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Selvedge Denim: Jeans That Have the Edge – Literally

Originally created for miners, jeans have no competition as the top iconic trouser. Enthusiasts are keen on “selvedge” denim right now, selvedge being the stitched edge of the original fabric roll that prevents fraying, and which appears in details on the jeans, such as inside the leg. They used to be the norm way back when, but, without going into excessive detail about different types of looms, they fell out of fashion as companies moved towards cheaper methods of production.

Selvedge has made a welcome return, especially now everyone and their hipster dad is turning up the bottom of jeans, and the eagle eyed can spot whether the seam is stitched down – making it selvedge – or not (like us, we’re sure you’ll start to notice this from now on). But don’t think that selvedge denim will necessarily break the bank. In fact, if you’re quick, you can buy our pick from River Island’s range on sale for £25 (it was £60). Swedish brand Cheap Monday also stay true to their name offering a pair for £55.

Browse the gallery for all our picks, which include established jeans brands like Levis and G-Star, as well as labels from the Japanese denim scene such as Edwin and Mastercraft Union. Alternatively, keep scrolling down.


Edwin Jeans Ed-55 indigo denim washed

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£90, buy on edwin-europe.com (opens in new tab)

Nudie Jeans Co Brute Knut dry orange selvedge

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£185, buy on nudiejeans.com (opens in new tab)

Mastercraft Union A36B

Mastercraft Union A36B

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£486, forthcoming at selfridges.com (opens in new tab)

Natural Selection selvedge denim jeans

Natural Selection selvedge denim jeans

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£180, forthcoming on naturalselectionlondon.com (opens in new tab)

Levi’s “1947” 501 jeans

Levi’s “1947” 501 jeans

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£180, buy on levis.com (opens in new tab)

River Island light wash selvedge Sid skinny jeans

River Island light wash selvedge Sid skinny jeans

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£60, buy on riverisland.com (opens in new tab)

Gap raw denim “1969” jeans

Gap raw denim “1969” jeans

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£69.95, buy on gap.com (opens in new tab)

Cheap Monday black “Sonic Element” denim jeans

NEUW selvedge denim jeans

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£55, buy on cheapmonday.com (opens in new tab)

NEUW selvedge denim jeans

NEUW selvedge denim jeans

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£135, buy on selfridges.com (opens in new tab)

Tommy Hilfiger selvedge jeans

Tommy Hilfiger selvedge jeans

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£115, buy on tommy.com (opens in new tab)

G-Star Lumber classic tapered red listing jeans

G-Star Lumber classic tapered red listing jeans

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£190, buy on g-star.com (opens in new tab)

Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.