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100 Michigan-made (or designed!) products we love

December 16, 2020

From skincare to apparel to jewelry and beyond, check out 100 Michigan-made (or designed) products we love. Get ready to shop local…right from your couch!

Note to readers: We know this list barely scratches the surface of incredible products made or designed in Michigan — the items we’re featuring just happen to be some of our personal favorites. What did we miss? Comment at the bottom of the post, tag us on social media or email editor@seenthemagazine and let us know!

Skincare and Beauty Products

Northern Nail Polish 

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These natural, non-toxic nail polishes made in Traverse City come in Michigan-inspired colors and won’t harm you or the environment.

Ilera Apothecary Revitalizing Night Oil

A lightweight blend of oils will help your skin repair while you sleep. Made by hand in Detroit with natural ingredients sourced from their native Nigeria. This company is even partnered with the Global Shea Alliance, who work to make lives better for the rural African women who process Shea butter.  Read more about this incredible business in our SEEN Store Spotlight: Ilera Apothecary.

Cream Blends Body Butters

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Your dry winter skin will thank you for applying Cream Blends body butters, available in Lavender, Lemon, Mango, Michigan Cedar, Vanilla and many more scents.

Boubi Roz-Afza Rose Mist

A refreshing spritz of moisturizing, soothing rose water in the morning is guaranteed to start your day off right.

Kenna Nicole Thyme Balm

This balm is for your lips, skin and cuticles, but it’s easy on the eyes, too, thanks to its cute little tin.

Alchemy Pocket Perfumes

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Smell lovely on the go with all-natural pocket perfumes made in Ferndale by Monique, the artist and Aesthetician behind Alchemy.

Brow Jam by Wing Me Cosmetics

100 Made in Michigan Products We Love

Free of parabens, phthalates and other yucky stuff, Wing Me’s Brow Jam will help you finally achieve that perfect brow.

The Lip Bar100 Made in Michigan Products

Lip Bar lipsticks and glosses are vegan, cruelty-free and made in Detroit by boss lady Melissa Butler! If you haven’t tried them yet, don’t wait. Our favorite is, unsurprisingly, Bawse Lady (shown on both lighter skin and darker skin) and Baby Bellini (nude) . Read more about The Lip Bar and founder Melissa Butler in our profile on them:The Lip Bar Challenges the Beauty Standard

Detroit Rose Detox Clay Mask 

100 Michigan Made Products We Love

This purifying mask made with French green clay and kaolin clay will draw out impurities from your skin.

 

Lavender Lane Farm Hemp Lover Gift Set

100 Made in Michigan Products

This local, organic lavender farm produces high quality self-care products from oils and lotions to CBD products and honey. This Hemp Lovers gift set includes Lavender / Hemp (CBD) creme, hemp oil and a lavender hemp roll on. It’s currently on sale for the holidays at $86.99 (regularly $94.99)!

Dirty Girl Farms Cinnaginger Mint Lip Scrub and Lip Balm Set

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Dirty Girl Farms was founded in the 90’s when natural skincare products were hard to come by. Now they produce hundreds of products all made with the highest quality ingredients. We particularly love the lip scrubs and lip balms!

Kinderhaven Farm Natural Choice Deodorant

Looking for a natural product to keep you smelling fresh? Kinderhaven Farm, based in west Michigan, has perfected the formula for natural deodorant.

 

Fashion, Apparel and Accessories

Deviate Fashion Denim Trench Coat

Calling all fashionistas: This jacket from Detroit’s Deviate label was only made in limited quantities. Snatch it up while it lasts! You can read more about Deviate and it’s founders in Designing Women: The Duo Behind Detroit Label Deviate and find out why they were chosen as 2020 SEEN Changemakers in the Arts & Entertainment category.

Pingree Detroit The Mayor Sneaker 

Made out of sustainable, upcycled leather from the auto industry, these unisex sneakers are the latest offering from Pingree Detroit. They’re so hot that they’re sold out for the rest of the year. Click here to be added to the waiting list and read more about how Pingree Detroit Aims to Disrupt the Leather Waste Cycle.

