The Best Jeans on the Planet

The Best Jeans on the Planet

Japanese selvage denim is like the holy grail of the jean world. It’s made on shuttle looms from high-grade cotton and, while the wearing-in process takes real dedication (at first they feel like a suit of armor), they look great after you’ve lived in them for a while. What’s so interesting about the whole cottage industry is that, while the blue jean was born in the U.S., it’s Japan’s obsession with Americana, especially heritage workwear, and hand-worked techniques that make the country king of the most sought-after selvage jeans. Curators of denim in the states go nuts for the stuff in a way that puts their own local options to shame.