Since buying luxury blue jeans is a favorite form of self-indulgence

for many gentlemen these days, we felt a short review on a few high-end

denim makers would be a good fit. This should not be a high-drama event

for most men, as the classic styles are pretty much the same. While

fashion designers attach colorful names to their wares, such as Roadie,

or Gringo, Barracuda, or Wayfarer, the styles are straight-leg,

boot-cut, full-leg, and relaxed fit styles with either a button-down or

a zipper fly.

If the first pair of blue jeans rolled out in 1850 and cost $1.50, are

today's finest denim trousers really that expensive? Craftsmanship,

fit, and cut of the cloth are features of premium dungarees that set

those apart from run-of-the-mill denim trousers. Much of the cotton

used to produce the finest jeans is milled in Japan, Italy, and the

United States.

Birth of the Blues

The 1950s were a decade of progress and change socially, economically,

and culturally. The decade that brought us Sputnik, Elvis, Johnny Cash,

and the first Corvette also is when blue jeans went from work-clothes

status to casual pants of the people. The addition of the stonewashing

process to the manufacturing of denim changed everything. It softened

up the rugged material, making it both comfortable and durable, and the

marketplace for the sturdy pants with copper rivets. Shortly

thereafter, rebels with or without a cause -- boys and girls alike --

were wearing blue jeans to express themselves both politically and


Online ... Off the Rack & Off the Hook!

Today a pair of well-made blue jeans is a fashion statement and a

status symbol rolled into one article of clothing. Be practical. Keep

in mind that a pair of blue jeans is appropriate attire for many

situations -- including washing the car and mowing the lawn. Here are a

few sources for the denims generally not worn under such circumstances!

Earnest Sewn Company features rigid denims milled in Japan, Italy, and

the U.S. in classic styles. Six styles of blue jeans are priced from

$195 to $210 and are available online at

Agave Jean offers styles for guys and gals. All jeans are handmade in

California. There are six styles for men. Many of Agave's jeans are

presented in different texture compositions. Denim from Japan and the

U.S. is used. Prices range from $190 to $225. Visit at

Nudie Jeans recently opened its online store. The company bares more

than 10 distinct models that are priced from $165 to $300. See the

beauty of Nudie's at


Jeans are considered the finest blue jeans made in Japan. The well-made

blue jeans are priced from around $200 to $400 and are available online


Stone Island Denim has a broad collection of classically cut blue jeans

in black, white, and blue. The company also offers an array of

complementing accessories and other clothing. Prices of men's blue

jeans, which are made from Japanese cotton, range from $220 to $340.

Drop in for look-see at