 

Genusee Water Warrior Sunglasses

These sunglasses are stylish, unique — and sustainably made from recycled water bottles.  What’s more, Genusee is on a mission to reduce local plastic waste and they create living wage jobs for Flint residents. Read more about Genusee in our profile Ali Rose VanOverbeke Gives Back with Glasses from Flint Water Bottles.

Gettees Heavyweight Long sleeved Tee

This wardrobe staple can be worn alone or underneath sweaters, jackets, vests, etc. Best part: It’s made in Detroit. Read all about founder Mathew Hunt and Gettees in our profile Michigan-Based Clothing Brand Gettees Makes Your Favorite T-Shirt, But Better.

K. Walker Co Elite Pullover Hoodie in Yellow 

This hoodie is cozy and warm and the perfect pop of color for your leisure wardrobe. It also comes in black. Read more about the very cool designer behind the brand in 20 Questions with Ken Walker.

Conscious Clothing Everybody Cinema Pants

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Conscious Clothing  is a family run company that makes sustainable, handmade clothing using eco-friendly materials and low impact dyes. Check out these pants, which  are made from organic cotton and look great on everybody.

Rosemarine Textiles Tie-Dyed Socks


Hand-dyed from plants, each pair of these handmade socks is a little bit unique and good for the planet!

W By Crystal White Workout Wear

We love the athleisure/sportswear by Crystal White. In addition to these cute sets for women, she also has great joggers and sweatshirts for men.

Wolverine Boot Co 1000 Boot 

These boots were made for walking — literally. The Wolverine Boot Company has been around in Michigan since 1883 and this was the original boot style.

Alchemy Detroit The Jacqueline (Schoolboy) Blazer

A perfect wool schoolboy blazer by Alchemy Detroit is the “forever piece” you won’t regret. 

William Malcolm Collection Vintage Book Page Lapel Kandy

For the dapper dude in your life who wants to make a statement and show off his smarts! In addition to his smart accessories, you can really up your game with a bespoke suit. Find out more in our Style Profile: Fashion Designer William Malcolm. 

Lawrence Hunt Performance Dress Shirts

Lawrence Hunt dress shirts will keep any guy cool and dry. No armpit sweat stains to see here!  Read more about how the founder came up with the concept and partnered with pro athletes to grow the brand in our SEEN Store Spotlight: Lawrence Hunt. 

Cyberoptix Fleur-de-lis Silk Necktie

Cyberoptix creates beautiful ties in Detroit with everything from classic prints like the Fleur-de-lis to funky styles to suit any guy’s taste.

Charing Cross Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

 

Everyone needs a great leather jacket. This one is vegan (yay!) and made by local designer Michelle Lobsinger and her slow fashion brand Charing Cross.  

Diop Sokka Face Mask

Love the Diop prints, the education behind the prints about cultural appropriation and the fact that a portion of proceeds is donated to local organizations in need. Currently we are crushing on the Sokka print! Read more about the story behind this very cool company in 20 Questions with Detroit Designer and Diop Co-Founder Mapate Diop.

Not Sorry Apparel

This eco-friendly brand makes apparel and masks with inclusive messaging: Detroit Not Sorry, Queer Not Sorry and Black Not Sorry are the main taglines. Those are messages we can all get behind.

Shop Good Neighbor Unisex Detroit Tee

The Detroit Tee from Shop Good Neighbor is our absolute fave. Best. White. Tee. Ever. Read more about the founder and store in Detroit Has a Good Neighbor

Détroit is the New Black Woodward Tee V-neck 

We love a V-neck tee and this one is chic, just like DITNB founder Roslyn Karamoko. Read more about the fashionable founder and her mission in Détroit Is the New Black Aims to Represent all Detroiters.

Smplfd Supremes T-Shirt

A tee with a  photo of the iconic Supremes. Enough said.

