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609 Milwaukee Avenue
Detroit, MI, 48202
United States

Douglas & Co. Detroit makes handmade leather goods, 100% in Detroit. Focusing on quality over quantity, Douglas & Co. Detroit values the process. The process is the most important thing to the company. The product comes from a process, one that takes place start to finish in the same space. 

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Intern Interview: Collin Murray

Douglas & Co. Detroit

Meet Collin Murray: Our product design intern for the summer. You may see him in our shop or at events. We are excited to bring a new element to our team and give him some experience in the design world.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi I'm Collin, I just finished my Junior year in product design at College for Creative Studies. Although, this was actually my first year living in Detroit. Originally I'm from Mequon, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee, but the past two years I have been living in Chicago as I attended Columbia College Chicago, also for product design. The transition from Chicago to Detroit has been interesting, but the city is growing on me and I'm really enjoying the new school. I'm excited to find out what it has in store for me!

What made you interested in product design?

I've always been into art, ever since I was a little kid, so as I grew up and started to think about what I wanted to do for a career I thought that graphic design would be the perfect way to blend art with a reliable career and income to support myself. As I worked my way through high school though, I started to take more and more sculptural classes like ceramics and fine metals and realized that I preferred thinking more three-dimentionally about the form of an object rather than just the graphics. From here I did some more research and discovered the field of product design. Considering that pretty much every single thing we interact with on a daily basis had to at one point be designed by someone, I figured job security would probably be pretty good. Not to mention, the thought of designing and creating a product that shapes the way people live their lives was fascinating to me.

What brought you to Douglas & Co?

Living in Detroit for the summer, I wanted to fully immerse myself to a company that was true to its "made in Detroit" roots, and I think Douglas & Co is just that! Also, as I've discovered my style throughout school I've realized more and more that I enjoy the fashion and soft goods side of the product design field and really wanted to work with a business that specializes in that field in order to get hands-on experience with soft goods and leather goods in particular.

What do you plan on doing after college?

I'm still trying to figure out what I plan to do after college, it feels like there's a million directions I could go, but I think at the top of the list would be to work for a big company like Nike or Adidas as a footwear designer, I really really like shoes! Eventually though, I would love to start my own successful business centered around my designs; that would be the dream.

What are some things you look forward to while working at Douglas & Co?

There's a lot that I'm looking forward to while working at Douglas & Co, I think primarily though, I'm excited to learn the hands-on craftsmanship side of leather working. I think this would be a unique talent that can help differentiate myself from my other classmates. I'm also looking forward to seeing how the business operates and interacts within the community of Detroit, there's a lot to be learned and absorbed that will no doubt help me throughout life.

How do you think working at Douglas & Co will benefit you in the future?

I touched on it a bit above, but I think by learning how to work with leather, pattern making, cutting, sewing, etc. I will have a skillset of unique talents that I can bring with me to wherever I go next in life. In an era where a lot of young designers are focused primarily on the sketching and the purely aesthetics model making side of things rather than actually creating functional goods, I think these talents will be invaluable. In addition, seeing and experiencing the organization and operations of a small local business first hand will give me insights into owning a business that are hard to get without being a part of a company like this, experiences that will help me greatly if and when I decide to start a business of my own in the future. Often, I think a lot of the valuable experience gained from a position like this is not always apparent at the start though, but rather, they presents themselves later in life when you can look back and relate to what you've gained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Workshop: Recap

Douglas & Co. Detroit

On May 6th we had our Mother's Day inspired workshop at our studio. We created hanging leather plant holders. This workshop included gluing and riveting leather. Everyone also got to repot their plants in cool little planters called Ecoforms, which we got from Nest in Midtown and Detroit Farm and Garden.  

Katie from Make.Do.Studio brought her modern ceramic dreamcatchers that were amazing. You can find her dream catchers and more at her website:

http://www.katiebramlage.com 

We loved having everyone at our studio. Thanks to everyone that came out. Hope to see you all at our next event!

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Mother's Day Workshop

Douglas & Co. Detroit

On May 6th we are having a Mother's Day inspired workshop. We will be making mini leather plant holders. You could either give this to your mom as a gift or bring her along and do the workshop together! The event will be free but a $25 dollar donation at the door would be appreciated for the cost of materials and plants. The doors will be open from 11-2 at our E Milwaukee location. Drinks and snacks will be served.

The store front will also be open so you can get your mom a Douglas & Co gift before the following weekend.  

Please RSVP

Hope to see you there!

Bay City Workshop: Recap

Douglas & Co. Detroit

Hi everyone!

As you may know, I’ve been planning to host a leather workshop in Bay City for a few months now. On April 1st, I put my planning to the test and traveled to Harless + Hugh Flea. 

When I got to Bay City I was surrounded by sweet little shops and the beautiful bay. Nestled on the corner of a block, lied Harless + Hugh Flea. It was my first time in Bay City and this had only been my second workshop. I spent hours going over all the materials I needed months before the workshop, but I still felt out of my element. A little nervous, I arrived in the store and was welcomed by two wonderful ladies, Debbie and Kimberly, who alleviated my anxiety and made me feel right at home. The shop was filled with homey decor and fresh succulents. I found my way to the back where there were two wood tables set up for the workshop. I carefully planned the process of how the workshop would go and set up all the materials. 

The students started to arrive so I greeted them with a little background about Douglas & Co. Then we started the workshop. We cut, glued and applied hardware to the leather. Everyone left with their own triangle pouch and a little knowledge about leather.

I hope everyone that was at the workshop had as much fun as I did. I’m happy that we could bring our leather working knowledge out of Detroit and share it with Bay City. Thanks to Debbie and Kimberly at Harless + Hugh who hosted us. Thanks to James Holton for the photography.

Cheers,

Sydney

New Mediums: Felt

Douglas & Co. Detroit

DPOP! recently designed a new office space for Bedrock. In this office space they included new oak wood tables. These tables are going to be used for presenting designs for future spaces. DPOP! was worried that these tables would get damaged while presenting hard materials such as tile or wood samples. DPOP! asked us to create a felt mat with a leather accent to put on the tables so they wouldn't get damaged. 

For this design we used two pieces of felt, and stitched all the way around with orange thread (Bedrock colors). We then attached a leather strap all the way through the center of the mat. The strap allows you to roll the mat all the way up and buckle it for better storage. 

We enjoyed working on this custom design. It allowed us to work with a new medium while letting us work with our favorite medium, leather. 

Thank you DPOP! for including us on this project. 

Bay City Workshop

Douglas & Co. Detroit

Did you miss our last workshop at our studio? Don't worry, you have a second chance to work with us on a leather project! On April 1st we are heading to Bay City to work with you on our leather triangle pouches. We are excited to step out of Detroit for a second and reach out to different areas. 

The cost of this event is $32 and it will take place at Harless + Hugh Flea in Bay City. We will be cutting and gluing leather. You will also have the chance to work some specialty leather working tools.

We had so much fun at our Valentine's Day Workshop! Don't wait to register on our website. Hope to see you there!

http://www.douglasandcodetroit.com/shop/bay-city-leather-workshop-april-1st