Made in America.
The past few years have seen these three words go from a random fact about a product to a point of pride. December 1 this renewed sense of pride and respect for homegrown builders, artisans, and craft people will be highlighted on Makers Monday.
One year ago, Shinola came up with the Makers Monday idea of campaigning for consumers to buy American and share it via social networks on the first Monday after Thanksgiving. As part of the initiative, consumers are also encouraged pledge to buy American-made products and to share their pledge – and, later, their American-made purchase – on their social networks. You can make your pledge by clicking here.
The pledge to help support U.S. makers while ushering in the holidays could bring $2.4 billion to local economies if every adult in the country spent just $10 that first Monday after Thanksgiving.
As Shinola says “A new generation of Americans have emerged who are making not just as a hobby, but as a career-learning and appreciating the trades of those who came before and incorporating these values into their own lives and practices.”
One day a year is not enough so Makers Monday now has a year-around website that brings attention to American Made products. Using consumer reports and recommendations the site is evolving into a crowd-sourced database of American makers. Details on almost any type of product you could think of are posted, along with showcasing the people behind the best American-made products and the passion and dedication that goes into making them. The profiles will be posted every Monday on http://www.makersmonday.com.
Detroit area makers listed today include:
- AK Style in Troy – nail polish
- All USA Clothing in Sylvan Lake – American made clothing and accessories
- American Expedition Vehicles in Commerce Township – off-road products and turn-key vehicle conversions
- Artifact Makers Society in Detroit – fosters and promotes quality design and craftwork of local origin. To check out the makers click here.
- Brillo in Commerce Township – household cleaners
- Cleansing Grace in St. Claire Shores – plant-based products to help nourish skin
Common Threads Clothing in Detroit – distinct apparel that represents Detroit
- Datanational Corporation in Farmington Hills – technology solutions
- Detroit Bikes in Detroit – bikes built in Detroit
- Elizabeth Lurie in Farmington Hills – porcelain
- EZ Storm Panels in St. Claire Shores – insulation products
Glass Academy in Dearborn – glass blowing
- Happy Belly Bakery in Royal Oak – uses chia, no gluten, no grain, no dairy, no soy
Indian Lake Artisans in Rochester – hexagonal knitting needles
- Jim West Photography in Detroit – photography
- June & December in Troy – tea towels, throw pillar covers, treat bag kits, notepads, stationery, art prints, postcards and more
- Local Portion in Detroit – handcrafted ceramics
Mitten Crate in Royal Oak – delivers curated assortment of Michigan-made foods to your doorstep every month
- Peninsulas in Royal Oak – apparel, housewares, and gifts
- Pewabic Pottery in Detroit – pottery
- Shinola in Detroit – watches and bikes
- Smith Shop in Detroit – jewelry to architectural hardware
Stef-n-ty in Detroit – clothing and hat
- Street Eatzz in Royal Oak – food products
- Studio H2G in Birmingham – retail designers
- TKD Design in Sterling Heights – interdisciplinary design collective
- The D The Jewelry in Detroit – jewelry that pays homage to the city of Detroit
- Wilson’s Woodshop in Royal Oak – hand-made, farm-style and mid-century inspired tables
- You’re the One Toys in Livonia – felties, ornaments, DIY kits, pdf patterns and holiday gifts for the kid in everyone
There’s room for more businesses. You can register yours by clicking here.
This year Shinola teamed up with and athletic shoe manufacturer New Balance and Cool Hunting to spread the word from shore-to-shore. Cool Hunting is a daily update on ideas and products in the intersection of art, design, culture and technology.
Makers Monday has several social channels dedicated to their cause. Those who want to participate, or who are merely curious can find out more at: Facebook: https://facebook.com/makersmonday Instagram: https://instagram.com/makersmonday Pintrest: https://pinterest.com/makersmonday Email: firstname.lastname@example.org