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Jeans are as personal as love, family, and dietary preferences. The rise, the inseam, the wash, the details, the leg opening, the ratio of cotton to stretch: it's honestly a miracle that these things are sold ready to wear. Actually, in our city of neverending possibilities you can get bespoke denim—just head to 3x1 for that. But for off-the-rack, where to start?
After considering the department store denim bar bounty, studying the small run American-made offerings, and polling our I-don't-believe-in-jeans-that-cost-more-than-$50 friends, we've narrowed down New York City's denim choices to nine shops. Click through for a map of our picks—we've even included stores' tailoring options and rates, where available, to ensure the perfect fit.