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Raw denim was surely become popular in mainstream culture. But raw denim jeans for women is still somewhat uncommon in comparison to raw denim jeans for men. It may be because of the break in process, or the common lack of stretch, but the market for raw denim jeans for women is still somewhat small, yet growing.

Companies like Tellason, imogene + willie, and Baldwin are churning out some great women’s denim that will age very well. Take these along with brands Samurai and Railcar Fine Goods and our other halves have an all star set of choices to choose from to make their own imprint in the denim culture.

This is Denimhunters’ 2013-list to women’s raw denim.

Rope Dye guide to women's raw denimRope Dye guide to women's raw denimTellason Bird Straight

The great American jean makers Tellason have just released a new fit, the Bird Straight, specifically for women. The fit is a mid-rise straight leg with a slight taper. Constructed out of the 12.5 oz. non-stretch Cone Mills selvedge denim, the Bird is a great place for women to start with denim.

Retail for $220 at

Rope Dye guide to women's raw denimRope Dye guide to women's raw denimRailcar Fine Goods

Railcar Fine Goods was started by a passenger train mechanic, Steven Dang, so the attention to detail and quality if the pants is expected. They offer two women’s fits, a slim skinny fit with a medium rise and a slim skinny fit with a high waist, named the Viper (the right photo) and the Donna (the left photo) respectively. Both of these fits are offered in a raw, selvedge denim from Cone Mills ranging from 10.75 oz. to 13.5 oz. There is also a stretch selvedge denim offered as well.

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Retail ranging from $168 to $198 at

Rope Dye guide to women's raw denimSamurai

The world renowned denim craftsmen at Samurai also offer a women’s raw selvedge denim. This denim comes in at a heavier 16 oz. Japanese selvedge.

Offered in both a boot cut and slim cut, made in Japan, and dyed with pure indigo makes this the perfect pair for a enthusiastic raw denim loving lady. The Samurai Geisha is an exceptional pair for the denim savvy women out there.

Retail for $315 at

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Rope Dye guide to women's raw denimBaldwin

Named one of the Best New Menswear Designers of the year by GQ, Matt Baldwin has been making waves. His signature minimal denim design is not devoted to just men, but also women. Baldwin offers two fits, the EJ, a classic straight leg with a medium rise, and the Ten, a skinny fit with a medium-low rise. Both these fits available in a raw, selvedge denim. The simplicity of the pant makes these great choices for a more fashion forward, minimal look.

Retail for $220 at

Rope Dye guide to women's raw denimRope Dye guide to women's raw denimRaleigh Denim

North Carolina is home to the famous Cone Mills Whit Oak Plant, but it is also home to the last pair of women’s denim on the list; Raleigh Denim. The Haywood Raw is Raleigh’s take on a women’s raw denim. This non-selvedge 11.5 oz. pant comes in a high rise skinny fit featuring all the details of five pocket jean. The denim also contains 2% stretch to make them more comfortable and fitting. Every pair of jeans Raleigh makes is limited, hand signed and numbered, and the Haywood is not different. A limited, Cone Mill stretch raw jean made for a comfortable fit and extended wear.

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Retail for $225 at

Rope Dye guide to women's raw denimRope Dye guide to women's raw denimimogene + willie

Carrie Eddmenson, one half of the couple behind imogene + willie, said she wanted to make the perfect fitting pair of jeans. This included women’s denim. imogene + willie has six women’s fits and all but one of these fits is available in a rigid, raw denim. The jeans are made right in Nashville, TN in a restored gas station so the jeans are built to take a beating.

Retail for $225 at

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  • ChiefWH

    I literally cannot name one woman I know that would spend more than $50 on jeans. Curious how well these sell.

  • Jen

    Thank you for this post….after much researching on the internet, this post led me to Railcar and to the eventual purchase of two pairs of raw denim NOT high-waisted and with a slim leg – exactly what I was wanting. First timer, wish me luck!

  • worldwide_webster

    Really? Where can you get a decent pair of jeans for that price? It is not cost-effective to have to buy four pairs of cheap jeans instead of one pair of well-sewn premium denim. I used to buy crap jeans but they always got saggy in the ass and stretched out after one hour of wear. And I was always tearing through the knees.

  • Joe Kanna

    superb information … love it.. very useful . got a little more on various brands of jeans. to know go to

  • Ashley Rae Boedeker

    Still looking for raw denim fit that is high rise with a boot cut. If I could find one, I’d probably buy 10 of them.

  • BrittaneeLEE

    This is so fantastic. I am so fed up with stretchy jeans. It’s hard to find quality denim jeans for the ladies that are still flattering. Hopefully they continue to expand and make more classic products for the ladies!

  • anonymous

    That is because most people are suckers and don’t think, nor realise the environmental or moral consequences of what they buy. I make 600€ maximum a month (living in a part of Spain that has 40% unemployment). Even so, it is not worth it for me to buy 20€ jeans that last one year or less. In 2001 when I bought my first pair of expensive jeans (had a different life then), they lasted me 10 years. Now I am looking at buying a pair of jeans that may take me a while to save up for but won’t look like crap within a short time.

  • eco

    “imogene + willie has six women’s fits and all but one of these fits is available in a rigid, raw denim.” Sadly, they seem to have given up on this. As of now it seems they do not make a single non-stretch jean for women (their last one was the Clarke, a cropped style, which they got rid of on clearance). I’ve asked them when they’ll bring back women’s rigid, and I get no response. What is the point of spending 200+ on jeans if they’re just lightweight stretchy crap denim like everyone else uses? AND they’re not selvage, either.

  • susanne

    All of them are slim fit… I am looking for a raw denim boyfriend loose or straight leg which fits more like a men’s jeans. A pair of denims which is loose enough to put your hands in the pockets and just feel comfortable instead of squeezed in like a sausage. Anybody has any suggestion?

  • Annon

    Check out American eagle… ( I think.) They have a couple 100% cotton that aren’t very slim fit.
    I like the slim fits and was disappointed I couldn’t find any there lol.

    You can always check out ebay for denim too, just be careful of fakes. If the price looks too good to be true, either know the brand really well or don’t risk it. eBay has a ton of 100% cotton denim.

  • Annon

    Here’s the link

    Boyfriend jeans!

  • Evin Tucker

    Personally, I’d contend that the lack of raw/selvedge denim for women is more about sexism than anything else. Jeans for a long time were considered “men’s only” clothes and “unladylike,” so classic retro-styled jeans are sold almost exclusively to men because of that. As a guy, it saddens my heart very much to see such blatant misogyny and discrimination against women like this.

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