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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. 

Meet The Makers

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Meet The Makers

Douglas & Co. Detroit

How we started

Hi there! Shane and Melissa here. This is the first of a series of posts in which we will share the story of starting our business. We are excited to reveal more of the behind the scenes of the journey that we have been on for the last 1.5 years!


After being married just over one year, we knew that we wanted to start a company together, but it was more of a distant dream, not something we were pursuing at the time. It was just the impalpable, "One day we will start a business together." 

At this point we were living in Detroit. Shane was working in a sales position with a company in Metro Detroit. Melissa was pursuing art as a full-time business. At this point we were living in lofts in Detroit and were able to get a second unit in the building we were living in as an art space. 

This would become the place where we would act on our dreams and write our own stories. We were so thankful to have a space where we could create freely.

It was early 2014 when we began to brainstorm about what makes us come alive. By mid-2014, we knew we were going to launch a leather goods product line with hopes to expand this offering to other lifestyle items. By November 2014, this vision became our reality.

The creative space became our leather studio. 


Was it easy? No. 

Was it worth it? Yes!

Every moment was worth it. Whether it was staying up until 2am even though we had work in the morning, or spending every weekend working on our product, it was all worth it for us. The worth was in having an expressive creative outlet that fulfilled us both!

We have learned a lot through it all. The "how" of starting our business had a lot to do with our willingness to be okay with the process. We learned how to let go of our own expectations of ourselves, and how to let go of ideas for the business that weren't working. The importance of process grows more and more apparent as time goes by. 

We can also say from our experience that in order to succeed, you must believe in yourself enough for all those who don't believe in you or your idea. It's not that we have been rejected, it's just that there are people out there who simply don't believe in what we are doing, and we have to be okay with that. This is huge for us! 

We are looking forward to sharing more about how we started, how we maintain, how we grow, and what we aspire for the future, during this blog series, Meet the Makers. 


Stay tuned for the upcoming blog, in which we will describe more of the logistics of getting started.