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 jeans right here in the USA. Check out our full list below.
Full List of Jeans Brands Made in the USA
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 good reviews from its customers. 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 – a 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!
Raleigh Denim Workshop, much like other boutique denim brands, started from very humble beginnings. Founders Sarah and Victor (based in Raleigh, NC) started by making every pair of jeans themselves, then as the business scaled, they kept that human element in every pair of jeans they create. They actually sign the inside pocket of every pair!
Tellason has several different styles of men’s jeans, all of which are made to be really high quality from Cone Mills denim. 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 burst through). 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).”
Shockoe Atelier is handmaking incredible jeans out of their factory in downtown Richmond, Virginia. They use denim from Mount Vernon Mills in Georgia and Vidalia Mills in Louisiana for most of their popular jean styles. They also offer free lifetime repairs for rips and tears.
Ginew is a Native American owned and operated business based in Oregon that has a few great pairs of jeans. They source denim from Vidalia Mills for a lot of styles, and everything is handmade. They also partner with a lot of other Native businesses and independent artisans for a truly unique look to a lot of their apparel.
Atlas 46 is making work jeans made with super flexible and durable A-Flex denim. They are handcrafted in the USA, although their denim is imported. They are designed to fit well, have deep front pockets, and have a reinforced triple-stitch inseam. The aim is to be comfortable on the job site with a pair of these jeans.
Round House Jeans has been producing 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! Their goal is to produce some really tough and comfortable work jeans. They also sell overalls – they have denim and duck cloth varieties in a lot of different styles.
Bullet Blues makes designer jeans for both men and women that are made to just plain fit as well as be stylish, comfortable, and durable. The men’s collection includes options for skinny jeans, boot cut, and a relaxed fit. The women’s collection has a lot of variety as well. Bullet Blues is committed to quality – they don’t cut corners, which is 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.
Dearborn Denim aims to make 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 made to be super comfortable. All of their jeans are cut and sewn at their facility in Chicago, Illinois with 100% U.S. materials.
The Diamond Gusset Jean Co. has been making jeans in the USA since 1987. They have styles for both men and women that are manufactured to offer good durability and comfort. Most of their jeans have a slightly higher rise that sits up on the waist.
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.
Left Field NYC was started in 1998 and has grown to be a staple for specialty American-made denim, produced in New York. “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.
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. Their Delta 68 denim jeans are made to be super tough and comfortable with some flexibility to them as well. There can be long shipping times for Origin jeans.
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 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.”
Texas Jeans is all about no-fuss denim – they make rugged jeans for the American working man that are crafted so that you can count on them 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. Texas Jeans aims to create a reliable, comfortable pair of jeans that you can wear every day. All of their jeans are made from American cotton and woven at Mt. Vernon Mills. Also, be sure to check out all the other products made in North Carolina.
The Rising Sun Mfg Co. uses classic sewing techniques and an intensive, detail-oriented research process to try and set their jeans apart from the field. They started in 2004 and have been producing high-quality jeans ever since. Their Blacksmith jean is a mid-rise style that is designed to be super comfortable and have a pretty unique look to them.
Williamsburg Garment Company makes great jeans from raw Cone Denim White Oak fabric for men and women. They have a few styles and colors to choose from, and they also offer hemming and tapering if you need some alterations.
Noend Denim makes classic denim jeans for women that will last you for decades to come. They also offer jumpsuits, overalls, and other women’s clothing and accessories that you should check out.
Benchmark FR has a couple of good jean options, and what makes them unique is that all their clothing is flame-resistant. So, if you need some tough workwear, definitely check out their denim.
WiesMade is a premium denim manufacturer that has a 100% American supply chain from farm to final production. They use tough 14oz selvedge denim for all their jeans, and have a few styles to choose from.
Freenote Cloth makes high-end jeans, although these use some Japanese denim in a few of their styles. We wanted to add them here, though, since they assemble and stitch everything in the USA, and source some materials domestically.
LC King is a great clothing manufacturer based in Bristol, Tennessee, that makes durable workwear. Check out their Heritage series jeans, which are made domestically and built to last.
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How to Find American Made Jeans
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeans Not Made in the USA
Here are some popular jean brands that aren’t made here. We’ll keep updating this list as we do more research on other notable brands.
- Levi’s – Made in several different countries now.
- Wrangler – Made overseas.
- Dickies – Now made in Mexico, Cambodia, China, and other countries.
- American Apparel – Mostly made in Honduras and Nicaragua.
- American Eagle – Outsourced to several countries.
- True Religion – Primarily manufactured in Mexico and China.