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Best of New York 2009 • Shopping

Best Jeans

  • National Jean Company

    525 Third Ave., nr. 35th St.; 212-213-8150
    1375 Third Ave., nr. 78th St.; 212-772-2392
    2803 Coney Island Ave., nr. Ave. Z, Gravesend; 718-332-7864

    With 3,000 pairs of jeans in stock, this mini-chain is an encyclopedia of every style, color, and brand currently populating the men’s and women’s denim universe. Names like J Brand, Earnest Sewn, and Genetic are stacked next to smaller lines like Unknown Factory, Blank, and DL 1961. The selection process can be overwhelming, so staffers attend seminars from vendors to get familiar with make, wash, and fits; they then patiently and gently guide shoppers to just the right dark-wash skinny fit.

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).