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5 Denim Brands That Made Their Own Mark in 2016

From an one-man brand and a budding e-commerce giant to a design duo rethinking vintage Levi’s, here’s a look back at the designers that brought a fresh perspective to denim, and the names to watch in 2017.

Designer Alyssa Lesser on the Art of Embellished Denim
Specialty denim designer Alyssa Lesser added her imaginative flair to women’s denim with collections chock-full of jewelry-like embellishment and her signature embossed denim. Read more here.

Roy Slaper on Making Evergreen Denim
“In any other company, the CEO doesn’t rebuild the sewing machine,” said Roy Slaper, CEO, designer, salesman and mechanic at one-man denim brand, Roy. Read more here.

Re/Done Makes Vintage Denim Look Good
Re/Done made a splash in 2016 not by chasing trends, but reinventing vintage jeans to fit better. As a result, every cool Gen Z on Instagram wants the brand’s “Ass Rip” jean. Read more here.

JackThreads Brings Private Label In-House for a More Focused Denim Collection
From flash site to fashion resource, JackThreads matured in 2016 with a new men’s denim line designed in-house. Under Creative Director Tony Kretten, JackThreads has been rebranded and remodeled as both a fashion resource and a foolproof direct-to-consumer label. Read more here.

Big Baggy Jesus Prepares for Private Label
From Instagram stardom to entrepreneur, San Francisco-based denim reseller TJ Marsh plots his dream line of affordable, baggy denim. Read more here.