Though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 52 percent of the overall fashion industry, the number of female leaders—specifically in denim—is much lower. Albeit slowly, the denim sector is evolving into a more inclusive space that welcomes all genders.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Rivet compiled a list of jeans from women-owned or designed denim brands that demonstrate craftsmanship and quality, proving that women can both make and wear the pants.
Former fit model Paige Adams Geller launched the Paige brand in 2005. Today, it specializes in women’s denim, such as this vintage cropped straight leg style. Featuring ample stretch and waistband darts, this look brings back all of the best elements of the ’80s.
Founded in 2013 by industry veteran Grace Na, California brand Pistola gives consumers an effortless West coast vibe—and this straight leg style with light blue and white stripes does just that. Roll the hems for a more casual look in the upcoming warm weather.
Mother was founded in 2010 by denim experts Lela Becker and Tim Kaeding to bring an indie spirit to the industry while still appealing to the masses. Case in point: this style featuring a barely-there blue tie-dye at the ankles that nods to one of the biggest trends of 2020.
4. E.L.V. Denim
Fashion stylist Anna Foster founded E.L.V. Denim as a way to transform discarded denim into updated styles like this contrast straight leg jean. With a high waist and black contrasting side panel, this style creates a long and lean silhouette.
With creative director Sarah Ahmed at its helm, DL1961 provides women with denim that’s designed with the female form in mind. This pair of cropped wide leg denim ensures you’re both ahead of the trends and comfortable.
6. Warp + Weft
Ahmed launched Warp + Weft in 2017 as a way to provide premium-quality denim to the masses. Each of its styles is fit-tested on mannequins sizes 0-24 and then on real models—meaning these limestone wide legs will likely hug your body in all the right places.
7. Good American
Emma Grede and Khloe Kardashian co-founded Good American with an emphasis on size inclusivity to help women fall in love with their jeans. With a medium wash and a straight leg, these could be your next go-to.
8. Stella McCartney
Designer Stella McCartney showed her first collection in 2001. Today, her sustainable denim styles make a statement wherever they travel, including this example of one-of-a-kind dye effects.
AMO was founded in 2014 by industry veterans Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars. The L.A. brand designs staple pieces for women, including these high waisted straight leg jeans featuring light distressing and a frayed hem.
10. Nichole Lynel
Designer Nichole Lynel channeled the ’70s with an extreme flared jean featuring a paperbag waist. Both the waist and hem are raw, giving these an effortless look and an even more comfortable feel.
11. Nudie Jeans
Featuring 13-ounce rigid denim made from organic cotton, these Nudie Jeans mind the details—and that’s exactly what co-founder Maria Levin set out to do with her brand. The classic straight fit is available in a number of washes, including this light vintage stonewash.