In an effort to further promote the amazing talents that are helping to revitalize Detroit, “Detroit Built,” is a pop up shop in a shop, downstairs at Michele Varian in SoHo, NYC that will feature product designed and manufactured in Detroit happening over four weeks in the fall. PLAYGROUND DETROIT is proud to be involved to help organize the first Detroit Built pop up along with fellow Detroiters- store owner Michele Varian and Sarah Lapinski of Motor City Sewing & Wound Menswear.

Detroit, renowned for its manufacturing history, is reigniting its proud heritage in the nimble hands of many committed Detroiters. Detroit Built is proud to be showcasing the continuing resourcefulness and engineering intelligence and talent of Detroit in the premier shopping district of Manhattan’s SoHo. From laser cut sunglasses, classic timepieces, solid wood furniture and bespoke denim to delicate metal smithing, limited edition records, fine art prints- Detroit Built provides!

Michele Varian believes in trying to create sustainable manufacturing resources for the design community as a means to support future innovation. We are showing the world a selection of quality goods being built in Detroit proving it to be, once again, a place where great things are made. Varian’s store will be announcing a schedule of events and forums surrounding the topic of production in the USA.

[Featured Designers]

Alex Drew & No One*, Allison Vince, kem3D, Adora Bella Ceramics, Beard Balm, Ben Saginaw, Christine Bossler, Black Catalogue, Ciseal*, Cristin Richard, Cyberoptix, Dark Red, Detroit Denim, Detroit Rose*, Local Portion by Elysia Vandenbussche, Homes Eyewear, Hunt and Noyer, Laavu, Lead Head Glass*, Mirth, Quetarshe Textiles By Sheila M. Palmer, Salt and Cedar, Scott Hocking, Shinola, Smith Shop*, Tree-Purposed, Urban Solstice Designs, Well Done Goods, Wethouse, Wound Menswear.

*American Made finalist, an initiative from Martha Stewart that spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade.

Michele Varian Shop

27 Howard Street NY, NY 10013 212.343.0033

September 20th-October 20th 2014

Mon-Friday 11-7pm

Sat-Sunday 11-6pm


Check out a small preview selection of goods available below!