Shinola Opens in Big New Space at 14th and R – Filson Coming Soon to old Space

1631 14th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Shinola has opened in their new larger space at the corner of 14th and R St, NW. Standby for Filson coming to the old space down the block:

1534 14th Street, NW

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  • This is the “small plate” equivalent for consumer goods. (Though I guess you could say that just about every new place that pops up on 14th these days.)

  • So Shinola is basically being replaced with Shinola without a bicycle?

    • No – Filson is an actual made in the USA brand that has been around for years before being popular by the hipster, Hollywood, and urban sets. It has been a Seattle/PNW staple for more than 100 years.

      • Basically you don’t know the real sh#t from Shinola.

      • Both are “made in America,” but I always thought Filson was more of an Eddie Bauer competitor, concentrating on rugged/outdoors equipment. Shinola positions itself as more of an exercise in style/design.

        • They have common ownership. Filson is one of those back of the New Yorker brands, but their stuff is a bit more practical than Shinola. They are a sort of higher end counterpart to LL Bean or Orvis. Not everything is made in the US. Shinola assembles in the US but components are foreign. This is only slightly less disingenuous that Arcterx’s “made in Vancouver” claims (at least half their stuff is made in China).

          • Shinola has been pretty open about sourcing components from foreign suppliers, I think it is pretty common knowledge at this point. I work for a small technology manufacturer that does the same thing. I love the US, but our labor force is expensive. Sometimes you have to make some degree of compromise in order to be competitive. Regardless of how much they foreign source, you can’t argue that their Detroit operation has been anything but a positive economically for that city. Could it be “more” positive? Maybe. But that isn’t really a fair argument.

          • It’s not like they’re employing hundreds of people. Also, the value of manufacturing, historically, has been that it stimulates related jobs usually involving component parts or specialty trades related to the manufacturing process itself–machine shops and other metal working, plus the service businesses that benefit from being close to a large employer. Car plants still do this even with foreign made parts as components which is why they are prized. In other words, these boutiquey business are tokenism of the highest order and I wouldn’t be surprised if labor costs are trivial in the large scheme of things for high margin products like these. I recall reading the very small savings Nike realized when they off-shored jobs decades ago–cancelling some second string endorsement deals would have realized the same savings.

  • The fact that they kept “Come Unto Me” on this building is just embarrassing.

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