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The Top 10 Places to Buy Denim in San Francisco

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San Franciscans don't joke around when it comes to denim. Some of us won't bat an eye at dropping $300+ on a pair of jeans as stiff as a board. We'll freeze them to try killing bacterial rather than expose our precious denim to the fading effects of water. We're also the home of Levi's, the most iconic denim brand in the world, so it's no surprise we take our 5-pocket-styles seriously.

We narrowed the shopping options in San Francisco down to 10 of the stores where we found the best denim merchandise.

How did we do? Did we miss your favorite denim shopping spot? We'd love to hear from you via email or in the comments below.


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Levi Store

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Levi's hardly needs an introduction, and the company's flagship store at Union Square is impossible to miss with its dramatic stairway outside. The store carries pretty much any Levi's style your heart desires and has tailors on site. They also host some can't-miss exhibitions and special events.

Industrie Denim

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Big Star, Current/Elliott, all the Js (J, James and Jones), Koral, Levi's Made & Crafted, Nudie, Paige, Rag & Bone—yup, all the best denim brands can be found at Industrie for both men and women. Look for the "booty cam" in their dressing rooms, so you can get a real good look at how the goods will look in those jeans you're about to spend a couple hundred bucks on.

Self Edge Denim

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Self Edge is a store for the serious denim connoisseur, with rare brands including including Strike Gold, Dry Bones, Real Japan Blues and Sugar Cane. They pride themselves on providing "selvedge lines made of metallic red silk, rivets made from sterling silver, poisonous python skin tags from Okinawa." They also offer repair service on denim jeans, jackets or shirts.

G-Star Raw

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From A-crotch to dropped crotch, from overalls and cutoffs to vests and jackets, the G-Star Raw brand most likely has your denim tastes covered. You'll find every wash imaginable, and everything from skinny to wide-leg jeans, plus t-shirts, jeans, and even undies.

Brooklyn Circus

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The Brooklyn Circus carries its own line of Japanese raw denim, plus denim hats and jackets and super cute varsity jackets to go with them.

The Blues Jean Bar - SF

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Sidle up to the Blues Jean Bar in Cow Hollow, and a friendly bartender will help you find--among their 40+ brands--your perfect style (bootcut, skinny, straight), wash (dark, light, distressed), and waist size.

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It's one of the few places in San Francisco where you can find Dope & Drakkar denim, which is made of raw denim made of organic cotton grown in Texas and fabricated on mid-century shuttle looms salvaged from a North Carolina textile plants. Need we say more?

7 For All Mankind

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They've come a long way since being one of the first brands to lure women to spend $100+ on jeans in the '90s with their low-slung bootcut style. These days, you'll find every wash, color and style.

AG Adriano Goldschmied

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You'll find always on-trend cuts from skinnies to colored to destroyed denim styles, plus tops, jackets and accessories wear with your jeans.

Joe's Jeans

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Known for making you butt look the best it possibly can, Joes will hook you up. The brand is the ultimate cool-girl go-to, and the SF store carries a huge men's selection as well.

Levi Store

Levi's hardly needs an introduction, and the company's flagship store at Union Square is impossible to miss with its dramatic stairway outside. The store carries pretty much any Levi's style your heart desires and has tailors on site. They also host some can't-miss exhibitions and special events.

Industrie Denim

Big Star, Current/Elliott, all the Js (J, James and Jones), Koral, Levi's Made & Crafted, Nudie, Paige, Rag & Bone—yup, all the best denim brands can be found at Industrie for both men and women. Look for the "booty cam" in their dressing rooms, so you can get a real good look at how the goods will look in those jeans you're about to spend a couple hundred bucks on.

Self Edge Denim

Self Edge is a store for the serious denim connoisseur, with rare brands including including Strike Gold, Dry Bones, Real Japan Blues and Sugar Cane. They pride themselves on providing "selvedge lines made of metallic red silk, rivets made from sterling silver, poisonous python skin tags from Okinawa." They also offer repair service on denim jeans, jackets or shirts.

G-Star Raw

From A-crotch to dropped crotch, from overalls and cutoffs to vests and jackets, the G-Star Raw brand most likely has your denim tastes covered. You'll find every wash imaginable, and everything from skinny to wide-leg jeans, plus t-shirts, jeans, and even undies.

Brooklyn Circus

The Brooklyn Circus carries its own line of Japanese raw denim, plus denim hats and jackets and super cute varsity jackets to go with them.

The Blues Jean Bar - SF

Sidle up to the Blues Jean Bar in Cow Hollow, and a friendly bartender will help you find--among their 40+ brands--your perfect style (bootcut, skinny, straight), wash (dark, light, distressed), and waist size.

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It's one of the few places in San Francisco where you can find Dope & Drakkar denim, which is made of raw denim made of organic cotton grown in Texas and fabricated on mid-century shuttle looms salvaged from a North Carolina textile plants. Need we say more?

7 For All Mankind

They've come a long way since being one of the first brands to lure women to spend $100+ on jeans in the '90s with their low-slung bootcut style. These days, you'll find every wash, color and style.

AG Adriano Goldschmied

You'll find always on-trend cuts from skinnies to colored to destroyed denim styles, plus tops, jackets and accessories wear with your jeans.

Joe's Jeans

Known for making you butt look the best it possibly can, Joes will hook you up. The brand is the ultimate cool-girl go-to, and the SF store carries a huge men's selection as well.