Atelier de Nimes Jeans From France

Ateliers De Nîmes is a denim brand from France. The brand takes their inspiration from the long French clothing history, but with a modern twist. To create the best pairs possible they design and produce their jeans in Nimes, France. And the fabrics of the jeans are coming from the best Italian denim mills. Before we go further and highlight their selvedge pair of jeans I would first like to share the story behind Atelier De Nîmes.

The Story of Atelier De Nîmes

The denim fabric is a legendary fabric. The origin of the fabric goes back to the city where it all began, De Nîmes. It all started with a businessman from Nîmes, Joseph André, who brought in the 17th century fame to the city by establishing trading posts all over the world. The Andrés, who were a prominent protestant family in Nîmes, built their fortune in the silk industry and the commercialisation of the Serge de Nîmes, the famous ‘de Nîmes’ or denim.

This renowned fabric, made in the region with wool and silk since the 16th century, was used to make garments for locals. The wool came from sheep rearing and the silk from the magnaneries, or silk farms, in the Cévennes mountains. Silk and wool were later replaced by cotton, which was less expensive, imported from Africa and Asia.

Later a lot of French protestants left their country for Italy, but also America, England, etc. They exported the de Nîmes fabrics as the demand for this specific fabric grew in that time. The best example is that Levi Strauss and the tailor Jacob Davis used the denim (de Nîmes) fabric too with their rivet invention to strenght their miner pants. The rest is history…

Selvedge Pair of Jeans by Atelier De Nîmes

One of the highlights of the Atelier De Nîmes collection is their selvedge pair of jeans. The jeans is made of an Italian 13oz red ID selvage fabric. The fabric is a raw fabric, so unwashed and 100% cotton. The pocket linings are navy blue and made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester for greater comfort and solidity. This model has a button fly for more authenticity. The fit of this Atelier De Nîmes selvedge jeans is slim. For the patch they used a brown leather patch with a hot stamped logo on it. The jeans is made in France.

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.