Fashionable Favorites That Define Detroit’s Style

Find your Detroit swagger with these local boutiques and brands.

Sam Richardson inside Hot Sam's Detroit clothing store
Hot Sam's Detroit | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

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Express yourself through fashion and culture, thanks to Detroit’s innovators and creators. Though this is by no means an exhaustive list of all the brands and boutiques that we love, consider it a starting point for your own journey through Detroit style.

Sam Richardson showed us the way to Hot Sam’s Detroit (no relation). This old-school haberdashery has had a long legacy in downtown Detroit since 1921. The current owners, Tony Stovall and Cliff G. Green, started out as salesmen and purchased Hot Sam’s in 1994 – steering it to its current status as a Detroit legend.

In Detroit’s New Center, Coup D’Etat occupies a historic Albert Kahn–designed space in the Cadillac Place building. Centered around style, this independent shop offers an eclectic array of clothing, beauty products, accessories and other goods – all under the vision of its owner, Angela Wisniewski, a longtime Detroit stylist.

Alchemy Detroit is all about small-batch fashion that moves seamlessly from brunch to the boardroom. This women-owned brand relies exclusively on high-quality, ethically sourced materials and celebrates American craftsmanship.

Spice up your home décor at Love Travels. Imports. Founder Yvette Jenkins sources artisan-made goods from around the globe, inspired by her love of travel and culture, and curates the collection for her Livernois Avenue shop.

In the city where it all began, Carhartt continues its tradition of durable and functional clothing. Located on Cass Avenue, Carhartt Detroit is set inside a historical building that was made from reclaimed lumber from Detroit homes and adorned by a mural painted by Detroiters.  

Now in its new flagship store in the heart of downtown Detroit, The Lip Bar was founded by Melissa Butler – made for people of color by people of color. Vegan, nontoxic beauty products are available in retail shops around the country as well as the Woodward Avenue store, where you can also partake in private consultations and special events.

Curious about more? Check out 7 Reasons Detroit Is a Fashion City and learn about more Black-owned businesses in Detroit’s famous Avenue of Fashion.