Handmade Leather Maker Opens in Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on November 19th, 2014 / Comments

When did craft goods become so cool?

There’s just something irresistible about a handmade, fine quality product. As the success of Detroit based Shinola shows us, the stamp of made in Detroit can add the finishing touches to a product’s attraction. Douglas and Co is the newest kid on the block, launching their line of handmade goods made in Detroit. This smaller company could take a piece of large retail market.

Shane and Melissa Douglas launched Douglas and Co after spending some time learning all about the process of making  leather. Co-founder Shane Douglas said it was learning this process that inspired them to start the company.

“We started developing a passion for being involved in the manufacturing process. There’s so much love and care that goes into making the product,” said Shane. “We’re passionate about the process.”

From their studio in Detroit the two source leather, cut it, size it, sew it and assemble their products for the business. It’s all handmade from Detroit. The company makes small gift items like coasters and key chains, and larger products like wallets and clutches. Each product is designed and created for a certain amount and series, too. The team believes it adds to the authenticity of handmade goods.

Below are a couple items featured for launch.



We source the leather from different places. We map out a design for the product. Each product will only have a certain amount of the amount,” said Shane. “Since we work in small production, we are constantly creating with intent.”

Products will be available soon online at their website www.douglasandcodetroit.com. What do you think quality goods with the made in Detroit stamp? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this trend.

Also, you can check out Douglas and Co at their upcoming launch part this Saturday, November 22nd.

Douglas and Co. Detroit is holding a preview party on November 22 to kick off the launch of its new leather goods manufacturing business. The company will begin selling its high-quality items online the same day at 8 a.m. EST and is seeking partnerships with retailers interested in carrying its unique product line, which is made in Detroit.

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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.