By  on December 18, 2013

HONG KONG — Jeans may be quintessentially American, but in Asia denim is getting reinterpreted by fast-growing local labels that are giving Western brands some tough competition.

The stakes are large: The Asian denim market is estimated to pull in sales of $26.9 billion in 2013, up from $17.6 billion in 2008, according to data from Euromonitor. Within the region, China has been the largest denim market since 2010, when it overtook Japan. Last year, sales of jeans in China totaled $11.5 billion, compared with $7.4 billion in Japan.

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