MOD 2023 Shop and See Press Release

Press Contact
Carrie Paveglio
Olu & Company
(586) 925-5546

For Immediate Release
June 6, 2023


  • Built on the success of its 2022 debut, the 2023 “Shop and See” will pair 10 local designers and artists with 10 retailers in downtown Detroit.

  • The program supports local entrepreneurs and connects the public with Detroit retailers and creatives.

DETROIT, MI June 6th –  Design Core, in partnership with Bedrock, announces the return of its “Shop and See” event series during the Detroit Month of Design, September 1 – 30, 2023. Ten local designers and brands will be paired with downtown retail shops to exhibit custom artwork, and provide visitors a chance to “Shop'' and "See" a collection of Detroit businesses and makers. 

The “Shop and See” program selects 10 designers and connects them with brands to collaborate and showcase installations during the design festival. Clustered in Detroit’s core, “Shop and See'' links local designers to downtown retailers -- creating new relationships and learning opportunities. It is also an exciting way to cultivate unique partnerships between retailers and the community, raising awareness of and elevating their businesses. 

An initial lineup of participating retailers & designers includes:

  1. James Johnson - Survived at 1226 Library St
  2. Natalie Pryor - The Lip Bar at 1435 Farmer St Suite 122
  3. Majesty Bland - Rebel Nell at 1435 Farmer Street #126
  4. Laura Jamies - Good Neighbor at 1435 Farmer St #115
  5. Tony Whlgn - Milk&Froth at 535 Griswold St Ste 112


As part of the broader Shop and See initiative, Design Core and Bedrock will host “Shop Downtown Detroit,” a one-day shopping experience on Saturday, September 23rd. Visitors will be able to join a walking tour where they’ll have exclusive access to meet design influencers at a “Shop and Sip” event plus exclusive in-store promotions. 


The Detroit Month of Design is produced by Design Core Detroit, an economic development non-profit organization housed within the College for Creative Studies. The festival was established in 2011 to connect creatives, introduce them to new markets and consumers, expose Detroit’s design aesthetic to worldwide audiences, and highlight the reason why Detroit is the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States.

The festival takes place throughout the City of Detroit and features a combination of outdoor and indoor experiences. Key program elements include a mix of sponsored, independently produced, and Design Core Signature Events that range from exhibitions, installations, product launches, lectures, panel discussions, tours, workshops and more. In 2022, the festival featured 175+ creatives, 80+ events, and engaged 50,000 attendees in various Detroit neighborhoods throughout the month. 


Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increase market demand for design services and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation and is part of the College for Creative Studies.



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