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Craftwork: Pursuing Passion To Make Things By Hand
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a growing subculture of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. With a growing appreciation for authenticity, usually in the form of a handmade object with pedigree or a good story, folks have traded in their "day jobs" to pursue their passion for making things by hand.
Mount Clemens Takes All Kinds
Kim North Shine
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Diane Kubik could be a poster child for urban advocates. Six years ago she moved from the sprawl of the suburbs to open Max And Ollie's in downtown Mt Clemens, just six blocks from her new home. Since then, much happiness has ensued. Not only has her shop found success, she's become an enthusiastic booster in her community - part of the reason the 'Clem is making a name for itself.
Montee Holland: Building a Fashion Empire from Metro Detroit
Thursday, April 19, 2012
When most people think about the fashion industry they think New York, Milan, Paris and, inevitably, women. Montee Holland is changing that mindset with his successful men's fashion line and a company that calls Metro Detroit home.
Dearborn Gets Brightly Twisted
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Quick, what's a product that's made in Dearborn, sold all across the U.S. and born from Michigan entrepreneurial spirit? Oh, and it has nothing to do with the auto industry. The answer is: scarves. But not only scarves. Dearborn's Brightly Twisted is a fast growing fashion company that's got plans as bold as its colors.
From Scratch: World Clothes Line
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Lots of people love to travel, but few take the time to engage with the cultures they encounter. While hiking in places like Indonesia and Peru, Mallory Brown noticed that people were desperate for clothing. In the act of literally giving them the clothes off her back she stumbled upon an idea: World Clothes Line -- a philanthropic business that provides new clothes to those in need.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Darling, there's no such thing as a bad hair day! Freelance writer and marketing/PR consultant Melinda Clynes wants you to let it all down at the Detroit Wig Out, a one-night bonanza of bands, burlesque and, well, hairpieces. If you can't be there to tip your toupee, at least read up on it this week.
Sarah Lurtz and Sarah Lapinski
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Sarah Lurtz and Sarah Lapinski (affectionately known as "The Sarahs") are our guest bloggers this week. They are the owners and designers of a local independent clothing label called WOUND Menswear. They both reside in Detroit proper and enjoy advocating for the city's revival.
Check back here each weekday to read their thoughts on the fashion, starting a business and the state of manufacturing.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Metromode's guest blogger this week is Doug Rothwell, president of Detroit Renaissance. Here's what he has to say about transforming the region's economy.
Incognito In Royal Oak
Thursday, June 23, 2011
If it's good enough for George Clinton, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The White Stripes, it's good enough for you. Incognito is a longtime local fave known for its funky footwear, clothing and accessories
Hooot Dooogs! Fashion, baseball and mustard Metro Detroit-style.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Quick, we say: Frankfurters, men's fashion, and locally made mustard. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Should be Charley Marcuse. A true Metro Detroit original, this singing hotdog vendor at Tiger Stadium (and budding entrepreneur) embodies the indomitably funky spirit of our region. The mustard's tasty too!
House Of Chants
Thursday, May 14, 2009
House Of Chants could care less about the masses. They want
to look fabulous. Upscale urban, locally minded and absolutely authentic, this 20s era storefront is SoHo meets Motown. Yup, just another example of downtown Ferndale's renaissance.
Can You say "Pecha Kucha"?
Thursday, March 05, 2009
From Istanbul to Indianapolis, Dresden to Detroit, Pecha Kucha is spreading. No, it's not a fungus. It's Show n' Tell for smart people. Designers, artists, architects, filmmakers and all species of creatives get roughly 7 minutes and 20 slides to strut their stuff. Innovation is a must. Mileage may vary.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
More than just another downtown hip hop store, for 29 years Ypsilanti's Puffer Reds has been a nationally recognized tastemaker. Customers come from as far away as Ohio to shop there, Nike provides them with a custom shoe display and Adidas celebrated the Forum's 25th-Anniversary by creating a sneaker designed by the owner's 18 year-old son. The store has got street cred to spare.
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