When it comes to denim, everyone has their go-to brands, some of which we could probably guess including Levi's, J Brand, and Re/Done. Having those tried-and-true pairs of jeans that fit you like a glove is a wardrobe necessity, yes, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be open-minded to the new denim brands on the block, and come 2019, there are going to be quite a few you'll regret not knowing about.
If fresh and forward denim is something you foresee in your near 2019 future, then you have come to the right place. Here, we have rounded up nine of the best denim brands you might not know about but definitely should. Some of the names that made the cut are already stocked on larger retailers like Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi, but not in large quantities. In other words, they are still on the up-and-up while most of the brands listed below are new in every sense of the word, and we can't wait to see them shine this year.
Ahead, read up on the best denim brands we think everyone will be wearing in 2019 and shop our favorite denim pieces from each.
The Feel Studio Inc.
This brand prides itself on being rooted in sustainability. Each pair of jeans it produces is washed with organic softeners and no chemicals, right in the heart of California. The brand also uses what is called the Ozone technique when producing its jeans, which involves little to no water. Considering these were created with such care, you know these jeans will last.
TRE by Natalie Ratabesi
Natalie Ratabesi founded TRE in L.A. in an effort to create the quintessential woman's wardrobe, including everything from denim to gowns. While every aspect of the brand is important to Ratabesi, she tells her customer that she "treats denim like haute couture," meaning the love and time that go into each of her denim pieces are truly unparalleled.
AndAgain denim is created with 100% recycled cotton denim and is made in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, the brand collaborates with exciting new talent to create jeans, further encouraging its customers to keep a close eye on the brand.
Askk NY is a brand committed to creating real clothes for real women with real bodies, founded by two women coming from reputable denim backgrounds such as J Brand and Rag & Bone. In other words, these two likely know high-quality jeans better than anyone.
"The B side of a record is where the deep cuts live—the complex, idiosyncratic songs that true connoisseurs appreciate most," explains the brand. So, if that side of a record were to transform into a pair of jeans, they would be the ones found at B Sides. Here you can find vintage-inspired, reworked denim that has extreme character.
If you're looking for a pair of easy-to-wear but definitely not traditional denim, Wendelborn is your place. Currently, the selection is small, but the styles make large statements, including two-tone denim and unique ivory washes.
Another Los Angeles–based denim brand, CQY values craftsmanship and authenticity over everything else. Founded by the previous president and creative director of denim brand AG, this is another one to watch as we know the depth of all things denim runs really deep within the brand.
When we think of Jean Atelier, we think of luxury, luxury, luxury—but wearable luxury, which is the best kind. As described by the brand, this collection of denim is "covetable" and consists of forward details that make all the difference.
Trave denim prides itself on putting the female body above all else, focusing on fit over fashion. There's no fussy design here, just good-quality denim that will be a lifesaver in your daily wardrobe.