Once Upon a Pair

By Jacquelyn Lane

Your favorite low-risers may look smashing, but their backstory could be less than attractive, especially if sweatshops, pesticides, and harsh chemical treatments are major plot points. Our favorite denim for spring starts on a much happier (and more eco) note—these pairs will make you look good and feel great.

Fashion Redux
$350, delforte.com
Organic-denim purveyor Del Forte has a popular Rejeaneration program: Customers send their used Del Fortes back to the company and receive a 10% discount on their next pair. The Rejeaneration Skirt, made from the scraps of those returns, is embellished with vintage kimono fabric and tinted using coffee grounds.

American Staple
$245, levis.com
For high-end tastes, the 501 jean, part of the new Levi’s Capital E Eco line, takes every detail into account: The denim is made of organic cotton, the buttons are salvaged from unsold garments, the dyes are 100% natural, and all the detailing is done by hand. The company also offers its classic Red Tab jeans in 100% organic cotton for a very reasonable $68.

Modern Sophisticate
$210, cocosshoppe.com
Every figure will look fab in Undesigned’s body-conscious Bamboo Denim trouser. The signature silk ribbing adds structure to the body, while the fabric, made out of bamboo and organic cotton with a touch of Lycra, hugs your curves in all the right places.

Honor History
$276, rag-bone.com
The rag-and-bone men of yesteryear roamed city streets with carts, collecting scrap metal, wood, bones (to make glue), and anything else that could be reused or sold. In keeping with its namesake, all of Rag & Bone’s jeans, including the 5-Pocket Slim2, minimize the use of toxic chemicals and excess water—they’re not pre-faded or distressed, and washing is kept to a minimum.

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