Gettees, a Sterling Heights-based clothing retailer, is opening its first storefront at 2461 Russell St. in Eastern Market, where it will also move its headquarters. A grand opening party is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Established in 2014, the company designs and creates clothing for men and women and employs 20 metro Detroiters. The flagship storefront will become a destination for events and house Gettees’ creative and marketing offices.
“After the success of several pop-ups, being engaged in the city’s creative scene, and our Detroit entrepreneurial mindset, we knew Eastern Market was a natural location,” says Mathew Hunt, founder. “The historic district fits our mantra. We were connected with Firm Real Estate, who helped secure a location, made sure the space was adequate to our needs, and believed in a local business like us.”
Gettees is not a fast fashion brand. It owns and operates a brand factory in Sterling Heights that started by hiring former automotive sewers. The team sources materials made in the U.S. and prioritizes the comfort and durability of everyday essential products such as T-shirts and hoodies.
The business can also create graphic T-shirts and hopes to eventually move its Sterling Heights factory to Detroit.
“With Gettees’ passion for sourcing quality American-made materials and producing products locally, they are a perfect fit for the Eastern Market,” says Megan Lewis, part-owner of DeVries and Co. 1887 at the market.
The grand opening event will feature two live performances, a DJ, a made-in-USA bar, giveaways, food, drinks from Eastern Market vendors, and promotional sales. The Detroit Heritage Hoodie, a new product, will launch and become available for sale on the day of the party. Guests must RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.