June 1, 2014

Leather Production Revs up in the Motor City

Until Detroit’s Shinola opened its doors in 2011, no American company had produced watches on a large scale since the late 1960s. Now, the company is placing its bets on a previously dying American industry – in a formerly booming manufacturing capital – crafting watches, bags, wallets, accessories and bicycles. With a 60,000-square-foot complex, a recently opened, 12,000-square-foot watchstrap factory and a growing staff, it appears that bet is paying off.