Having broken into the raw denim game with your first pair of Unbranded or similar jeans, it can be nice to move up a bit in the world for your next raw denim project. In the gap between around $100.00 and $200.00 are a number of worthwhile options for your next raw canvas. Here are seven of our favorite options.
1. Railcar Fine Goods – Spikes X005
Los Angeles-based Railcar Fine Goods comes in right near the top end of the price spectrum here, but the Spikes X005 slim straight jeans are definitely well worth the price of admission.
They’re a heavier pair of jeans, so a bit more of investment in terms of the wearing-in process, but also a great reward. Railcar is known for an incredible standard of manufacturing and will be a great serving denim addition to your wardrobe. Available for $178.00.
2. Rogue Territory – Stanton
Not a pair of jeans you’ll really want to be wearing in the winter, but a great pair of summer denim, these are the 10 Oz. grey caste Stanton jeans from Los Angeles (clearly a new denim hotbed) brand Rogue Territory.
They’re a much lighter feeling fabric than a typical pair of quality raw denim, and are thus considerably easier to work through the breaking in process with minimal duress. Available at Free / Man.
3. Acne – Max Raw
Also near the top of the price range are the Acne Max Raw from Swedish Fashion House, Acne Studios. While not exactly a denim head’s top pick due to the distinct lack of a selvedge line, these are a well fitting, Swedish designed jean that looks great wearing in and isn’t of an overly troubling initial weight. Available at Mr. Porter.
4. A.P.C. – Petite Standard
The A.P.C. Petite Standard is one of the most ubiquitous entry options into the near-premium raw denim market. The French brand has made their denim line the centerpiece of their collections, and rightfully so. They’re a well made, simple and elegant jean that looks good in an effortless French sort of way. Available at Mr. Porter.
5. The Left Field – The Chelsea
The Left Field are well known for their pride in their fabric sourcing (from Japan) as well as the quality of their craftsmanship in their USA based factories. These jeans, the Chelsea, offer the same great construction and details that many who have tried their ‘Greaser‘ jean will have come to expect, but with a lower rise and a significantly slimmer leg.
A nice feature to note here is that the pocket bags are made from real, 100% cotton bandannas, so The Left Field are recommending that you don’t carry keys or sharp objects in them lest you wind up with pocket holes. Available at Left Field NYC.
6. Naked and Famous – Dirty Fade
Naked and Famous, the influential Montreal denim innovators, have their own option within the $100.00 – $200.00 bracket. These particular jeans, the Dirty Fade Selvedge, are a unique take on the raw jean.
Designed specifically to fade in a style that looks slightly more dirty than a typical pair, it makes for a suitable, slightly different option for those looking to expand their raw denim experience. Available at tate + yoko.
7. Big John – Carrot Leg
The only Japanese denim manufacturer on the $100.00 – $200.00 list here is this pair from Big John, a company with a deep rooted denim history despite their recent emergence in the raw denim market.
Big John are known for their exceptional crafstmanship and attention to detail. Although these may not be quite as expensive as some of the other Japanese raw denim manufacturers, they’re certainly near par in terms of quality construction. Available at tate + yoko.