Photo: Ralph Anderson / Styling: Caroline Murphy

With a focus on craftsmanship and exceptional fit, Southern-designed and Southern-made jeans are the new denim must-have. Here, our picks for the leaders of the pack.

Southern Living Editors

Imogene + Willie
Nashville, TN
In a gas station-turned-workshop, Matt and Carrie Eddmenson specialize in last-a-lifetime denim with perfectly frayed hems thanks to a looming process called selvedge.
Imogene Stretch,

Baldwin Denim
Kansas City, MO
Made from coveted indigo-dyed denim, these sleek, sophisticated jeans are so beautiful they’d almost pass for your Sunday best.
The Ten,

Raleigh Denim
Raleigh, NC
True to the name, these jeans—from the first pass on the loom to the final hand-stitch—are crafted within a couple of hours of the North Carolina capital.
Union Slim Straight,

Levi's Workwear by Billy Reid
Florence, AL
Fashion phenom Billy Reid adds denim to his Southern gentlemen-inspired label with a limited edition Levi’s collaboration.
501-Straight Fit,

Charleston, SC
Leave it to Charleston to marry seersucker and denim. The result? A dapper but comfortable (think: stretch fit) year-round jean.

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