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.

The South's Best Blue Jeans
The South's Best Blue Jeans
| Credit: Photo: Ralph Anderson / Styling: Caroline Murphy

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, imogeneandwillie.com

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, baldwindenim.com

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, raleighdenim.com

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, billyreid.com

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