Made in Britain: Jeans

I was never a fan of jeans when I was younger as I found them too stiff and rigid and as a kid of the 80s I grew up with jogging bottoms and shell suits (how were they ever in fashion?). However, these days, I rarely wear anything but jeans – even at work. However, my favourite pair of blue Levi 511s recently developed a couple of holes. They were repaired a month ago but alas the holes are back so I think they’ve had it. As such, I am in the market for a pair of jeans which got me thinking as to whether you can buy jeans made in the UK.

It turns out that there are quite a few places that make jeans in Britain. The denim itself is usually derived from Japan, the USA or Turkey but the manufacture of the jeans happens in the UK.

Disclaimer: I have attempted to make this article as accurate as possible but please do double-check with the company/website before ordering as companies change suppliers and products all the time meaning that this information may not be 100% correct at the time of reading.

These are the companies that I found, and what they offer, in alphabetical order:

ALARLEO

I stumbled across ALARLEO on social media and I am glad that I did since they craft some really nice clothing items here in England. Admittedly their shop is quite limited but they do in fact produce a pair of jeans made here in Blighty. Their single pair, a limited run of 100, is an indigo tapered fit, and uses high quality 13oz selvedge denim. At just £85 a pair they are a steal compared to some of the other items featured in this post.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average Price: £85.

Athlete Denim

This sounds pretty niche but Athlete Denim specialise in jeans for people with muscular legs – catering more for people who play sports like rugby but who struggle to find jeans that fit. If that sounds like you, then these are your guys. Of course, they are not on this list for that reason but because their jeans are made in the UK. Fraser Sinclair, from Athlete Denim, confirmed to me that every pair of their jeans is made in the UK, using denim from a world famous mill in Turkey. They don’t use sweat shops and because the jeans are made in the UK they are confident that the quality is high. On the downside, they only have two styles at the time of writing and one of which was out of stock at the time of writing.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim from Turkey.
  • Average price: £80.

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers

The front page of their website has a nice photo with the words “Made in London Jeans”. Brilliant – we are off to a good start! They certainly offer what they say they do with a great range of fab looking jeans (both selvedge and raw denim) which look as premium as their price tag. The jeans made by Blackhorse Lane are built to last with hidden rivets, bar-tacked stress points, and heritage-style waistbands. The inside of their jeans also look as good as the outside which is a sign of good craftsmanship. The labels, screen prints and patches are also made in the UK.

Not only do they offer jeans, but their expert team run a range of workshops on how to make and dye jeans. These guys are pros when it comes to making jeans and it shows in the quality of their product. Top tip: If you subscribe to their newsletter you can get a cheeky little discount on your first purchase!

  • Made in London.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £130-£260.

Burrows & Hare

Setting their stall “for the discerning gentleman” Burrows & Hare sell a range of lifestyle items for guys who take pride in their appearance. On their extensive product list are two pairs of jeans that they make in England themselves from premium Japanese selvedge denim. Both jeans are more a regular fit though one does have some tapering but still looks quite wide. I like the look of these jeans and the added hand wash diary on the inside pocket is a nice touch.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £150-£195.

Cock & Bull Menswear

This supplier is a bit different in that their jeans are made from hemp and recycled polyester rather than denim. Available in olive green or charcoal grey these jeans are very hardwearing even if they don’t look 100% like traditional denim jeans. Cock & Bull Menswear have a big focus on ethical sourcing and production of their clothes which is good to see.

  • Made in London.
  • Average price: £125.

Community Clothing

Community Clothing is a textiles and clothing cooperative that is championing the UK textiles industry. They have a relatively small range of products and a few pairs of jeans on offer but their products all look very well-made and modern. £65 for a pair of cool-looking jeans made in Blackburn? I’m all over it!

  • Made in Blackburn.
  • Denim from Thailand.
  • Average price: £65.

Dawson Denim

Dawson Denim operate from a workshop in Brighton where they make jeans using high quality selvedge woven and dyed denim from Okayama, Japan using looms that are 90 years old. In the UK they use 70 year old sewing machines to stitch the jeans by hand. They appear to have 8 designs in both indigo and black in regular and slim fits. Their styles are quite classically modern (an oxymoron I know), which I like.

  • Made in Brighton.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £230-250.

