$185, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Since launching his cult label Band of Outsiders in 2004, Scott Sternberg has been busy—growing the brand to include shoes, accessories and a popular line of ladies clothes. But one thing that he hadn't tried until recently was jeans. "I wanted something with a consistent, classic approach but a modern fit and super nice fabric," he says. "And I finally had some time to focus on getting it right." The result is a small collection of jeans with a tailored, straight fit (slim, but not as skinny as you might imagine from a line known for fitted oxford shirts and shrunken suits). They're made from Italian and Japanese denim, trimmed in shirting fabric and sewn in Los Angeles. "There's a raw, dark pair, a nice lightweight linen blend and then some rinsed white denim," says Sternberg. "No tricks or whiskers or crazy washes—just great jeans. With some silly hardware if you look up close."