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Made in Detroit
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:08:44 PM »

...and I don't mean cars...

Stumbled on this a week or so ago,

www.shinola.com

I believe I'm gonna but a watch from them and CL like their leather goods.  I like the 'Made in Michigan / Detroit" thing.

Take a look, you'll like the stuff....
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2015, 07:21:39 AM »

We actually have an old thread on that company and their products....

http://monroetalks.com/forum/index.php?topic=27642.msg590509#msg590509

Glad you reminded me of it though so I could go back and watch this:

DOLLY PARTON | Shinola |
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2015, 09:23:28 AM »

I like their timepieces.  Not cheap but not a Rolex either.
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2015, 02:26:30 PM »

I really like the Black Blizzard Titanium.  I just can't see the $1,500 price tag.

Besides, I would destroy a watch on my wrist, anyways.  Between the grease, dust, chemicals and such that I'm constantly working in and around, it wouldn't last a month.

But it is a very nice looking watch.
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 03:39:35 PM »

I wonder how much of the watch needs to be made in Detroit before they can label it that way?
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2015, 08:31:50 PM »

I wonder how much of the watch needs to be made in Detroit before they can label it that way?

If you go on their site, there are some interesting video's and descriptions of how and where they are made.  The movements are Swiss but are assembled in Detroit under the watchful eyes of the Swiss.  It states where the bands are made (USA) and what parts are imported from China (very little).

Myself, I like the 3 dial chronograph with the blue face and yep, it's 1500 smackers.  Like Live, I'm hell on watches so it would be a watch for nice ocassions.  I'd really like a Rolex GMT Master with a stainless band and blue face and Milkins would love to sell me one, but I can't see spending 8 grand on  a watch.  I can do 1500 though.

They have some pretty snazzy bicycles too.  The Schwinn family builds the frames, all hand built and TIG and gas welded.  Quality always comes at a price....

I think it's good to support Michigan business, especially a business in Detroit.
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2015, 08:48:07 PM »

I have an old Accutron and a Geraud Peragux. I find it hard to wear them with the mostly casual clothes I wear now
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2015, 10:33:39 PM »

IMO, a Rolex is a statement of being 'arrived'.  A Timex is a statement of 'wanting to arrive but having a thin wallet'  Don't know where the Shinola watches fit in....

Curious name 'Shinola'.  Wasn't that a shoe polish years ago?
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2015, 10:43:11 PM »

Still is a shoe polish I think. But ever since the Army I've used Kiwi..I had a cushy job and spit shined my boots with it water and cotton balls
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2015, 11:02:11 PM »

Still is a shoe polish I think. But ever since the Army I've used Kiwi..I had a cushy job and spit shined my boots with it water and cotton balls

That brings back memories...  In high school I was what was called a 'greaser'.  Wore a 3/4 length black leather coat, Banlon shitrs, white socks and polyester pants...and spit shined Florshiem wing tips.  Spit shined with a silk cloth.  If you couldn't see your reflection in the tips....  You weren't 'in'....  DA haircut too.

Can't do that today, not much hair left...... ;D ;D
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2015, 08:11:27 AM »

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Former President Bill Clinton bought 14 of Shinola's watches, calling the company an American success story.[54][3] Other politicians have promoted the product, including current Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.[54]

Above from this Wiki article on the Detroit manufacturer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinola

The following Wiki article says the shoe polish company went out of business in 1960.  I also seem to remember it during my Army days though (69-71).  Maybe there was just that much of the product left in the supply chain.  I guess it would probably last forever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinola_(shoe_polish)
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2015, 11:03:07 AM »

I see, after reading the WIKI page, Shinola is owned by a Texas venture Capital company and that kind of turns me off.  I would prefer it to be owned and operated by local businessmen.
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2015, 11:04:09 AM »

Maybe my subject line should say..." Made in Detroit, Owned Elsewhere'.....
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2015, 11:24:17 AM »

I still have a pair of sz 11 Florsheim wings if you're interested. Pretty old too buy in great shape
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Re: Made in Detroit
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2015, 01:51:42 PM »

I still have a pair of sz 11 Florsheim wings if you're interested. Pretty old too buy in great shape

Nah.  I've outgrown the need....lol

Remember Thom McCan shoes?  Cheap, looked good and lasted maybe a week or less in the rain when the cardboard soles came apart?

The Chinese put them out of business...
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