• Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Meet Katie O., Seamstress of Shinola Leather Goods

    With a background in making theater costumes, Katie O. creates the finished sample products for our leather collection, which includes a lot of trial and error and a much needed go-with-the-flow attitude. Katie has been seamstress of Shinola leather goods for nearly a year, and her passion for sewing is always present in her life, from the clothes she makes for herself—she’s currently making her own wedding dress—to the handmade leather journals, bags and accessories she helps craft in our Detroit leather factory. We couldn’t ask for anyone better to bring our men’s and women’s leather designs to life.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Off the Leash at Midtown Detroit’s Dog Park

    This summer Shinola partnered with Midtown Detroit, Inc. to open Midtown’s very first dog park. We’re happy to see so many pups and owners enjoying the off-leash space at the corner of Cass Avenue and West Canfield Street. We’re equally excited to introduce Shinola Pet, our new line of American-made pet accessories, featuring dog collars, leashes, toys and beds—a collaboration with photographer and animal lover Bruce Weber.  

  • Friday, June 20, 2014

    Introducing our newest pet project

    Introducing Shinola pet, a collaboration with photographer and animal lover, Bruce Weber.  The collection is a line of American-made pet accessories—including leashes, collars, beds, and toys—that were designed and developed together with Bruce Weber.  In addition, Bruce Weber’s photography will be featured on a variety of limited edition post cards and notebooks, celebrating the connection between people and their pets and the thoughtfulness and passion that goes into every image and every product. 

    In the spirit of collaboration, we’re producing a portion of the pet toys in partnership with The Empowerment Plana Detroit based charity that hires women from local shelters, training them in industrial sewing and manufacturing to create a sleeping bag coat for the homeless which are then distributed across the American urban landscape.

    In addition, we’ll be working to raise awareness of animal advocate groups such as the Michigan Humane Society, who make sure that our beautiful pals have a chance at a great life.

    Shinola pet accessories are now available in our retail stores and on Shinola.com.

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014

    Our collaboration with Kletterwerks

    Kletterwerks was founded in 1975 by Dana Gleason and a few friends who determined that the gear available at the time was insufficient for serious Rocky Mountain climbing and skiing. With a focus on functionality and durability, their first four bags—the Flip, Day, Rock and Terraplane—would quickly become legendary in the climbing world. 

    Although Kletterwerks halted production in the early '80's due to a  difference of opinions among business partners, Gleason would go on to found some of the most recognized backpack brands in the outdoor industry, including Dana Design and Mystery Ranch. Then in 2010, in response to overwhelming consumer demand, Gleason revived Kletterwerks from a 30 year silence. 

    We're proud to have four custom American-made Kletterwerks bags in our Shinola retail stores through the month of May. To mark the occasion we sat down for a conversation with the company's brand manager, Ben Nobel. 

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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Introducing the Shinola Guarantee

    A limited lifetime guarantee on every watch we make.

    Our belief is that products should be built to last, and should be built right here in America. That’s why Shinola is proud to handcraft watches that are made to last a lifetime or longer. To back up that claim, we’re excited to introduce an unmatched quality standard: beginning March 27th, 2014, every Shinola watch is guaranteed for life under the terms and conditions of our warranty.  

    Shinola is able to offer this guarantee because we source only the best available watch components and utilize a handmade production process in our state-of-the-art Detroit factory. After all, there's a certain satisfaction in knowing your Shinola timepiece can be passed down to the next generation, and our limited lifetime warranty ensures it will be.

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    The Shinola Guarantee - Terms & Conditions

    Every Shinola watch is guaranteed for life under the terms and conditions of our warranty. In case of defects covered by the warranty, all components (excluding battery, leather strap and buckle) will be repaired or the watch will be replaced free of charge. If the exact model is not available for replacement, a watch of equal value and similar style will be provided. A copy of the receipt and/or your completed warranty card is required as proof of purchase. A check or money order payable to Shinola/Detroit, LLC in the amount of $25.00 as service and handling fee must be included for all warranty and repair services. The fee is subject to change.

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014

    The City Clock: An American Landmark

    “I’ll meet you under the Kern’s clock.”
    Before the era of cellphones and easy communication, people coordinated meet ups using landmark locations and very specific times. The Kern’s Clock in downtown Detroit provided the convenience of being a landmark whose very function was telling time.

    With its debut in 1933, the Kern City Clock graced the entrance to the Ernst Kern Company Department Store on Gratiot and Woodward, where it became such a popular meeting place that it soon became synonymous with the phrase “I’ll meet you under the Kern’s clock.” It remained as a meeting destination until 1959 when the Kern's store was sold and shut its doors. In 1966, the Kern's building was demolished, and the Kern's Clock itself was stored away until the 1970's. It was then moved to a new location but again stored away until 2003, when the Compuware Corporation reinstalled it at its original home on Gratiot and Woodward, where its legacy still resonates among Detroiters.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Detroit poet Natasha speaks on her love for the Motor City

    “When it comes to Detroit I view it like I do love.  Detroit is my soul mate, and I write love poems about it.  I’ve always felt like I belong here.  Some people say we’re down.  I say we’re coming back around.  We’re the city that continues to call the worlds bluff.  We’re the center stage of nation.  We fight for our reputation, walk, ride, bike to our destination.  You know what we do in Detroit?  We survive.  We move up.  No matter what, we just won’t let you forget us.  “Somewhere in the projects, there’s a kid working on a project to project to the world.”  That’s Detroit.”

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Defining the quintessential tomboy

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Introducing Melvin Davis

    “Music is my life.  I’ve written more than six hundred songs, sang in a group with David Ruffin of the Temptations, and played drums with Smokey Robinson’s band. I’ve traveled the world as the Soul Ambassador of Detroit and loved every minute of it.  There’s a spirit and energy in Detroit that you experience nowhere else, and that’s what I bring to my music.  The raw material of the music that defines America comes from Detroit.  We’ve always had the talent base here, but now that the youth is investing in the city you feel an excitement in the air that wasn’t here before.  Detroit is a sleeping giant that’s suddenly woke up.”

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014


    “I’m ten years old and when I grow up I want to be mayor of Detroit and then the President of the United States. I like to make and sell candles and I started a company called Super Business Girl and recently got an award for being Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur.  That was awesome!  I want to teach young girls like myself how to make their own money.  When I’m not at school or playing chess downtown I like to sing and rap.  Look out for me, because I’m going to be the first rapping President of the United States!”