Detroit Vs Everybody 

Created by Tommey Walker, Detroit Vs Everybody is a celebrity favorite for a reason. (If we must elaborate, its apparel has strong, clear and supportive messaging with great quality and design.) Our personal favorite is the Everybody Vs Injustice, available in sweatshirts, t-shirts and face masks. Learn more about Tommey and how Detroit Vs Everybody has given back and grown in our profile on How Detroit Brands are Weathering COVID 19.

Merit Goodness  Knowledge is Power sweatshirt

100 Made in Michigan Products We Love

Merit is all about supporting and representing Detroit youth: 20% of its proceeds goes to Give Merit, the company’s non-profit arm which provides college scholarships and mentoring to underserved youth. Read more about Merit’s founder, its mission and how you can help here.

Merit Goodness Detroit Ain’t Done sweatpants

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York Project Workwear Beanie

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Supporting the York Project is a no brainer: for every purchase, a kit is provided to the homeless. Anyway, it’s winter, you need a hat and their classic Workwear Beanie will never go out of style. Available in a variety of colors. To learn more about the York Project and how you can get involved, read our profile Josh York Creates Streetwear to Empower Detroit’s Less Fortunate.

Michigan Mittens

Keep your hands warm while representing our Great Lakes state with these super-cute mittens.

Carhartt Duck Bib Overalls

100 Michigan Made Products We Love

Anyone who loves the outdoors will dig these classic bib overalls. (And when we say classic, we mean it — Carhartt has been around since 1889!) Available in multiple colors for both men, women and kids.

 

Moosejaw Lakeside Dress

The perfect summer dress works great over a bathing suit or by itself. You can even throw on a blazer and wear it to work!

Brightlytwisted Detroit Tie Dye Comfort Set

Detroit-based Brightlytwisted churns out stylish tie-dyed sweatshirts, joggers, masks and more. Check out their full story in our article Brightlytwisted Tie Dye Celebrates 1-year Anniversary in Corktown.

Jewelry

Shinola Runwell Chrono 47 MM Watch

A classic timepiece, designed and assembled right here in the Motor City. Read more about this cool company and it’s powerhouse CEO, Shannon Washburn who happened to be featured in our 2nd annual Women SEEN issue and spoke at our signature Women SEEN conference: A Woman SEEN Making an Impact: Shannon Washburn.

Goldeluxe Turquoise Mina Hoop Earrings 

With geometric shapes, and clean, elegant lines, Goldeluxe jewelry offers beautiful, handmade pieces that will never go out of style. Our favorite item? The turquoise Mina hoops. 

Zenophora Objects Aum Ring II


This gorgeous ring features a raw, uncut diamond that has been ethically sourced. 

Everclear Gold Hoops from Elaine B Jewelry  

Every woman needs the perfect pair of gold hoops. These are it. Find out more about the designer behind the brand in Elaine B. Jewerly Creates Stories One Ring at a Time.

Mary Van der Aa Atomic Love Sapphire Ring

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As an alternative to a traditional engagement ring (or just a ring you buy for yourself!), we cannot stop coveting this gorgeous sapphire piece by artist Mary Van Der Aa.

Vazje Rovena Braclet

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This gold, chunky chain-link bracelet will be a go-to for years to come.

Rebell Nell Grafitti Antonio Cuff Links

These must-have cuff links are made from actual layers of fallen graffiti paint in Detroit. Read about their story and unique process for making one-of-a-kind jewelry in our profile article, Rebell Nell.

Anuja Tolia Trance Color Ring


We love the colorful gemstones in Anuja Tolia’s designs. This ring is a rainbow for your finger. Find out more about the designer in 20 Questions with Jewelry Designer Anuja Tolia. 

Bags and Purses

Pure Detroit Seatbelt Bag

Made from automotive seat belts, nothing says Motor City in a cooler way.

Gemini Handmade Leather and Waxed Canvas Tote

The husband-and-wife owners of Grand Rapids-based Gemini Handmade make incredible handcrafted bags and goods through their own separate businesses, Harbinger Leather Design and Littlewings Designs. This bag is sturdy and will last a lifetime.

