A $200 pair of jeans better fit well, take a beating, and look decent with a blazer. It's not to much to ask and it means that they are road-ready, worthy of space in our luggage. Freenote's new Verdugo Slim Jeans have the chops – and that's no surprise given that they are meticulously made in California. 

The small San Juan Capistrano company launched by two brothers with over 20 years of experience in the garment industry is committed to timeless style, quality, and manufacturing every piece in their line locally. They put money into making their denim right. It pays off.

The selvage-edge denim is meticulously chosen for its durability and consistent wear patterns before Freenote's in-house pattern maker adds distinct details like hand-stitched contrast threads on the pockets, copper rivets, and heavy-duty Tavlon zippers on the fly. Inspired by the cowboys, rail-workers and rock and rollers who made America cool, these jeans are good to go whether you're traveling first class or in a boxcar. Freenote might be a young company, but these guys get it. [$200; freenotecloth.com]