President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit-Based Shinola

President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit-Based Shinola

President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit Based Shinola   watch industry news

President Bill Clinton, founder of Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation, visited Shinola in Detroit today. The Foundation has economic empowerment as a core mission, so the visit to Detroit makes sense. It doesn't hurt that Mr. Clinton is a major watch collector. Clinton wore a Timex Ironman and LIP watch while in office, but since has been seen wearing watches made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Panerai.

President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit Based Shinola   watch industry news

The Detroit watch factory (we also visited about a year ago) is inside the College for Creative Studies in Midtown Detroit. Shinola also makes bicycles, journals, leather goods, and yes, that famous shoe polish.

President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit Based Shinola   watch industry news

President Clinton said, "Shinola is a great example of how we can continue to build and expand America's manufacturing capabilities while creating jobs. It's exciting to see how the brand is playing its part in the economic revitalization that's happening in the city of Detroit." Also touring the factory with Clinton were Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and US Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit Based Shinola   watch industry news

Shinola has always been proud of their part in revitalizing Detroit and this visit is emblematic of that American-made pride. Shinola CEO Steve Bock said, "Having President Clinton visit our headquarters in Detroit was a great honor and true highlight for the team. We hope Shinola can act as a business model that can be replicated in cities like Detroit across the US." Shinola recently added two new lines to their watch collection and we're sure they were pleased to show them off to the Mayor, Senator and President Clinton. shinola.com

10 comments
nickyb66
nickyb66

Good to see the fine people of Detroit making fine timepieces.

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

All we need is an entry-level Shinola mechanical and we'd be talking. Sub $1000....I'd buy one. Heck, I'm kinda interested anyway.

Good on them, I hope they succeed.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Did someone check his pockets as he exited the building?

spiceballs
spiceballs

- - - wonder if Shinola had any pretty interns  - - just sayin  - - - ?

CG
CG

Ah yes the Clinton legacy... err and what might that be? Socialist policies that contributed to the decay and downfall of Democrat run cities like Detroit, propping up Unions to drain the tax payers of every last dime while he sets up a "Foundation" to expand economic growth... what a sham. I wish Shinola the best success but it's not because of Clinton,, Duggan and Stabenow waltzing thru on a propaganda tour for themselves. Where were they when the American watch industry was nosediving years ago? Nowhere to be found...

Detroit, once a jewel of city now overcome by crime, corruption and the welfare state... Clinton known among his constituents as "the First Black President" should be ashamed.

nateb123
nateb123

@CG  I love when Americans call their politicians "socialist".  It's like hearing the Amish say a woman showing her ankle is "pornographic".  American politics is right-wing and super-right-wing.

ariyoung
ariyoung

And I love when people that perhaps live in one country with one particular brand of politics, speak as if they have actual knowledge of right and left, liberal, conservative, fascist, socialist, communist or Marxist persuasions...They don't.

CG
CG

Hmmm Obama via Clinton have been the prome movers in developing and nurturing the welfare State, millions living off tax payer largesse and encouraged to do so. Gov't bailing out industry and owning them... State run healthcare... all socialist to the core, the nanny state... statists who know whats best for you... I wouldn't be surprised if they started regulating the watch industry soon, we have 70k pages of new federal regulation this year alone.