North of Grey Six Collection Match Bag

This bag by North of Grey luxury handbag company is at the very top of our wish list. Chic, elegant and timeless.

 

Oliver Thomas Kitchen Sink Tote 

 

These bags are seriously cool and we love that the brand is named after the founder’s dog! All bags are vegan, water resistant, machine washable, and include an R F I D – Blocking Technology Pocket and secret zip compartment in the bottom. Get the whole story behind the brand in A Dog and A Dream: Oliver Thomas Offers Handbags for all Essentials.

 Mira Estell Black Simone Belt Bag 

Hands-free and chic? Yes, please! All of the bags by Mira Estell are on our wish list, but especially this belt bag, which is made of snake-embossed, vegan leather and can be worn as a cross-body or belt bag. Get to know the founder in our SEEN Store Spotlight: Mira Estell 

Superior Wilderness Designs Custom Hiking Backpacks

Calling all hikers and outdoor lovers! Did you know you can have a custom backpack handmade for your specifications? These packs are super lightweight and made by serious hikers for serious hikers. Perfect for your next trip Up North.

Home Goods and Furniture

Lake Superior Woolen Company Wool Throw Blanket

These blankets are made from virgin wool, sheared right from the sheep at several family farms in Northern Michigan. Not only do the blankets offer superior warmth, but they also help support family farms and local businesses.

TAIT Design Co Desk Clock

A minimal and artfully designed clock, made in Detroit. Also available in tangerine, rose, sunshine and glacier blue. Read the story behind the business in TAIT Design Co. Gives Vintage Toys a Comeback. 

Gabrielle Soltis Basket Bowls

We’re obsessed with these ceramic basket bowls by artist Gabrielle Soltis. Find her work locally at Detroit Artists Market, Post Detroit, or on her Etsy shop.

Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic Pottery is known for their handmade tiles, which are frequently used in some of the area’s most beautiful, historic homes. They still make those tiles but their artisans also make handcrafted vases, mugs and other art d’objets. We especially love their collection of elegant vases.

Detroit Wall Paper Co Wallpaper

Jazz up a room — or even a single wall — with the phenomenal designs by The Detroit Wallpaper Co.

Camera Jesus Mini Canvas, Puzzle or Print

Detroit based photographer Joe Gall, aka Camera Jesus, takes incredible photographs of the city as well as jaw-dropping nature shots and aerial footage. Much of his work is available for purchase as mini canvases, larger prints, or even puzzles! Read more about the man behind the lens in Sure Shot: Camera Jesus Captures Detroit and follow him on social media to tag along on his incredible adventures.

Post Detroit / Mutual Adoration Pressed Flower Kit

Make your own beautiful art with this pressed flower kit by Mutual Adoration, the design duo behind Post Detroit. Read more about Post Detroit and the incredible haven they have created for artists and those of us who love to get crafty!

Detroit Pet Portraits custom painting of your pet

Turn your pooch into a work of art! Hamtramck based artist Alice V. Schneider will create a custom painting of your dog/cat/pet with a unique background in just 4 – 6 weeks.

Bloomscape Easy Peasy Plant Collection

This set of easy-to-care-for plants will arrive safely at your door along with directions on how to keep them alive. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. You can reach out to the “Plant Mom Team” with any questions. Get the full story on the founder, Justin Mast and how he created a national company from the ground up in our article Bloomscape Sends Potted Plants Straight to your Doorstep. 

Kiloh & Co Detroit Script Mug

This is our favorite Detroit mug. It’s so popular, in fact, that you may have to give your email address to be notified when it’s back in stock.

Michigan Things (or Detroit Things) Mugs from City Bird

100 Made in Michigan Products We Love

Brother-and-sister design duo Andy and Emily Linn founded City Bird in 2005 and have since created hundreds of cool products we adore. The Michigan Things and Detroit Things mugs are at the very top of our list and can be seen around our office every day.