Dress to Undress

For something a bit different Dress to Undress manufacture jeans in the UK using ethically-sourced denim from across the world and “pre-loved” upcycled fabrics in their jeans and they say that they “never use new fabric, as we feel that all pre-loved and old clothing need a second chance in life to be part of another garment”. For the eco-conscientious consumer these are some jeans worth looking at and I am sure that each pair will be slightly different to the next. They sell their jeans through Etsy and they have a wide range for both men and women including styles not provided by other companies including jodhpurs and baggy top jeans.

  • Made in Doncaster.
  • Denim from Italy, Turkey and other sources (including recycled).
  • Average price: £40-£300.

E. Tautz

Imagine a classic, slim-fit, 5-pocket pair of jeans made with dark indigo dyed selvedge denim made in England by a company with a Saville Row pedigree and you’ll have these jeans by E. Tautz. They have a high rise with some nice styling. £159 a pair seems pretty reasonable to me.

  • Made in London.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £159.

Empire Jeans

Empire Jeans have a wide range of jeans (35 at the time of writing) available to purchase and they are all made in the UK and have been for the last 35 years. I can’t see a reference as to where they source their denim but they have a wide range of colours and styles on offer at a very affordable price point.

  • Made in the West Midlands.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £42-£125.

Eversbrook

Eversbrook make a selection of jeans in London and currently have 9 pairs available. There are some which look pretty minimal but would be great in a professional/office environment coupled with a crisp shirt and a nice jacket. They’ve also got some pairs which are a bit more dressy. They’ve even got burgundy-coloured jeans. Burgundy! I’m thinking of Anchorman here! I’m personally not sure about the Journeyman Jeans Blue which are styled in a way that it makes it look like you have spilled coffee over your crotch. A lot of their jeans seem to feature a Burgundy dye so if you’re looking for something a bit different, take a look.

  • Made in London.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £180.

Fallow Denim

Fallow Denim are the second maker of jeans (jeansmiths?) that are based in Brighton. Using denim from traditional looms in the USA and Japan Fallow Denim assemble their jeans in the UK. What’s more, they use deer hide patches branded in Scotland and labels woven in the South of England making them truly British. They have two modern-looking pairs of jeans in a regular and slim fit. For selvedge jeans they are a great price but they do have limited runs of their products so you have to snap them up if you want a pair!

  • Made in Brighton.
  • Denim from Japan and the USA.
  • Patches and Labels made in the UK.
  • Average price: £168-£186.

Finisterre

When I visited their website they had 4 styles of jeans available for men which were all made in Britain – Blackburn and Manchester in fact. Despite the fact that there are only 4 styles they cover Japanese selvedge denim, water-resistant denim and wool-blend denim in straight and slim cuts so there should be something for most people. I’d say that these are minimal in appearance and are quite understated so if you are not one for big brands or lots of ornate detail then these should be on your consideration list.

  • Made in Blackburn & Manchester.
  • Denim from Japan & Turkey.
  • Average price: £110-£150.

Fox Wilson

Fox Wilson are a clothing manufacturer that cater for cyclists. Their clothes are designed in London and made in Sussex. All of their products are hand-made in England using high-quality, and often bespoke, fabrics. The jeans look good and are probably some of the best I have seen for cyclists as they feature Anti-UV coatings and even reflective tape inside the right leg which increases visibility during cycling in low light when turned up. The denim looks amazing in the close-up shots on their website and is a “technical” type, favoured by cyclists.

Fox Wilson also take their environmental responsibilities seriously and are working on ways to minimise their environmental footprint by using more sustainable materials and cutting down on waste and water in production. Kudos!

  • Made in Ditchling.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £89.

Freddies of Pinewood

Freddies of Pinewood have quite a retro website but that’s quite fitting as they specialise in clothing styled from the 1940s and 50s. They have a small selection of retro jeans that are made in England with denim bought from Italy, Turkey and the USA – clarified after speaking with Phil at the company. The relatively wide-leg retro styling is rather niche but their relatively competitive pricing is compelling. They also have a wide range of women’s jeans and denim products which are also made in England.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim from Italy, Thailand, Turkey & the USA.
  • Average price: £95.

Hiut Denim Co.

