Detroit Built Co x Detroit SOUP dinner December 13th 7:00pm-9pm
Join Us For Some Soup!
Detroit SOUP will be hosted by Detroit Built Co at Michele Varian Shop, Soho, NYC, December 13th, starting at 7:00pm. Forum and Talk starts at 7:30pm.
Besides a hearty, warm cup of delicious soup, glasses of spirit and some of Detroit's very own Sister Pie for dessert, we will be hosting a forum to talk about the craft manufacturing movement that has been happening in Detroit, Michele's hometown. Amy Kaherl, founder of Detroit SOUP will be joining us, along with a representative from PonyRide, one of Detroit's sustainable, subsidized Maker's Spaces, who will be highlighting some of Ponyride's Makers unique approaches.
We will have some of the Makers join us as well and will be previewing some of the product coming to Detroit Built Co.
About Detroit Built Co. is a partnership between Michele and her fellow Detroit ex-pat, Jay Norris. Both of them grew up in Detroit and still have family and some of our dearest friends there. Michele curated a Detroit Built Pop-Up Shop at her shop in Soho back in 2014, showcasing the work of over 30 Detroit based Designer/makers. The products ranged from Denim to Leather Goods, Ceramics, Lighting and Furntiure and much more.
The decision for Michele and Jay to partner in order to make a permanent Detroit Built Co. was made this summer, when they were both in Detroit at the same time. Jay's background in branding and retail development, paired with Michele's deep knowledge of design and craft manufacturing will help bring the story of the new Detroit Manufacturing to a broader audience, starting with NYC.
Detroit Denim Co.
The founder of Detroit Denim, Eric Yelsma, will be joining us to present his high-craftsman approach to jeans.
Using the finest quality components, all sourced from American companies (except for special limited runs that may use Japanese selvedge).
Handmade in Detroit, by Detroiters.
To expose the myth that it’s impossible to create a sustainable jeans business domestically. And help diversify the manufacturing base of Detroit, by producing a line of men’s jeans like no other.
About Detroit SOUP: www.detroitsoup.com
- a collaborative situation
- a public dinner
- a platform for connection
- a safe space
- a democratic experiment in micro-funding
- a relational hub bringing together various creative communities
- a forum for critical but accessible discussion
- an opportunity to support creative people in Detroit
Detroit SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Detroit. For a donation $5 attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress.
About Ponyride: www.ponyride.orgPonyride’s mission is to provides social capital to a diverse group of artists, creative entrepreneurs and makers that are committed to working together to make our communities in Detroit sustainable.
Ponyride is a study to see how the foreclosure crisis can have a positive impact on our communities. Using an ‘all boats rise with the tide’ rent subsidy, we are able to provide inexpensive space for socially-conscious artists and entrepreneurs to work and share knowledge, resources and networks. We purchased a 30,000 square-foot warehouse for $100,000 and offer space for $0.65 per square-foot, which includes the cost of utilities. We have over 45 organizations in the space in addition to individuals and businesses utilizing the co-working space.
Our evening with Detroit Built is to highlight some of our makers with their unique approaches.