Kate Lewis Ceramics Tall Red Mug

We love to fill our cupboards with beautiful, interesting mugs from different artists and our own travels. This one by ceramicist Kate Lewis is particularly gorgeous (it holds 20 oz.).

Iconic Detroit Michigan Themed Coasters

These coasters are made of durable stone with the cutest designs.

12th and Viv Hudson’s Candle

Founded by a licensed esthetician, 12th and Viv specializes in organic, hand-crafted products made in small batches to ensure the highest quality.

Kalamazoo Candle Company Balsam and Cedar candle tin

The Kalamazoo Candle Company’s Balsam & Cedar candle is like taking a walk in the woods.

Sister Pie Cookbook 

Sister Pie’s yummy pies and baked goods sell out lighting-fast for a reason. Get the cookbook and replicate some of the deliciousness they serve up everyday!

Held Ceramics Spiky Planter

We love this planter locally made by Detroit artist Carrie Hause. She has many styles and colors to choose from but we just can’t resist this spiky version in light rose.

Worthwhile Paper Co. Notebooks or Cards

Ypsilanti-based artist Kristen Drozdowski designs and makes these eco-friendly, screen-printed paper goods. 

Gwen Frostic Mini Calendar

Gwen Frostic makes beautiful paper goods, art, home goods and trinkets all inspired by nature. These mini-calendar pages are beautiful enough to frame!

 

Furniture

Steelcase Dash USB Task Lamp 

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This well-known furniture company makes some of the best-looking and functional office furniture there is. The desk lamp provides excellent LED light and it can charge your devices, too. Available in several colors. 

Floyd Furniture

Detroit-designed and U.S.-made, this sustainable furniture is super cool. Read more about their story in Floyd is Giving Furniture New Respect.

Hunt & Noyer Solomon Bench

Clean lines, beautiful wood and the perfect spot to put on your shoes or set down your bag.

 Great Lakes Reclaimed Tables and Dining Sets

Want an envy-inspiring custom table and benches or chairs? Look no further than Petoskey builder Jim of Great Lakes Reclaimed.

Woodward Throwbacks Reclaimed Furniture

Woodward Throwbacks is a treasure trove of beautifully restored and reclaimed furniture and architectural relics. Founded by Detroit residents Bo Shepherd and Kyle Dubay, the company makes pieces to drool over.

Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair

Form, function and a thing of beauty! The clean lines of a classic Eames chair by the famed Herman Miller will never go out of style. Available in a variety of colors.

Alex Drew & No One Tusk Candlesticks

An investment piece for sure, this pair of candlesticks by Detroit-based designers Alex Drew & No One will make you feel all lit up inside.

Möbell Link Modern Furniture Motion Chair

This award-winning chair is hand-crafted in Detroit from sustainable wood. It’s a custom order but well worth the wait.

La-Z-boy Talladega Rocking Recliner

Behold the iconic La-Z-boy recliner! Fun fact: This genius living-room staple came out of Monroe, where La-Z-boy is based.

 

Food and Beverages

Germack Pistachio’s 

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Germack began roasting nuts in 1924 in Eastern Market, giving them lots of time to perfect these pistachios.

Teffola Granola 

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This granola is made by a local family farm with Teff, a gluten-free ancient grain. Pick from original, Berry Burst, and Chocolate Charm.

Zingerman’s Creamery Pimento Cheese Spread

Anything from Zingerman’s is a home run, but this creamy, delicious pimento cheese spread is tops!

Farm Country Cheese House All Natural Artisan Cheese and Meats

Cheese and meat are the perfect pair, end of discussion.

Mike’s Mustard

These delicious, handmade, gourmet mustards come in four flavors: Original, Cherry, Lemon Dill, Jalapeño and BBQ! All are made in Charlevoix, Michigan.

The Original Murdicks Fudge 

Mackinac Island’s best fudge.

