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American jeans used to mean Levi, Wrangler, and Lee, to name a few. Today, Levi jeans are made overseas. Wrangler and Lee brands are owned by VF Corp., which also owns Chic Jeans, Riders, and Rustler brands. VF Corp. has manufacturing plants located in the United States , as well as other parts of the world. So, while it MAY be possible to find a pair of Wrangler or Lee jeans made in USA , it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Likewise, jeans made for LLBean, Landsend, and the GAP are imported.

Luckily, there are a surprising number of American-made jean options available. The following summary table is my crack at a definitive (almost) listing of jeans still made in USA. I have divided the brands into two categories: traditional "serious" jeans and up-scale luxury jeans. Admittedly, my groupings are somewhat arbitrary, but jeans that cost over $100 a pair (and some up to $200 a pair) cry out for special treatment!

There is a confusing array of these luxury jeans, featuring hand sanding, grinding, and "destroyed effects" (i.e., the price includes having someone wear them out for you!). I did not find much to distinguish among these luxury, couture jeans; all that I list appear to be made in USA from imported (primarily stretch) denim. One stand-out is Truck Jeans, a brand of teen jeans made in USA from imported denim, offering blasted and "destroyed" effects for under $50. The label in my Truck Jeans says "Made with American hands in the USA ." How cool is that?

Here's an interesting article on the realities of jean manufacturing in the U.S.-- Apparel industry no longer a good fit in El Paso (San Antonia Express-News , October 15, 2005)

Not Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ)
Petite Not Your Daughters Jeans Straight Leg

 

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Diamond Gusset Jeans made in USA

 

(Prices verified 09/22/07)

Brand Where Made Denim Source Sizes Price Range Comments
All American Clothing USA USA Mens, Womens $34 - 40 Union-made, no rivets, regular and carpenter;
American-made gusset jeans in regular and carpenter
Buddy's Jeans USA (MS) USA Mens, Womens, Kids $30 - 40 (Kids $25 - 35) Regular and blasted denim
Carhartt USA and imported   Mens $35 - 39 This site carries only the USA-made Carhartt styles (e.g., relaxed fit B170, B177)
Certified Jean USA (WA) USA Mens, Womens $74 - 88 Organic cotton grown, milled, and sewn in USA
Diamond Gusset USA (AL) USA Mens, Womens, Kids Husky $40 - 45 (Kids $34) Gusset insert in crotch seam, regular and carpenter, plus black and tan. Custom size ordering available.
Longhorn Jeans USA USA Men's, Women's

$50

men's and women's Western-style jeans, made with riding in mind. Heavier 15 oz. denim, mid-rise, relaxed fit, boot cut. Women's has a smidge of spandex.
Pointer Brand USA (TN)   Mens, Womens, Kids

$30 - 34 (Kids $20)

regular, carpenter, and overalls, plus hickory (railroad) stripe
Round House Brand USA (OK)   Mens, Kids

$30 - 40 (Kids $20)

overalls of denim, stone wash, hickory (railroad) stripe, brown duck, camouflage, and painter
Schaefer USA (TX)   Mens, Womens $40 - 50 Western "ranch dungarees"
Texas Jeans USA USA Mens, including Big Men $36 - 56 Denim, Brushed Denim, Washed Colors, Carpenter
Todd Shelton USA USA Mens $99 - 109 Standard and relaxed fit, washed or dark rinse, some hand sanded
Union Line/GrayBear

USA (IL)

  Mens $35 - 39 Union-made, no rivets

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Jeans that Fit Your Curves

Truck Jeans from Alloy
Alloy.com

Brand Where Made Denim Source Sizes Price Range Comments
Truck Jeans from Alloy USA ? Juniors $36 - 45 Low-rise fashion jeans for teens; flares, blasted, and destroyed
Brilliant You Denim USA USA Womens $59 skinny, low-rise jeans with stretch inserts at waist and hips, and optional zip extensions (slim and bootcut) in colorful patterns.
Joes Jeans USA Imported Womens $158 - 174 cotton and stretch denims
Not Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ), available from NorthStyle USA  ? Women's  $98 - 128
Stretch denim jeans designed to support and slim, low and mid-rise, in skinny, boot-cut, and wider leg openings
Rufskin USA (CA) ? Mens $105 Low-cut mens jeans
Todd Shelton USA USA Mens $99 - 109 Standard and relaxed fit, washed or dark rinse, some hand sanded
Agave Denimsmith from Nordstrom USA (CA) Imported (Japan) Mens $155 Hand-sanded effects
True Religion USA USA and imported Mens, Womens, Kids $150 - 262 (Kids $106 - 128) Destroyed effects
Juicy Couture from Neiman Marcus USA ? Mens, Womens $158 - 240 Embroidery and studded back pockets

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Available from Playhouse Clothing , Nordstrom , Shopbop (Shop by Brand)
Various fits, washes, and fabrics, including low-rise stretch jeans...

Brand Where Made Denim Source Sizes Price Range
7 For All Mankind USA (some from Mexico) Imported Mens, Womens, Girls $119 - 218 (Girls $110 - 132)
Citizens of Humanity USA Imported Mens, Womens $129 - 225
Blue Cult USA Imported Mens, Womens $150 - 187
Salt Works USA Imported Mens, Womens $120 - 176
Chip & Pepper USA Imported Mens, Womens $132 - 295
Earnest Sewn USA USA and Italian Mens, Womens $175 - 202
AG Jeans USA Imported Mens, Womens $130 - 178
Rock & Republic USA Imported Womens $169 - 230
Mogg USA Imported Womens $144
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