Denim is the ultimate American fabric and despite the fact that jeans get most of the attention, jackets made of the blue stuff are versatile and classic. Whether you're looking for something light-washed and simple or preparing for a week in the wilderness, there's something on the market for you to scuff up, wear in, and pass down to the next generation.
Here are the best jean jackets out there.
Saint Laurent Raw Denim Jacket in Black
Saint Laurent's Raw Denim Jacket in Black is the platonic ideal of denim jackets. It has a neat collar, a cropped silhouette, dull brass buttons, and perpendicular stitch patterns on the cuffs and waistband. If the price tag makes you wince, know that there's a slightly cheaper version in faded blue. (But as is often the case with clothes, it's the black option that goes with everything and oozes cool.) [$1090; barneys.com]