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Detroit: Get to the know the city’s untapped vintage retail scene

If you’re always travelling to the same spots in America, hello NYC or LA, and you are hungry for a change, may I suggest Detroit? I just got back from the city where I was compiling a Design Destination report (subscribers check it out here). Along the way, I discovered an up-and-coming retail scene full of handcrafted leather goods, eclectic vintage and locally made gifts.

If you’re headed to Detroit soon, be sure to check out:

ELDORADO GENERAL STORE

1700 Michigan Avenue

1 734 664 8633

Neighbourhood: Corktown

A well-curated vintage store stocked with eclectic trinkets and treasures from shop owner, Erin Gavle’s, travels across the country.

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HUGH

4240 Cass Avenue

1 313 831 4844

Neighbourhood: Midtown

Shop modern housewares, gifts, furniture and lighting that embody a contemporary lifestyle.

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ORLEANS + WINDER

2501 Russell Street Suite 200

1 313 409 6343

Neighbourhood: Eastern Market

This Avant garde shop sources its fashion designs globally while also hosting art exhibits, film screenings and pop-ups.

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PEOPLES RECORDS

1464 Gratiot Avenue

1 313 831 0864

Neighbourhood: Eastern Market

A globally recognised record shop capturing Detroit’s identity and music history.

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WILL LEATHER GOODS

4120 2nd Avenue

1 313 309 7892

Neighbourhood: Midtown

Shop handcrafted leather bags and accessories for men and women by a family owned brand that’s been around for three decades.

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WILLY’S DETROIT

441 West Canfield Street

1 313 285 1880

Neighbourhood: Midtown

Shinola’s sister store and next door neighbour, which focuses on quality goods from American brands like Steven Alan, Filson, Carhartt WIP and Rachel Comey.

Be sure to check store hours as they may vary.

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