A-List: Best Bets for July
ONE // The new Detroit Mercantile Co. in Eastern Market’s FD Lofts, a 1917 fire-department building, carries a wide array of home goods, furnishings, and gifts in a stylish setting with antique oriental rugs on the floor. For sale are American/Michigan/local products: retro metal signs, handmade jewelry, antiques (including an 1877 Detroit street map), posters, custom local-theme pillows, T-shirts, paper goods, Carhartt gear, and bicycles. Pictured: “Lovey Doveys” Décor-a-Board, $25. 3434 Russell, Detroit; detroitmercantile.com.
TWO // Sisters-in-law Marla Tapper Young and Leora Tapper wanted their new store, Marlee’s by Tapper’s, to be “a space where sisters, mothers, and daughters or best friends will love to come to shop and browse.” Offerings at the accessories boutique include jewelry, handbags, belts, and scarves from Alexis Bittar, John Hardy, Judith Ripka, Movado Bold, Michele Watches, the Michigan-based Marlaina Stone and Lisa Freede, and others. Quartz and vermeil Capri earrings, $60. Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi; 248-380-9900; marleesstyle.com.
THREE // In 2015, the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) will have been on Madison downtown for 100 years, although a clubhouse on Woodward dated to 1888. The DAC as a social mecca didn’t take shape until 1915, when the Albert Kahn-designed building opened. The Enduring Legacy of The Detroit Athletic Club: Driving the Motor City, by Ken Voyles and Mary Rodrique (The History Press, $19.99), is engaging, and the subtitle rings true. When the DAC relocated, members controlled more than 90 percent of the world’s auto production. At bookstores.
FOUR // A stylish Canadian export has arrived in Troy. Aritzia, a women’s boutique founded in Vancouver, carries a selection of key trends and brands. The focus is “on-trend, beautifully designed clothes,” says CEO Brian Hill. Shoppers will find leather jackets by Mackage, silk crepe de Chine blouses by T. Babaton, sweaters by Rag & Bone, and denim by Current/Elliott. Wilfred Emmanuelle Dress in silk crepe de Chine, $180, at Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-458-0955; aritzia.com.
FIVE // It’s high time for affordable watches that balance durability and style. RUBR offers unisex, lightweight, water-resistant timepieces with interchangeable silicone straps in a rainbow of colors to match whim and wardrobe. Embrace summer time with style that’s functional enough to go to the beach. $25-$30; rubrwatchnation.com.
SIX // Tiffany & Co. is celebrating 175 years of designing elegant jewelry and accessories. Among them is this Tiffany “Smart Zip” wallet in signature Tiffany blue. The petite accessory, which can hold a cell phone, cash, I.D., and credit cards, is made of glazed crocodile with palladium-plated solid-brass hardware; the interior is leather. It has one cell-phone compartment, a center slip pocket, and three slip pockets inside the zipper closure. $995. Also available in espresso. Tiffany & Co., Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-637-2800, tiffany.com.