The holiday season is upon us and many of us are making our lists and checking them twice. Detroit is booming with innovative and unique retail choices! As we decide on what goes under the tree for friends and family (and maybe a little something for ourselves, because we deserve it) try going local before defaulting to Amazon Prime. If you’re looking to support Detroit retail here’s a list of local startups and businesses to consider.
DITB is a brand that integrates culture, fashion, and community. Inspired by Detroit’s resurgence, the brand stands as a social commentary and started a conversation that everyone could be apart of. The founder, Roslyn Karamoko, holds a degree in fashion merchandising and infused her experiences overseas into DITB’s sleek and iconic designs. Stop by the flagship retail space on Woodward to cop your own piece of Detroit culture, along with other brands like The LipBar and Detroit Rose.
The LipBar is an inclusive vegan and cruelty-free lipstick brand headquartered in Detroit. They’re unapologetically challenging beauty standards one liquid matte lippie at a time. The brand includes lipglosses, lipsticks, and liquid mattes in a wide array of colors from the perfect nudes to flattering reds and purples. Shop the colorful line in Target stores across the country and online to find the hue for you.
Founded in 2015 right here in Detroit, TAIT Design Co.’s mission is to create modern homewares and toys that are manufactured locally and responsibly. TAIT Design Co. is scrapping the conventional saying “nothing lasts forever” by creating products like the TAIT desk clock and calendar, that are made to last a lifetime. You can buy TAIT products online, around town, and in stores across the country.
The Detroit startup that took the sports and entertainment industry by storm with their life-size cutouts and wall graphics is none other than Fathead. The brand is a part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies and prints custom cutouts and wallpapers. This year, surprise a loved one with a giant cutout of their favorite athlete…or better yet, their face! The brand also offers a variety of graphics for the little ones in your life, making it the perfect gift for everyone on your list, young and old.
“When Detroit Blows, Detroit Grows,” is the slogan coined by the Detroit based hair salon, Detroit Blows. Rooted in the growth and sustainability of Detroit businesses, Detroit Blows is committed to not only providing amazing blow-out services for all ethnicities and hair types, they pride themselves in empowering female entrepreneurs. Head to Detroit Blows for your 2019 glow-up, or should we say blow-up?
In an attempt to upgrade our wardrobes, forego the conventional options and replace them with pieces that have a past and stand out, we turn to the Detroit Clothing Circle. The Detroit boutique perfectly situated in the Cass Corridor offers a curated collection of pieces purposefully sourced from 20-30 resale shops. Detroit Clothing Circle believes clothing is the first line to expression, so expect a wide variety of clothing that is both high-end and affordable.
Your attire says a lot about you and everyone has a story to tell. 1701 Bespoke is a custom suit shop located in Midtown, Detroit with the mission to help you build a custom wardrobe that reflects who you are. With every appointment, shoppers receive a personal experience including hand-picked materials, patterns, and accessories. This Black Friday they will be featuring a limited run of ties designed in Detroit and handmade in Italy. It doesn’t get any spiffier than that!
Detroit startup, Bloomscape, delivers room-ready potted plants right to your front door. With Bloomscape, the plant buying process has never been easier, as Bloomscapes’ plant experts help you decide which plants are right for you. Their blog also provides tips on how to care for your plant and any information you may need as a plant parent. It’s the perfect gift for those that are new to caring for plants as well as seasoned plant lovers.
The Motor City has a new set of wheels. Detroit Bikes manufactures classic city bikes and is at the forefront of Detroit’s transition to a “bike city.” Whether you’re gearing up for your winter commute or preparing for next summer’s cruise, Detroit Bikes has everything you need for an enjoyable ride, including different bike types, equipment, and apparel. Roll into the holidays with style.
Vajze is a jewelry line created and inspired by the multifaceted nature of a woman. Much like a woman, the collection of pieces embodies a duality between delicate, sleek simplicity and awe-inspiring boldness. Vajze, which translates to ‘girl’ in Albanian, was designed by Valentina Juncaj who named each piece after an Albanian name, paying homage to the women in her life. Honor the amazing women in your life with a gift of gold!