Big Star

Big Star started out as an aggressively European denim brand, but they've left the embroidered nonsense behind. Nowadays they're designing and manufacturing in L.A. and Mexico and they've reigned in their design ethos considerably. Durable, a little roomy and selvedge, Big Star jeans have an alt-guy vibe and are best kept away from the office. We like the basic Archetype Slim Leg, the rockabilly-feeling Archetype Straight Leg in Oxblood, and the Portland-channeling Division Slim Straight Denim with the plaid cuff. [Straight denim from $64;]