Case Study: EDITION Gallery Store

This month, we unveiled “Inclusive Design Together: Detroit City of Design Monitoring Report,” showcasing the progress of 62 inclusive design projects across the city, reaching 70,000 people in 2018. You can read it in its entirety here.

This report includes real stories that embody the hardworking culture of our community and the values of our initative — diverse experiences, accessible opportunities, and collaborative relationships. While there is still much work to do, our coalition of 52 partners are building momentum and we want to give you insight into some of these important case studies.

One case study focuses on Design-Driven Commercial Spaces. A Detroit business that has been an excellent example of how investing in design can improve the city is Simone DeSousa’s EDITION space. With the creation of the EDITION Gallery Store, foot traffic and sales have significantly increased. Part of the project involved a new model combining a regular store and monthly mini features. EDITION’s audience has expanded this year, and has experienced a 50% increase in sales, becoming known as a space you can come to find unique quality work produced locally.