Hiut’s mantra is to “do one thing well” which is a mantra I really like and one which fills me with confidence if I am to drop quite a bit of coin on a nice-looking pair of jeans. Hiut, who manufacture their jeans in Cardigan, Wales, use denim from Turkey for their organic jeans and Japan for their premium selvedge styles. Their factory produces around 100 pairs of jeans a week and has a fantastic back story. Long story short: Cardigan used to have a factory knocking out 35,000 pairs of jeans a week, employing 400 people, and after 30 years the factory closed down. Hiut have sprung up in their place to being jean manufacturing back to Wales, and Cardigan.

Hiut offer free repairs for life which is awesome. They also have a no wash club encouraging people not to wash their jeans for the first 6 months. Seriously, these guys live and breath jeans and even tried a breaking club where they paid people to wear jeans to break them in before passing them on to paying customers! This is like jean science!

  • Made in Cardigan.
  • Denim from Italy, Japan, Turkey & the USA.
  • Average price: £145-£230.

Hood Jeans

It is immediately apparent that these guys are proud of their British heritage and the fact that they manufacture in the UK. Geared towards bikers, Hood produce a range of jeans specifically for motorcyclists with details including flat rivets that don’t scratch the paintwork on your bike and materials that protect bikers in case of a fall. The attention to detail is brilliant and if you are a biker, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more suitable UK-made pair of jeans. There is a good range of colours and styles including jeans for both men and women.

  • Made in Attleborough.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £120.

Meccanica Cycles

Geared more towards cyclists and motorcyclists, Mechanic Cycles are a clothing company based in Cheshire, England who make classic cut jeans in the Isle of Wight. The jeans themselves feature triple-stitching and have a nice Union Jack label detail. These are also some of the cheapest jeans on this list. Speaking to the Founder, he has told me that they are currently changing suppliers and the denim in their jeans will either be sourced from the UK or Japan.

  • Made on the Isle of Wight.
  • Denim unknown. Soon to be from Japan & the UK.
  • Average price: £75-£85.

Monkee Genes

If you would like a modern pair of British jeans that doesn’t break the bank then Monkee Genes have you covered – literally! For £65 you can pick up one of their Made in England pairs which for the price, look good for a classic pair of jeans. Unfortunately, their range of jeans that are made in the UK are not organic unlike many of their other jeans made in other countries – namely Turkey.

Helpfully, and unlike other sites, you can filter their products by the country of manufacture so you can easily find a pair that’s made in the UK. Monkee Genes appear to be committed to their Made in England range and look to grow this further in the future – good work! Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the only men’s jeans I could find were all skinny or super skinny.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £65.

Nigel Cabourn

Now for something with a military theme. Nigel Cabourn’s collection of clothes have an army & navy look to them greatly influencing their colour and style. They offer one pair of jeans, made in England, using a Japanese selvedge denim, in a classic workwear pair. They sit high on the waist and feature military painted rivets.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £209.

Oliver Brown

When is a pair of jeans not a pair of jeans? For me jeans are made of denim but if you are not worried about such semantics then you may be interested in the range of English jeans offered by Oliver Brown that are made from 100% cotton (albeit what denim is made from) although the jeans themselves are marketed as cotton jeans, moleskin jeans and needlecord jeans. If that’s not your bag, then they have some linen jeans which would be great for the summer or for trips abroad to nice places with better weather than the UK!

  • Made in Yorkshire.
  • Cotton unknown.
  • Average price: £75-85.

Oliver George (via Bone Clothing)

Whilst not denim, these moleskin 5 pocket jeans can be picked up at Bone Clothing for £90 a pair in stone or olive. They are produced by Oliver George and are made in the North of England. I’m not sure about moleskin myself and would almost always prefer to wear denim.

  • Made in England.
  • Cotton unknown.
  • Average price: £90.

Original Issue

According to their website “Original Issue has been making classic, timeless jeans in the North of England since 1992. Created by David Kent the Company is a unique platform to showcase jeans that move seamlessly between town and country…from urban life to the rugged open spaces of the great outdoors…a personal expression of authentic lifestyle clothing that will for ever transcend fashion.” Their website was under construction at the time of writing.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: unknown.

