Produced in: Detroit, Mich.
Known for: Watches 

Detroit is probably the last place you would expect the American watch industry to gain a foothold, but Shinola (yes, as in the thing you don't know shit from) has planted a flag in the Motor City. The company also creates bicycles and small leather goods, but it's their watches that are causing a stir. They're now available at Barney's, and their success could mean the beginnings of a watch industry that could alleviate the reliance America and the rest of the world has on the Swiss watch-making monopoly. By offering this trade skill and the jobs that come along with it to locals of Detroit, Shinola is doing much more than just producing great looking watches.