 

American Spoon Holiday Jam 

There isn’t a thing from American Spoon that isn’t delicious. Try the Holiday Jam, or our personal fave, the Red Haven Peach Preserves. Your tastebuds will thank you.

Sander’s Hot Fudge

There has never been a better topping for ice cream than Sander’s hot fudge. Try the Hot Fudge Cream Puff at the Sander’s store in downtown Rochester. You’re welcome.

Mitch Albom’s Brown Bag Popcorn

Popcorn. Made in Detroit. Proceeds to Detroit charities. BOOM.

Nakee Butter IQ Cacao and Peanut Butter spread

Just open the pouch, squeeze into your mouth, and achieve bliss. This locally made spread is not only delicious, but made from just a few natural ingredients you can pronounce. Also, who couldn’t love a company with a tagline as good as “spreads with benefits”?!

Scotty O’ Hotty Ghost Sauce 

Super spicy hot sauce lovers must try the Scotty O’ Hotty Ghost sauce! It’s made in Inskter and will burn off some tastebuds.

McClures Pickles 

If you haven’t had the classic garlic and dill pickles from McClure’s family recipe yet, you’re missing out! 

Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Special Salsa

Our favorite salsa is a little sweet, full of fresh cilantro — and made in Ferndale.

Bon Bon Bon chocolates

 It’s impossible to choose just one little bon flavor. Build a box of amazingness and then tell us your favorites. 

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co Coffee

Great coffee, great company.

Ashe Coffee’s Cold Brew

Cold brew lovers must check out Ashe Coffee’s cold brew. Pick it up at their location or shop online through Peddler Delivery.

Ellis Island Iced Tea

 

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Delicious iced tea in sweet or unsweetened versions, made in Detroit by boss babe Nailah Ellis-Brown.

Casamara Club Italian Style Sodas

Casamara Club founder Jason LaValla ditched his corporate law gig to dive into the beverage industry — now he’s making a splash in Detroit and beyond with his all-natural, Italian-inspired sodas. Read more about it in 20 Questions with Casamara Club Founder Jason LaValla.

Valentine Vodka White Blossom Vodka

Vodka distilled with elderflower and grapefruit. Mmm. You can read more about Valentine Vodka and others like it in Cheers to Michigan: 11 Distilleries to try in Metro Detroit and Drink Up! A Guide to Detroit’s Distillery Scene. 

Cherry Republic “Our Cherry Best” Wine Bundle

Cherry Republic is putting its best foot forward with this selection of its most popular wines, including the full-flavored Conservancy, complex Balaton, festive Sangria, and warming Spiced Wine.

Mawby Sparkling Redd

Redd is Mawby’s not-too-dry, not-too-sweet sparkling red. Order some for friends — and a few for yourself. Even better, take a trip to Mawby on the Leelanau Peninsula and try all the wines. You can also read more about Mawby and other great vineyards in Michigan’s Wine Country.

 

What other Michigan-made products should be on our radar? Comment below or tag us on social media to let us know!

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5 Comments

  • Maya Cameron
    December 16, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Surprised not to see http://www.tharasacra.com featured. Handcrafted, unique, beautiful branding. Can’t imagine how you are not aware of them.

  • Amy Gill
    December 16, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Hey Maya!
    Thank you for sharing – as we said at the beginning of the article – this list is by no means inclusive of ALL of the incredible made or designed in Michigan products. This is just 100 of our favorites. We will be sure to check out Thara Sacra.

  • Darcy Andrews
    December 16, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Definitely check out http://www.tharasacra.com/! Her products are amazing. I literally have to fight the urge to eat her oils because of the incredible smell.

  • Ashley
    December 17, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    Great list! Michigan Rattles and Michigan pacifier clips can be found at mibabyteethers.com !!

  • Lisa Crosby
    December 22, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    I would also vote for Thara Sacra! I went to a day workshop for Ground at OmSeeker at The Collective at True North, and it was inspired! And the scalp massage balm is heaven! And anything Radiate – will make you do just that!

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