This, is a SMALL HARD LINEN JOURNAL from a company based in Detroit, called Shinola.
The American-made journals, handcrafted in Ann Arbor, MI, are made from entirely US-sourced components. Smyth sewn binding, a superior binding technique that greatly improves overall durability and extends the lifespan of the journal, while enabling the pages to lie perfectly flat. Acid-free paper from sustainably-managed American forests.
* I first got hip to Shinola, actually, about 2 1/2 years ago. A buddy of mine had moved to the D and he knows that I am in to watches. He’d seen some advertisement around town and he forwarded me their website. If I recall correctly, at the time, they just made watches and they were starting the bike thing. Maybe they were making other stuff already, but their website wasnt fully flushed out. Either way, I just remembered the watches. I thought there were a little bit pricey for a brand that I’d never heard of but I thought they were beautiful. I kept an eye on Shinola, signed up for their mailing list but never bought anything from them.
I hadn’t planned on going out to Detroit any time soon, I’ve never been there, and didn’t have anything coming up… so it was going to be difficult to get my hands on one of the watches to look at. So, as they started making other products, I’ve waited until I saw something that would be a good entry product. Then, I saw their journals. And I ordered 4 of them. Two of the small ones and one medium. I’d going to say that these are perfect. They are out-standing. If the rest of their products are made with this attention to detail and craftsmanship, this company is going to be around and be around for a generation.
Something like this, is important to us. As you know. We are based in Los Angeles. We are heavy on this Los Angeles and America thing. We take pride in Bumpy Pitch shirts are All-Los-Angeles-Everything* and we love that Shinola is repping Detroit like they are.
I happened to find their youtube page today and saw this nice video on the journals. Wow, so much going in to making these books. Check that video out, and then there is a video at the end of the post that gives you some background on the Shinola story and fills in the “wheres” and the “whys”.
Edwards Brothers Malloy is a family run printing business that has been a premier maker of books and journals since 1893. Shinola’s hard and soft cover journals are made here, in Ann Arbor, with only the highest quality materials and utmost attention to detail.
I’ll be buying more things from SHINOLA. And I will definitely be buying one of their watches. Now, I just need to fill my journals with brilliant things…
This video here is from Mashable from about 6 months ago.
Behind Detroit’s economic troubles, there are dedicated citizens looking to resurrect Detroit as the Great American City. And when there’s a will, there’s a way. Jacques Panis is one of the individuals helping to make Motor City a Great American City once again. – Mashable
* We aren’t 100% LA, but basically 99%. We’ve done a few collabs over the course of time that we’ve been around that have not been exclusively Los Angeles based for a myriad of reasons – but we make sure to exhaust every possible chance before going in a different direction.
** Love the name. I have a feeling that it goes pretty deep. Especially with Detroit and what it was, what it appears to be to outsiders, and what it actually is… and they you take the old saying. I have a feeling there is some of that in there.