Glenn’s Denim is the culmination of Glenn Liburd’s 30-year infatuation with denim, and his commitment to mastering the art and craft of making the world’s best jeans. After a career spent working behind the scenes designing, cutting, and sewing for others, at the age of 62 Glenn has launched his first collection under his own name in 2019.

The Glenn’s collection takes its cue from the rich fabric of American subcultures, particularly that of the 1970’s and 80’s when the streets of American cities like New York and San Francisco were breeding ground for radical new music, art, and culture. Punk was emerging on the Bowery. Hip Hop was making waves in Harlem. And, a new avant-garde of artists were emerging in Soho lofts. Denim was so often the uniform of choice for this diverse group of young innovators and rebels – it was a perfect blank canvas to express oneself. This was the exciting world that inspired Glenn, through movies, music, and magazines, while he was growing up in Trinidad.

Cold Crush Brothers Performing in Harlem - John Cale / Lou Reed / Andy Warhol / The Ramones / Lou Reed / Early Break Dancers


With Glenn’s encyclopedic knowledge of American denim, and his decades of experience as a patternmaker, designer, and craftsman as a foundation, Glenn creates a collection of jeans and other workwear staples that are authentically American – designed and manufactured in the United States in Glenn's own workroom, to the highest standards, and steeped in the DNA of the country where denim was born, and the country that inspired him to create in the first place.

Glenn's journey:

"As a young man in my native Trinidad, I landed my first paying job in a local workshop that was making jeans and other apparel for the local oil field workers, mechanics, and other tradesmen. I was interested in these tough, functional clothes from the start, especially when I realized that so many of my favorite characters - cowboys, bikers, and musicians from all the American films I was watching wore these sorts of clothes as well. What started as a job soon became a passion for jeans - the iconic, and distinctly American garment that symbolized to me everything I wanted to be. For me, the blue jean represented the uniquely American idea of opportunity for those who were ready to work hard, and take risks. I knew I wanted to make jeans and I wanted to do it in the USA. And if I was going to make jeans in the country where they were born, then where else but New York City. But it would take me a while to get there.
Back in Trinidad, as my passion developed, I honed my skills in the clothing trade - apprenticing under a Savile Row-trained tailor making handmade men’s suits and shirts, graduating from factory worker to skilled artisan. I loved learning the intricate craft of old-world hand tailoring, and those skills inform my work to this day. But I always returned to my first obsession: wanting to make the world's best jeans. So, in 2001 I finally made the move to New York City, ready to earn a name for myself in the American denim world. From 2001 to 2014 I worked my way up in the industry while also creating bespoke jeans for people on a word of mouth basis. Then in 2014 I joined Levi Strauss as lead denim tailor to produce jeans for their new Lot 1 bespoke denim program. This was a benchmark moment in my journey - being tasked by the inventor of denim to produce the most premium, and completely custom version of their most iconic product, the 501 jean.
Finally in 2019, more than 30 years after my obsession with denim was born, I knew it was time to create my own line. 
Glenn’s Denim is a truly American story - a story of coming to America and making it in America with a lot of hard work, heart and soul. My team and I are proudly committed to making each pair of jeans right here in America - the place that gave me the inspiration to create, and the opportunity to have my voice heard. I want to return the favor and do my part to support the once booming, now struggling manufacturing industry here."    - Glenn Liburd

In Daniel Lewis' words (co-founder of Brooklyn Tailors, and friend of Glenn):

