Sliding Scale: Jean Jackets

Welcome to the tenth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up responsibly-made jean jackets. Check out our ten favorites after the jump.

Brave Star Selvedge

Kicking things off is the Steadfast Jacket from Brave Star Selvedge. It’s made in the USA out of 13 oz. selvedge denim and costs $98. Unfortunately, the jacket is sold out at the moment, but a restock should be coming shortly.

Maison Standards

Next up is The Standard Denim Jacket from France’s Maison Standards, which is made in Portugal out of 100% cotton denim and only costs €95 (around $105). Both blue and black are available.

Bluer Denim

The American-made MJ70 Jacket from Bluer Denim is crafted out of 12 oz. rinsed Cone Mills denim, has dual patch chest pockets, contrast stitching, metal buttons, and costs $128.

Naked & Famous

Naked & Famous’ Denim Jackets are made in Canada and come in an array of denims. Prices start at $140.


The Japanese-made Type III Denim Jacket from orSlow is named after, and inspired by, the iconic Type III Jacket from Levi’s (also known as the Trucker). Like the Trucker, orSlow’s Type III has two chest pockets, copper buttons, and side waist adjusters. However, orSlow gave their jacket a slimmer silhouette with higher arm holes, and made theirs out of 13.5 oz Japanese selvedge denim. Typically these jackets retail for around $350, but if you order direct from Japan you can get one for around $190 (plus shipping).


The Jean Jackets from Tellason are cut and sewn in San Francisco, and come in raw 12.5 oz Cone Mills selvedge denim, raw 16.5 oz Cone Mills selvedge denim, and raw 16.5 oz Cone Mills selvedge denim with Japanese blanket lining. The fit is slim, there are two pockets on the chest, two on the hips, and two on the interior, and prices start at $250.

Rogue Territory

If you’re looking for something not Levis inspired, check out the chore-coat inspired Supply Jackets from Rogue Territory. They’re made in Los Angeles out of a variety of Japanese selvedge denims and priced at $255 and up.


As the name would suggest, the Type 3s Denim Jackets from 3sixteen are also inspired by the Levis’ Trucker, however there are a few key differences, including a longer body, and corduroy lined side pockets. And, like the rest of 3sixteen’s denim line-up, the jackets are made using Japanese selvedge fabrics that were loomed exclusively for them. The Type 3s are priced at $265.

Big John

Another Type III with a twist is the Denim Jacket from Japan’s Big John. Non-original additions on this model include side entry pockets, and a pre-war-inspired cincher in the back. The jacket is made in Okayama, Japan out of Big John’s signature “KOIAI2” 12oz raw selvedge denim, and it’s now $272 at No Man Walks Alone (down from $330).

Rag & Bone

And finally, rounding out our list are the Jean and Denim Jackets from Rag & Bone. Both styles are made in the USA – the tonal Jean Jacket from rinsed 100% cotton denim, and the contrast-stitched Denim Jacket from raw Japanese selvedge, and both have a slim body, high arm holes, side entry pockets, and narrow collar. Prices start at $275.

And then there are all those Japanese brands…

Pretty much every one of the big Japanese denim brands, including Momotaro, Iron Heart, Studio D’Artisan, Full Count, Samurai, The Real McCoys, Pure Blue, etc., makes great jean jackets. But including all of those in this post would have nearly tripled its length. And, every one of those brands’ jackets costs over $300 if you buy them from domestic stockists like Self Edge and Blue in Green. That said, there are some great Japanese retailers that sell those brands for considerably less, and welcome international orders. Some of those include Denimio, Okayama Denim, and Vari. Just remember that sending returns to Japan can sometimes cost as much as the items themselves, so make sure to double-check all posted measurements.

  • Watcho

    I love the RT, and all of the creative options here. It’s hard for me to excuse all of the “Type III” styles. Sure, higher arm holes and slimmer silhouettes set them apart by technicality, but it’s still plagiarism to me. When you see that orSlow jacket out in the world its intent is to communicate ‘Levi’s,’ no?


      Still can’t go wrong with a Levi’s denim jacket. Even vintage ones are pretty nice.

  • lifesapicnic

    Vintage takes the cake for me. Lee, Wrangler, Levis made in USA are all great options.

    • Ernie L Quinto

      there’s no more Lee, Wrangler or Levis denim that’s made in USA???

      • rogun

        Sure there is and I’m not sure how you can have an article on denim jackets without mentioning Levi’s. IIRC, Levi’s created the denim trucker jacket, so it should have an honorary place in any listing of such knockoffs.

        • kevin

          If you want the Made in USA ones you will pay 2x – 4x the cost of the (say) Levis Made in Mexico. Having said that there are literally hundreds of brands of Type III style trucker jackets and within those Brands many different colours and denims. I can never work out why anyone would pay $350-$1,200 for a trucker jacket made by XXX when a similar jacket with similar quality is available for $60-ish. That’s not being cheap, that’s being sensible. Lee, Wrangler and Levis Type III truckers are between $60-$80 and they define the genre. Of course, YMMV….

          • rogun

            Yea, I agree. I couldn’t care less about where it’s made, as long as the quality is good, and the quality of Made in the USA goods is highly overrated nowadays. My big gripe with Levi Truckers is that the sizing varies greatly from one season to the next

            The Gap also makes some nice Trucker jackets and their sizing doesn’t vary as much.

  • Ernie L Quinto

    you forgot Imogene and Willie