Hear from Shinola, the first company in decades to make luxury watches in the United States while putting a refined spin on Detroit's manufacturing legacy in the process.
Speaker: After focusing most of her early career in product design for several leather goods brands, Jennifer Guarino transitioned to the business development side of fashion, becoming Vice President of Brand Management for The Sak in 1998. In 2003, she and her business partner discovered and purchased J.W. Hulme, where she established her commitment to quality domestic manufacturing. Guarino was recently honored by the Minnesota Business Magazine at the annual Manufacturing Awards ceremony as the 2012 Executive of Year.
Guarino joined Shinola in 2013 as their Vice President of Leather. She is currently overseeing large expansions in that department, with the May 2014 opening of a 12,000-square-foot leather factory adjacent to Shinola's existing watchmaking facility inside the College for Creative Studies in Detroit's New Center area. The leather staff is currently learning to produce straps for Shinola's line of men's and women's timepieces, but will eventually turn out a host of small leather goods, from purses to technology accessories, as the company expands its leather-goods division.
Over the years Guarino has been a regular champion of nonprofit causes, with her current energies being applied to The Makers Coalition as Founding Chair.
SIDE NOTE REGARDING PARKING: Construction will be taking place on Harrison Rd. starting on Monday, May 19th. The Harrison Rd. entrance to the Kellogg Center parking ramp will be closed due to construction on the road surface with construction to last through the week until Friday, May 23rd. Kellogg will be opening the entrance to the parking ramp that is accessible from
Kalamazoo St., and will have the signs indicating
where the entrance is. We apologize for any trouble this may cause.
Program begins at Noon; please arrive early for registration & networking. $40/member, $55/nonmember or tables of 8 $300 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required.
Luncheon sponsored by: