Our Favorite Sustainable Denim from ARKET

Swedish brand ARKET specializes in minimalist pieces that are timeless and high-quality. The brand is transparent in its supply chain management, indicating on each piece where it is made, and focus on environmentally-friendly materials like organic cotton and Tencel Lyocell, a fabric made from wood pulp.

It’s hard to find sustainably-made denim, but ARKET is working towards this goal through both their material choices and the rest of their supply chain. For example, ARKET works on finding the most sustainable denim washes with Pimkie in Bangladesh, a manufacturer with a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), modern factory employing highly-skilled workers.

ARKET’s denim is classic and foundational; they make the kind of pieces that are easy to wear and stylish for years to come.

Check out the best denim pieces from ARKET:

Regular Rinsed Jeans

Let’s get down to basics: mid-rise, straight leg, five pocket jeans in a dark rinse. Wear them with everything, all the time. These jeans are made from 100% organic cotton and get better the more you wear them.

Regular Rinsed Jeans, €59 | DKK 490


Cropped Regular Overdyed Jeans

A cropped black jean is eternally chic. Pair with boots or sneakers for a casual look, or a heel for something a bit more fancy. Add a black turtleneck on top for a modern Audrey Hepburn-in-Funny Face vibe. These jeans are 99% organic cotton with 1% elastane for a bit of stretch. The jeans are mid-rise and have a stay-black wash, so the vibrancy won’t wash out quickly.

Cropped Regular Overdyed Jeans, €59 | DKK 490


Regular Raw Selvedge Jeans

Made with high-quality Japanese selvedge denim, these regular fit, straight leg jeans are a classic that will last for years. They come in black and a dark blue – made with a raw indigo wash will result in a lovely faded color over time.

Regular Raw Selvedge Jeans, €115 | DKK 890


Slim Cotton Stretch Jeans

These slim-fitting jeans are cut close to the body with a bit of stretch in the fabric. They’re sleek enough to be worn with a button down and blazer for a professional-but-casual look. The jeans are available in dark blue, blue, and beige.

Slim Cotton Stretch Jeans €59 | DKK 490


Shirt 13 Denim

A unisex long sleeve button-down shirt that is one of ARKET’s classic designs, Shirt 13 has a French front and is made of strong but soft Japanese denim. It will wear in, rather than wear out, over time. Perfect tucked into a pair of jeans or worn open over a dress.

Shirt 13 Denim, €89 | DKK 750


Denim Jacket

A absolute classic! This dark blue denim jacket comes in a thick, stiff organic cotton denim that will soften and mold to your body over time.It’s not lined, but it’s still pretty warm and makes for a good transitional-weather layer.

Denim Jacket, €79 DKK 650


Wide Denim Trousers

For those people not necessarily into a jean, but definitely into denim, we submit for your approval: the wide leg denim trouser. These high-waist, dark navy pants can look both professional and casual, depending on how you dress them. They’re made with a lightweight cotton blend to allow them to move beautifully; a little bit less heavy than a typical pair of jeans.

Wide Denim Trousers, €79 | DKK 650

In addition to their sustainability efforts, ARKET has a denim satisfaction guarantee: wear any denim item for 30 days and if you aren’t satisfied, return it for a full refund.

If you find that you wear your denim to pieces (as most of us do), ARKET offers this sewing tip through Stockholm-based tailor Kerstin Neümuller: “The stitches are not supposed to lie in loose loops on the fabric – but they don’t have to be super tight either. We want them to look like round grains of rice, not like angry little mouths with the lips pressed together. Otherwise, the fabric around them will be tense and bubbly, and the entire surface will look unhappy. Try to work with a soft hand.” For more denim repair information, see their full guide here.

Want to find your perfect pair based on cut? Use the handy Fit Guide!

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.