"Glenn is the real deal. Not only is Glenn a true master at his craft and not only does he make a great pair of jeans - to me Glenn also represents the best possible embodiment of what it means to be American. He's somebody who chose to come here from somewhere else, with nothing handed to him. He believed in the ideal that if you dedicate yourself, work hard, and pay your dues, better opportunities will come. Seeing as there's nothing more American than a pair of blue jeans, its only fitting that this is the thing Glenn chose as his muse, and his life's focus.
Glenn walked into our Brooklyn Tailors shop one day many years ago to introduce himself, and a friendship was quickly borne out of our shared appreciation for well-designed and well-made things. I've come up in an era where craftsmanship is viewed as secondary to brand image, and when clothing companies feel more akin to Silicon Valley start-ups than a team of creatives and makers. In this current climate, where quality is replaced with quantity, heart & soul is replaced with digital marketing algorithms and convenience, what excites me most is working with people who actually MAKE things. I've never been interested in the trends of the fashion world. What interests me is the craft, art, and skill involved in making truly great objects that bear the imprints and tell the story of its maker. Glenn's heart and soul shows through in each of the pieces he creates." - Daniel Lewis
Glenn & Daniel outside Glenn's workroom.


"I'm not about what's in fashion - what's on trend - what's going to appeal to the masses.  I'm about making the world's very best pair of jeans here in America - and I'm about staying true to my own self in the process.  That means we don't compromise on quality, and we make the jeans we want to make, and nothing else." - Glenn

It always begins with a good design. Pulling inspiration from vintage pieces and other ephemera, and connecting that with modern, contemporary ideas, Glenn takes his time perfecting each new style and detail. 

From there, Glenn sets to work on drafting a pattern for the garment on paper. He's been creating patterns for decades and each new one is built on his understanding of the subtle nuances between a great fit and a forgettable one. Glenn's years of experience with denim as well as his foundational training in old-school hand tailoring, informs this process with is equal parts technical and creative.


Finally Glenn sets to work at the sewing machine. Glenn's Denim is not just a designer and a brand, we are a manufacturer. Glenn produces most of the collection himself, out of his own small workroom, using his arsenal of vintage industrial machines, many of which he's modified, re-worked and restored to precisely suit his needs.

The one category of clothing that we do not produce in America is our collection of meticulously stitched shirts, which we've entrusted to a small family-run shirt maker in the north of Portugal.

"In the USA, the clothing and textile manufacturing industry has been completely obliterated for the most part. However, we still do have a strong capacity, infrastructure, and know-how when it comes to our most iconic garment - jeans. That still survives, at least in a small way. However, when it comes to shirts and other tailored clothing, the best makers are (and always have been) in Europe. This is why when we decided to design shirts, we partnered with some friends in Portugal, who have made shirts for Brooklyn Tailors for many years. This is the way to offer our customer the best shirt possible. American design meets European craft." - Glenn

With every piece, be it a bespoke or readymade, Glenn's Denim is first and foremost about the product - about creating something of the very best quality and design, and embedding within it an authentic story and DNA.


A great pair of jeans begins with a great fabric.  So naturally, our process begins with the research and sourcing of the best possible cloth, and building close relationships with our fabric suppliers.  We are proud to be working with some of the last remaining denim weavers in the USA as well as some of the best weavers in Japan and Europe.  Many of our fabrics are woven exclusively for us, allowing us the ability to collaborate with the textile weaver and create something truly unique for our jeans.


America is the birthplace of denim. As an American denim company, we are dedicated not only to sewing our final products here in the USA, but to working with fabrics woven here in the USA whenever possible. These days, that's not an easy task. The once-flourishing textile manufacturing industry has nearly ceased to exist in the United States, and denim has been no exception. One-by-one, America's great denim fabric weavers have shuttered their operations, either moving overseas to cut costs, or closing all together, unable to compete on price with foreign competitors.

We're proud to say that nearly our entire collection is made from denim woven right here in the United States, sourced from some of the few remaining weavers still in operation.



At the end of 2018, Cone Denim, America's last and most famous weaver of traditional shuttle loom selvedge denim shut down its famed White-Oak mill in Greensboro, North Carolina, ending an era of industrial production of denim on traditional shuttle looms in the United States.


PICTURED:  Our 13 oz Classic Indigo Selvedge Denim, made exclusively for Glenn's in the USA