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From Cheap to Boutique: Where to Buy Denim in LA

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Jeans aren't just a casual Friday option in LA. They're a wear-every-day wardrobe basic. Credit the city's laid-back aesthetic and our status as the denim capital of the US. A ton of ultra-successful jeans brands have been born and nurtured in LA, including J Brand, 7 for All Mankind, Paige, Joe's and Current/Elliott.

Our denim-focused attitude means that there are tons of places to buy jeans in LA, from big department stores and chains to single-brand boutiques to indie shops to by-appointment ateliers that offer made-to-measure, bespoke pairs. After the jump, we've rounded up 15 options from cheap to, well, whatever the going rate is for limited-edition Japanese selvedge these days. As always, let us know if we've missed your favorites in the comments.


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American Rag Cie

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This one-stop shop has an incredible denim bar stocked with the newest men's and women's pairs from James, Nudie, Levi's, Svensson and more. The yummy cafe in the adjacent home goods store is just an added bonus.

Paige Premium Denim

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LA resident and denim designer Paige Adams-Geller keeps a close eye on trends. You'll find printed styles as well as coated options at her Robertson boutique, but somehow, her line never feels too slavishly of-the-moment. Geller used to be a fit model, and knows how to make jeans ultra-flattering.

J Brand Factory Outlet

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The coveted jeans purveyor has an outlet downtown where you'll find all manner of styles for 40 to 85% off retail.

rag & bone

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Rag & Bone's ultra-skinny jeans, available in a variety of colors and washes, rival the brand's footwear in terms of popularity. For spring, they're offering looser boyfriend styles in traditional blue hues.

Self Edge

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Self Edge specializes in premium Japanese brands, and only super-strict denim nerds need apply. They offer completely raw men's denim for about $300 to $400 per pair.

Madewell

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Madewell is focused on denim, stocking an array of styles from "rail straight" to skinny to boyfriend that are competitively priced at under or right around $100 apiece.

Rising Sun & Co.

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Manufactured at an old-timey HQ in Eagle Rock, Rising Sun ascribes to capture the manly aesthetic and quality level of the "golden age of denim"—the '20s and '30s.

Nudie House

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This is the home base for the Swedish brand, and offers men's and women's denim as well as tees and khakis.

Urban Outfitters

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If you're in search of a true bargain, Urban's BDG brand has you covered with skinnies that retail for just $54. Other brands, like Tripp NYC and Silence & Noise, are also represented.

den.m  bar

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An atelier located in DTLA, den.m bar will take your measurements then craft a pair of jeans from raw fabric sourced either stateside or from Japan and Italy.

Fred Segal

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As the story goes, Fred Segal was the originator of the "denim bar." The shopping complex remains a go-to for its breadth of brands.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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The department store has just opened D-Bar, a new man cave outfitted with a pool table, cocktails, street art by Karl Clay, a neon light installation and a John Allans hair salon. Denim offerings include styles by AG, Hudson, J Brand, Joe's and Rag & Bone, as well as lots of exclusives.

Joe's Jeans

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The celeb-loved, LA-based label built its brand on denim, but its evolved into a lifestyle shop offering everything from coats to bags.

Citizens of Humanity Showroom

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Citizens of Humanity opened this pop-up shop/showroom two months ago and it's chock-full of both Citizens apparel and curated products from their favorite brands. The space is by-appointment only; call 310-432-4540 to reserve a time.

General Quarters

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One of the few retailers in the area that carries LA brand Rogue Territory. The selection here is sparse, but extremely well-edited.

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American Rag Cie

This one-stop shop has an incredible denim bar stocked with the newest men's and women's pairs from James, Nudie, Levi's, Svensson and more. The yummy cafe in the adjacent home goods store is just an added bonus.

Paige Premium Denim

LA resident and denim designer Paige Adams-Geller keeps a close eye on trends. You'll find printed styles as well as coated options at her Robertson boutique, but somehow, her line never feels too slavishly of-the-moment. Geller used to be a fit model, and knows how to make jeans ultra-flattering.

J Brand Factory Outlet

The coveted jeans purveyor has an outlet downtown where you'll find all manner of styles for 40 to 85% off retail.

rag & bone

Rag & Bone's ultra-skinny jeans, available in a variety of colors and washes, rival the brand's footwear in terms of popularity. For spring, they're offering looser boyfriend styles in traditional blue hues.

Self Edge

Self Edge specializes in premium Japanese brands, and only super-strict denim nerds need apply. They offer completely raw men's denim for about $300 to $400 per pair.

Madewell

Madewell is focused on denim, stocking an array of styles from "rail straight" to skinny to boyfriend that are competitively priced at under or right around $100 apiece.

Rising Sun & Co.

Manufactured at an old-timey HQ in Eagle Rock, Rising Sun ascribes to capture the manly aesthetic and quality level of the "golden age of denim"—the '20s and '30s.

Nudie House

This is the home base for the Swedish brand, and offers men's and women's denim as well as tees and khakis.

Urban Outfitters

If you're in search of a true bargain, Urban's BDG brand has you covered with skinnies that retail for just $54. Other brands, like Tripp NYC and Silence & Noise, are also represented.

den.m  bar

An atelier located in DTLA, den.m bar will take your measurements then craft a pair of jeans from raw fabric sourced either stateside or from Japan and Italy.

Fred Segal

As the story goes, Fred Segal was the originator of the "denim bar." The shopping complex remains a go-to for its breadth of brands.

Saks Fifth Avenue

The department store has just opened D-Bar, a new man cave outfitted with a pool table, cocktails, street art by Karl Clay, a neon light installation and a John Allans hair salon. Denim offerings include styles by AG, Hudson, J Brand, Joe's and Rag & Bone, as well as lots of exclusives.

Joe's Jeans

The celeb-loved, LA-based label built its brand on denim, but its evolved into a lifestyle shop offering everything from coats to bags.

Citizens of Humanity Showroom

Citizens of Humanity opened this pop-up shop/showroom two months ago and it's chock-full of both Citizens apparel and curated products from their favorite brands. The space is by-appointment only; call 310-432-4540 to reserve a time.

General Quarters

One of the few retailers in the area that carries LA brand Rogue Territory. The selection here is sparse, but extremely well-edited.