Motor City Apparel: Detroit Branded Clothing and More

By: Scott Davis | March 6, 2015

In life, we sometimes discover or come across things that just exude a certain pride, dignity and sense of belonging that resonates with our own individuality. There are only a finite number of things that appeal to said emotions. So, when we see a cause, product, organization, etc. that speaks to us, we want it, or we want to be a part of it.

This is especially true with the popularity of local stores whose clothing and products are branded with Detroit. Surely, you’ve seen the shirts with quirky, comedic and truthful statements about the D, such as: “Detroit vs. Everybody,” “Detroit over Everything,” or “I’m so Detroit,” to name a few.

Even those of us from the suburbs are ready to give somebody a tongue-lashing when we hear visitors from other states talk negatively about the Motor City, and gladly rock the clothing items. There are several shops in the city of Detroit that carry these products. Here are a few to consider:

Pure Detroit has three locations within the city of Detroit: one in the Guardian Building, one in the Fisher Building and one in the Renaissance Center. It offers authentic Detroit apparel, accessories, gifts and more. Premium T-shirtsouterwearjewelry and pretty much everything you can think of with Detroit all over it, and I mean everything—even coasters and gear for your dog. Pure Detroit is definitely a favorite around town. It has been providing local culture items to Detroiters since 1998.

Ink Detroit has an abundance of stores throughout southeast Michigan selling its items. With several apparel options for menwomenchildren and, not to be outdone, dogs, Ink Detroit has something for Detroit lovers of all shapes and sizes. The store even sells awesome-looking skateboards. Stop by any of the stores and something is bound to catch your eye. Founded in 2005, Ink Detroit is the official trademark holder of “I Love Detroit” brand merchandise.

Detroit Clothing

(Photo provided by Christopher Gorski of DetroitGT)

DetroitGT serves 10 retail locations in Michigan, including The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley, and Michigan Artisans in Eastern Market. The company was founded by lifetime Detroiter and College of Creative Studies alumnus Christopher Gorski in 2003, and his “Thread Sled” shirt designs are produced right here in Detroit and Ferndale! You can also shop online through the Etsy store to find all of your Detroit needs. Check out the fleet of vehicles that DetroitGT uses, which includes several classic Chevys.

Made In Detroit also boasts a profusion of retailers carrying its products. It is backed by Metro Detroit’s own superstar, Robert Ritchie (that is Kid Rock’s real name, for those unaware). From long sleeve shirts to tank tops and everything in between, Made in Detroit provides a very wide selection of items for both women and men. Did I mention the “Badass Beer” collection? Check the new arrivals section to keep up with the latest apparel coming into the store.

Detroit Label Clothing Co. focuses on the nightlife style of Detroit, and you can see the store’s products being worn by disc jockeys and other Detroit culture trendsetters. With that being said, apparel such as hoodies, T-shirts and hats can all be purchased. The clothing company was founded in 2009 and resonates more with those who might consider themselves night owls. The company also produces other Detroit-branded items.

There is something about wearing a shirt that proclaims your love for Detroit. Depending on what brand is being rocked, it can make you proud, show your passion, let everyone else know that Detroit is on its way back to glory, or do all three. Just like that, you have a list of great establishments to check out. You can thank me later.