The Best Denim Brands You’ve Never Heard of –Nudie & Sugar Cane

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Each week in August we will be featuring premium denim companies that you may not have heard of.

This week we will be featuring 2 European brands, Nudie and Sugar Cane.

NudieJeansNudie – At Johnny Patch, we like this Swedish brand because they fit with our green philosophy.  Known for their dry/raw jeans, Nudie brand prides itself on using organic materials and organic manufacturing process.

The 10-year-old company primarily makes men’s sizes, but many women have grown to love the tighter fits.  If you love the feel of the denim, you can also stick up on accessories made from the same organic materials (denim wallet, or zipper adorned briefs, anyone?).

Nudie’s are slowly being brought into the US by specialty denim retailers, but you can also buy online at Nudie or


Sugar Cane – This UK brand specializes in premium Japanese denim.  The fibers are made from, you guessed it,

the sugar cane plant.  The brand uses the term “dungarees” instead of “jeans” to describe their product, as they want to be set apart from the “faux” denim companies in the market today.

Sugar Canes (or “canes” as the die hards call them) are known for their relaxed and baggy men’s styles. Their original design was inspired by the 5-pocket 1955 Levi’s 501 “dungarees”, making them a great option for Levi’s lovers looking for a more raw material.

The company also sells shirts made of the same sugar cane fibers. Sweet!

Get them online here. As they become more popular in the US you will start seeing them in premium denim stores.

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