Below are common Selvedge brands that you will come across. This is the definitive review of each brands with an eye towards quality as well as respecting the price point. We rate and rank them based on the quality with 5 stars being the benchmark for perfection and 0 being the worse. We also include price point for ease of comparison.
- 3Sixteen – 4.5 Stars
This is as close to being the perfect pair of jean we can find. Sure you can find better quality at much higher price point. But with a price point of $200, this is simply the best bang for the buck. This jean is slightly more expensive than other brands that we’ll discuss, but the quality makes up for it. The brand use high-quality 14.5 oz red line selvedge denim manufactured in Japan. Material is also pure indigo dyed (i.e. no sulfur), which produces a very desirable deep blue color that others can’t replicate.
The jean is very comfortable to wear. The look is also unique given its deep blue/color simplicity. It’s a clean-cut handsome look. If the price point was $20 lower, we would have assigned a perfect rating.
- Naked & Famous – 4.25 Stars
This is a great quality jean and it’s simply hard to go wrong with this one. The brand is known for its broken twills pattern. The deep indigo is one of the fast fading jeans we have seen. If this is important, then Naked & Famous would fit the bill. This Canadian brand jean fit is a little different than other. Its not super skinny tight but its not baggy either. Retail price point is $170.
The one negative is the fit. It’s a different style of skinny. To some people, however, this “looser” tight is actually a positive. Keep that in mind when you’re looking at this jean (i.e. size appropriately for the fit).
- Nudies – 3.5 Stars
This Swedish brand is becoming very trendy. This brand is becoming more popular, especially at colleges. This is not a bad jean at all but the price point ($175) is a bit high for the quality. The pocket pattern is a unique feature set that some people love and some people simply do not. This pocket stitching is really hit and miss. The price point and the pocket stitching are negatives to consider when thinking about buying this jean. However, this jean brand awareness is high right now. To some people, brand awareness is important.
- APC – 3 Stars
This is a well-regarded brand and is the most widely worn brand. APC was one of the first to offer selvedge jean at an affordable price point ($175). APC has a simple but classic look. The negative on the brand, however, is that it is easily torn and fade quickly. The stitching leaves much to be desired. Though we love the look, the quality is par to even sub-par. APC does not use Japanese denim.
- Unique Styling
We’re going to highlight two relatively less known selvedge brands that deserves a shout-out because of their unique styling.
Rogue Territory – This selvedge jean has a heightened Americana look that is cool looking when worn correctly (i.e. fit well). The price point is a bit pricey ($190)
Epaulet – This is a good, slightly less expensive (~$150) alternative other mentioned brand. It’s a minimalist look (no logo or contrast stitching).
- Cheaper Alternative
If you’re looking for inexpensive selvedge jean. We recommend two sub $100 Selvedge Jeans. You simply can’t go wrong at this price point. We highly recommend looking into Unbranded ($80) and GAP Selvedge ($90). The former is brought to you by Urban Outfitter and is a great fitting as well as great looking brand. The GAP jean has the signature GAP heritage look that some people like, with of course the added selvedge benefit.
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