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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Made In Detroit

Apparently I'm on a Detroit T-Shirt kick, or maybe I always am, but a quick review of the old school Made in Detroit brand was in order. I remember the Made in Detroit brand from when I was younger and I believe they used to carry it at the store Changes in Birmingham. Then, over the last ten years or so, the entire brand seemed to be completely gone. If it was around, I don't remember it.

Recently though, the brand has made a come back. About two years or so ago, the brand began showing up again. I know I have multiple Made in Detroit shirts that were bought within the last couple years. The interesting part about this story is that apparently the brand had been on the brink of bankruptcy and then Kid Rock bought the brand because he couldn't bear to see it go away. I don't know the whole story, but bottom line is that Kid Rock owns the brand now and it is much more visible these days.

The Made in Detroit brand is a perfect Detroit brand. Nothing says Detroit or at least the perception of blue collar Detroit like the Made in Detroit logo, which features a guy dressed in work clothes and carrying a wrench. The Made in Detroit brand carries t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, 5950 hats, and baseball hats. Many of the products have the logo on them or some variation of the logo, some of them say Detroit on them in the pattern of a gear shifter, and some of them have a "Detroit Muscle" logo on them.

Personally, I find my self as a traditionalist and prefer the traditional Made in Detroit logo. I also like the black shirt with just the words Made in Detroit across the chest and a print of the "blue collar Detroiter holding the wrench" standing near the bottom the the shirt. Also check out the 5950 hats with the Made in Detroit Logo on them, it's nice to be able to purchase fitted hat made with a little more quality than the usual baseball caps that companies which are not affiliated with a sports team usually only have.

I don't know where the Made in Detroit company went for that decade, but I'm glad that it has made a comeback recently. Say what you want about Kid Rock, but the guy promotes Detroit at any chance he gets, and I can respect that.

You can buy Made in Detroit gear at stores around Metro Detroit, but they also have a website.

www.madeindetroit.com

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

yo. that other link, down with detroit, i like that better than made in detroit. that stuff is kinda stale to me. this other joint looks fresher.

jay

Melissa said...

There is something very classic and simple about the Made in Detroit brand which will always make me feel happy and proud. I love a good detroit shirt as much as the next guy, and I love finding new cool detroit products; however, classics are classics for a reason.

Anonymous said...

What about detroitshirt.com? All the designs are done by different Detroit artists.

: 2:37am : said...

www.237am.com/shop has some better industrial looking gear than the other detroit stuff...

richard said...

Made in Detroit is old...the only good designs they have are all 10-15 years old and my dad won't even wear them anymore.

The founder/designer of Made in Detroit has a cool NEW line of Detroit shirts...Detroit Manufacturing

They're the best+most original NEW Detroit shirts available.

www.detroitmfg.com ...check it out.

Anonymous said...

"Made in Detroit" isn't making anything in Detroit anymore or employing any Detroiters. Kid Rock isn't as pro-Detroit as he likes people to believe.

When he bought "Made in Detroit" he fired all of its Detroit employees (I was one of them), closed its Detroit store/offices/production line down, and moved it 50 miles away to his farm near Flint.

Now they use shirts from Cambodia, China, and Laos instead of the American union made goods we used to sell under the original founder/designer Bobby Stanzler.

If you like fresh design and actually providing economic benefit to the residents of Detroit please consider buying from Detroit Manufacturing instead.

www.detroitmfg.com

We aren't owned by a rock star, we don't do "chinese-made 'Detroit' tee and ticket package" deals with the Pistons, we just design and print the best Detroit shirts available. Period.

Dan said...

Check out Detroitmotorapparel.com, This apparel line is made by detroiters. They have some sweet T-shirts