Shane and Melissa Douglas started the business in 2014 in a loft at Milwaukee Junction in Midtown with a very limited run of handmade leather goods, each created so you could match your individually with the individually of the product.
The word got out and business grew. Now they have moved their Douglas & Co. workshop and a store to 609 E. Milwaukee St. in the garage of the former Peerless Machine Weighing Co. The products will continue to be unique and special with a limited run of only 20-50 items, and, once in a blue moon, up to 100.
Their hand-crafted leather creations like bags, card-holders, clutches, key chains and wallets are paired with a certificate of authenticity signifying its series number and quantity in that run. Each of the items ranges in price from $8-$220.
“In the design process, Shane and Melissa are inspired by beautiful places, beautiful design, and the beautiful people of Detroit,” the website says. “Each item that Douglas & Co. Detroit produces is a labor of love that is deeply rooted in Detroit.”
One hundred percent of the manufacturing process takes place in Detroit including cutting, stitching and packaging. The Horween Leather used to create the leather goods comes from the US.
The new location is a step up from the loft at 800 square feet, with 200 square feet dedicated solely to retail, but still small enough for the intimate experience they want their customers. They will also offer workshops in the studio.
Other products found exclusively in the new store include:
- Long bill wallet, which is a long wallet with a closure that holds credit cards as well as dollar bills
- Flags – handmade stitched and screen-printed made in collaboration Wild Standard
- Computer / document portfolio – for carrying a computer or tablet along with other documents, available in natural
Some of the products are available only online and several new and exclusive bags are only available in their new studio. The store is open Tuesday – Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information: douglasandcodetroit.com.
Made in Detroit usually conjures up images of assembly lines and robot arms. While that is of major importance, there are plenty of people who are taking our city back to its roots and creating smaller and more personal products.
– Photos courtesy of Douglas & Co.