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Mugsy Jeans

Mugsy Jeans, the brainchild of Chicagoan Leo Tropeano, make comfort look good.


Chicago Blues

By Nicole Ross

Photo courtesy of Mugsy Jeans


The city is putting itself on the map for go-to denim brands. Check these out.

1. Current/Elliott: Taking a modern approach to the American classic, Current/Elliott transcends trends with its unique silhouettes, classic fits and everlasting aesthetics. Its new store in Bucktown evokes a similar sense of timelessness. $188-$358, 1723 N. Damen Ave.

2. Dearborn Denim: Skip the retail markup. New on the block, this West Side factory takes pride in its long-staple cotton that’s manufactured to stretch without stretching out. $49-$65

3. Henry & Belle: Beyond its romantic backstory, you’ll fall in love with the brand’s trendy blues that count Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria as fans. Find them at Art Effect, Comfort Me, Denim & Soul, Belle Up Boutique, Eskell or The Denim Lounge. $99-$216

4. Mugsy Jeans: Comfort is key at Mugsy. The brand’s use of high-tech fabric makes every pair of jeans warp-, shrink- and wrinkle-resistant, while the addition of synthetic silk allows them to look stylish and feel like sweatpants. $98

5. Stock MFG: This Chicago manufacturer translates the classic and sustainable qualities of jean material in its denim shirts for men. Stop by the West Fulton Market storefront and see for yourself. $72-$98, 2136 W. Fulton St.