Regardless of your denim preferences, when it comes to purchasing top notch raw denim in New York City, there are certainly no shortage of brick and mortar shops that can cater to your desires.
Bearing this in mind, here is a list of what we consider to be some of the premier destinations in the Big Apple to grab yourself a new pair of raw denim jeans. Note that each store has its own specialties to meet your denim needs, so be sure to not limit yourself to just one shop!
1. Blue in Green
Blue in Green is widely regarded as one of the top places to buy raw denim in the world, let alone New York City. The staff provides excellent service and they are extremely knowledgable about the products they carry.
They have one of the most diverse selections of top quality raw denim in the city, including brands such as Japan Blue, Eternal, Left Field, Momotaro, Samurai, and many more. Stop by their SoHo location, or check out their impressive selection online.
2. Self Edge
Andrew Chen and his Self Edge staff are known as being some of the experts on raw denim and their brick and mortar shop in New York City does not disappoint. They provide a full range of denim services, including repairs as well as chain stitch hems; and their employees are friendly and extremely knowledgable about raw denim.
Self Edge specializes in Japanese denim brands including: The Flat Head, Iron Heart, Sugar Cane and Co., as well as American brands Roy and 3sixteen. Stop by their location on the Lower East Side, or check them out online.
3. Steven Alan
Steven Alan is more known for their shirts and other non-denim goods, but their multiple locations around the city also stock a unique collection of raw denim. Brands that the stores carry include: Steven Alan, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, 3sixteen, Acne, Baldwin, A.P.C., and more. Check out one of their well-curated shops around the city, or their online shop.
4. The Jean Shop
Originally focused primarily on top quality denim, The Jean Shop has expanded its offerings to include an assortment of products ranging from belts and shirts to jackets.
Though they have expanded, they are still best known for producing custom denim out of premium Japanese selvedge denim. Stop by their location in the Meatpacking District, or online.
5. Barney’s Co-Op
Barney’s Denim Bar offers an extremely diverse and extensive selection of raw denim. They carry high-end designer brands like Saint Laurent and Givenchy, mid-tier brands like Jean Shop and Raleigh Denim, as well as more wallet-friendly denim from brands like Nudie and Naked & Famous.
The large selection guarantees something for everybody. Stop by one of their many New York City locations, or check them out online.
Though Hickoree’s Hard Goods is not known for their raw denim selection, they stock an eclectic and impressive variety of raw denim that is not easily found elsewhere.
Brands that Hickoree’s stocks include Tender, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Kapital, The Quality Mending Co., and many more. Check them out at their Floor Two location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or online.