In honor of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Robb Report produced the following videos, which spotlight Detroit’s exciting comeback. From grassroots entrepreneurs to established brands to a bourgeoning cultural scene, luxury has returned to the Motor City.
Seven Life-Size Cars Carved Out of Ice to Celebrate the 2016 Detroit Auto Show [VIDEO]
Ice carver Chad Harston and his team recreated seven legendary vehicles from giant blocks of ice, including the 1961 Chrysler 300G, and delivered them to the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
In honor of NAIAS 2016, Robb Report is spotlighting Detroit’s exciting comeback. From grassroots entrepreneurs to established brands to a bourgeoning cultural scene, luxury has returned to the Motor City.
The American Car Museum Takes Classic Cars on a Cross-Country Drive to Detroit [VIDEO]
For “The Drive Home,” David Madeira of the American Car Museum, Rod Alperts, executive director of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), and other enthusiasts underwent a 2,900-mile journey from Tacoma, Wash., to Detroit. During the drive, these classic American cars endured January’s adverse weather conditions to arrive in Detroit in time for NAIAS.
Shinola Brings the New Face of American-Made Luxury and Design to Detroit [VIDEO]
When people ask Heath Carr, COO of Shinola, why the company opened a manufacturing facility in Detroit, his response is, “Why not?” Located in General Motor’s original design center, Shinola’s factory in Detroit produces watches, bicycles, bags, and other leather goods. Karr says that the items Shinola’s portfolio are designed for people who appreciate beautiful, American-made products. Shinola is one of many companies that are bolstering the Motor City’s return to greatness. (shinola.com)
The Selden Standard Restaurant Is Helping Elevate Detroit’s Blossoming Dining Scene [VIDEO]
Andy Hollyday, chef at the Selden Standard, envisions his eatery as a neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Detroit’s once-rough Cass Corridor. Hollyday and his team combine fresh ingredients with bold flavors to create a seasonal menu, working with young local farmers who are catalysts in developing the city’s blighted areas. Selden Standard features locally sourced produce at their peak of ripeness and freshness. (seldenstandard.com)
Fashion Designer John Varvatos Discusses How Detroit Inspired His Sense of Style [VIDEO]
The John Varvatos boutique in downtown Detroit is an experiential space for the designer’s hometown. Replete with Fender Stratocaster guitars, Marshall amps, vinyl records, and Varvatos’ signature fashion items, the store embodies the true soul of Detroit. (johnvarvatos.com)
Sculptor Robert Sestok Brings the Art of Steel and Iron to Detroit [VIDEO]
“The art scene in Detroit has just exploded,” says sculptor Robert Sestok when commenting on his works showcased in the City Sculpture Park, one of numerous new public art displays in Detroit. Sestok, who works primarily with welded recycled metals, is among several local artists contributing to the Motor City’s bourgeoning art scene, which has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. Watch the video to learn more. (citysculpture.org)
Urban Tree Farms Bring the Beauty of Nature to Detroit [VIDEO]
Hanz Farms Detroit has made huge efforts to plant trees in the city, replacing abandoned properties and dilapidated buildings in order to inject nature and beauty into the urban setting and help revitalize communities. With more than 35,000 trees planted to date, all without displacing any residents, Hanz Farms strives to plant 300,000. (hantzfarmsdetroit.com)
Artist Olayami Dabls Helps Enliven African Culture in Detroit [VIDEO]
Creating beauty amidst chaos inspired artist Olayami Dabls to convert some of Detroit’s dilapidated buildings into large-scale art installations. Dabls utilizes four primary materials—iron, rock, wood, and mirrors—which have important ties to African culture. An example of his work is Detroit’s MBAD’s bead gallery. Watch the video to learn more. (mbad.org)