, men, made in Oklahoma
Tellason – designer, men, made in North Carolina
Texas Jeans – casual , men, women and children, made in North Carolina
Todd Shelton – designer, men, made in New York City
True Religion Brand Jeans – designer, made in Los Angeles
Do you have a favorite pair of made in USA jeans? Know of any other American made denim jeans? Please leave the information in a comment below!