American Rag Cie

Best Jean Boutiques, March 2008
At American Rag Cie’s cavernous WORLD DENIM BAR , dark wood paneling and dim lights conjure a speakeasy vibe. That’s appropriate, since sorting through the selection —more than 70 international brands for men and women, each stocked in three to five cuts, styles, and washes—presents a kind of illicit thrill. Some lines, like Japan’s Evisu and Hysteric Glamour, are cult favorites with fashionistas; others, such as Ralph Lauren’s rugged RRL and organic Loomstate, appeal to niche tastes. No one in town carries a wider selection of little-known boutique brands.