Where to Go in L.A. for the Best Designer Blue Jeans

Given the city’s informal dress code, it makes sense that it’s a destination for all things denim

There’s a store for every style:

Frame Denim
8467 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 310-464-2270
In 2013, the company debuted with an understated aesthetic and one “perfect” jean: the midrise “Le Skinny,” with ample stretch. The high-rise “Le Skinny” was added this spring and is available at the first Frame Denim store, which opened in April. celeb cred: Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, and Karlie Kloss are fans.

Multiple locations
A high-rise waist hides the wobbly bits around the middle, and a slim profile morphs into a flattering flare or bell at the bottom. Owner and creative director Paige Adams-Geller, who launched her fashion career as a fit model, is a stickler about getting the proportions right. celeb cred: Wide-leg silhouettes are favored by Cindy Crawford and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424-291-3300
The brand distinguished itself from the skinny-jean pool in 2008 by bringing back a borrowed-from-the-boys look. At the recently opened flagship, you can score signature styles, plus one-of-a-kind numbers with vintage embellishments. celeb cred: Slouchy cuts in a variety of washes (with or without artful distressing) have been spotted on Dakota Fanning and Charlize Theron.

American Rag Cie
150 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park, 323-935-3154
The World Denim Bar at American Rag Cie remains our primary source for fashion-forward culottes, jumpsuits, vests, and of course jeans. Denimheads seek out local brands like Mother, AG, Joe’s, J Brand, G-Star Raw, and Hudson. Those trawling for treasure are bound to discover some older gems. celeb cred: Models and “It” girls Cara Delevingne and Alexa Chung shop here.

Re/Done at Elyse Walker, 15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades, 310-230-8882
Well-worn Levi’s never lose their retro appeal. But with preowned pieces, precise fit can be tricky. Enter downtown-based Re/Done, which reconstructs broken-in, buttery-soft vintage Levi’s in custom sizes. celeb cred: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kendall Jenner all rock this repurposed line.