Quantock

Quantock provided all the information I was looking for on their website so rather than recreate the wheel, read their summary below:

“Designed and Made in England from Japanese selvedge denim woven on looms for a tighter and denser weave by the Kuroki Company in Okayama, Japan. Our Quantock jeans are then cut, made and trimmed to exacting standards in England. There are currently two styles to choose from – rinse washed, which some refer to as indigo jeans, or classic stonewashed finished. Both will wear gracefully over the lifetime of the product to add to their timeless appearance.”

I think that pretty much sums it up. They have a small selection of jeans available but they are classic cuts which I think look really good. The prices are very good as well though they don’t offer free repairs unlike some.

  • Made in Rugby.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £115-£125.

Rabbie Denim

I’ve seen a lot of photos of pairs of jeans for this blog, but these jeans by Rabbie Denim are different. They are made in Scotland and have a “contemporary Scottish twist” to quote their website. They certainly do! If you combine jeans with tartan, the result would be these Rabbie jeans. However, before you go running for the hills or if you think of jeans made from tartan kilts, think again – these are modern jeans with tartan detailing around the belt line and pockets. Whilst some are not my cup of tea, I really, really, like the selvedge denim with Watson tartan. I’d say it’s a perfect nod to people to say “hey, these are no ordinary jeans” but not enough to look outlandish. The non-tartan bits are 14oz indigo selvedge denim so you are buying quality, but at nearly £300, these are some of the most expensive jeans going in my list. However, these are probably the most unique jeans on this page so I’d say the price is justified.

  • Made in Glasgow.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £169-£274.

Richard James

Richard James of Saville Row makes one pair of jeans and they are, of course, made in England. Using Japanese Selvedge denim, Richard James has created a slim fit, mid-rise jean for £245. The jeans have already been cold washed to make them less rigid and feature some nice detailing inside the jeans and in the custom rivets used to keep the fabric together. Made in England tag. Check!

  • Made in London.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £245.

Road Skin

For motorcyclists, these jeans will provide the best protection in case of an accident. There’s some really good science that has gone into their materials, which are produced in the UK, and you can see from the drag test data that they could help save your life, or skin, if you come off your bike at speed.

  • Made in the UK.
  • Materials from the UK.
  • Average price: £119-£199.

Sunspel

Sunspel offer one pair of jeans that are made in England made from a Japanese selvedge denim. They are a classic, regular, cut in indigo and have been rinse washed to ensure that they are soft and the right size from day one. Nice.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £195.

Tender

Tender offer a wide range of jeans made in England using Japanese selvedge denim. They have a very wide range of jeans in different colours and styles at different price points but are on the more expensive side of this list. Their website is not the easiest to navigate as they have one page with all their products. The jeans are towards the bottom.

  • Made in England.
  • Denim from Japan.
  • Average price: £195-£330.

TRiCKETT

Made in Lancashire, TRiCKETT manufacture two types of jean suitable for people looking for a slim, but not skinny, jean. Available in black and indigo, the Compton Road and Blackpool Sea jeans (their respective names) are made from 14.5oz premium selvedge denim with a strong yellow thread giving these a classic, but still modern, style.

  • Made in Lancashire.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £125.

Universal Works

Regular and slim fit Selvedge denim jeans in indigo and ecru. Only a few of the pairs are labelled as being made in England, with Portuguese denim, whilst the others have no country of origin information. The jeans themselves are founded on a classic style but with some contemporary design tweaks including unique pocket shapes on some of their cuts.

  • Made in Leicestershire.
  • Denim from Portugal.
  • Average price: £135-£145.

Wizard Jeans

If you are looking for UK-made jeans, then be careful when shopping at Wizard Jeans as not all of their jeans are made in the UK. I reached out to Wizard Jeans who told me that “all Wizard Jeans are now made in the UK unless it says so on the product page of the website – and this only refers to a few old styles”. As a female fashion site, there are loads of modern styles of jeans for women of which a good number are made in the UK, with others (presumably the old styles) primarily made in Hong Kong. I’m not an expert on female fashion so if you would like some women’s jeans, made in the UK, I suggest you take a look at their range!

  • Made in the UK.
  • Denim unknown.
  • Average price: £125-£175.

Closing Notes & Changelog

Well, that’s your lot! I hope that this post helps you to find a suitable pair of jeans made in Britain! If you spot any mistakes or omissions please let me know in the comments or contact me directly. I hope to keep this page updated so do get in touch if you have anything to add. If any suppliers have any photos they would like me to add to this post, please also get in touch.

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