A Perfect Day: Daniel Caudill’s Detroit


By Out.com Editors

The creative director of Shinola talks about his favorite spots in the Motor City

Photo courtesy of Shinola

At a time when many people were deserting Detroit for lack of opportunities, Montana native Daniel Caudill moved to the Motor City thanks to a career boost. As creative director of Shinola, the booming watch, bicycle, and leather goods manufacturer — which set up its factory and headquarters in a section of a former GM research lab three years ago — Caudill seized the chance to become part of a revival. “I think of Detroit as the equivalent of the Lower East Side in New York in the ’70s or Seattle in the ’90s,” he says. “They’re places in transition, where great people meet a vibrant art scene and generally have great energy.” Here, Caudill shares his favorite spots in his new hometown.