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Thousands of Detroit veterans are unemployed, while hundreds more are homeless. It was a problem that 30-year-old Jarret Alan Schlaff had no interest in simply complaining about — he wanted solutions.

Leather Faux CWRB15112 Ladies Women's Handbags Quality Designer CWS00428 CWS00433 Cross Messenger Zipper Shoulder Bags Body Fashion CWS00428 Grey Celebrity In January 2015, with the help of veterans and community members, Schlaff co-founded Pingree Detroit, a brand that offers tote bags and journals made from hemp and upcycled auto industry leather.

The brand employs three full-time veterans who work out of a Woodward Avenue workshop/training space. On average, the team handcrafts three to five tote bags a day using mostly donated equipment. Pingree Detroit will soon add unisex footwear to its product lineup.

After a year of working with Pingree Detroit, the veterans are invited to be co-owners of the brand with Schlaff.

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The name pays homage to Hazen Pingree, a shoemaker who became Detroit’s mayor then Michigan’s governor. Schlaff says Pingree embodied the idea of service leadership and a commitment to community that he hopes to reflect.

For more information, visit pingreedetroit.com

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