Detroit-based watch and luxury goods maker Shinola introduced Tuesday its first line of headphones.

The Canfield Headphone Collection comes in four styles and price tags ranging from $195 for an earbuds-style model to $650 for top-of-the-line, over-ear headphones with stainless steel components, lambskin ear cushions and an inline microphone.

The company said this latest product line has been under development for two years.

Details on where the headphones are manufactured and assembled were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon.

“This introduction is special,” Tom Kartsotis, Shinola’s founder, said in a news release. “It speaks to our love of music and craft and it speaks to the soul of Detroit. It is rare that one product can capture and transmit this much emotion and be so much fun to share.”I

“It has taken us a while to make it feel right, to make the steel and leather details and the sound all come together,” Kartsotis said.

Headphones represent another expansion of Shinola’s product offerings, which include watches, bicycles, leather goods, speakers and turntables. The Canfield name on the headphones derives from Canfield Street in Midtown Detroit, where Shinola has it flagship store.



Shinola was started in Detroit in 2011 and has been praised for investing in the city and creating hundreds of jobs here. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have proudly shown off their Shinola watches.

The company says it employs roughly 530 people.

 Shinola’s parent company is Dallas-based Bedrock Manufacturing, which also owns Filson, a high-end outdoors clothing and gear brand.

Shinola has partnered with Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert’s firm, Bedrock Real Estate, to open a boutique hotel along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The Shinola Hotel is expected to open in the later half of 2018.

The models

  • The Canfield Over-Ear, priced $595 to $650, available now.
  • The Canfield On-Ear, priced $495 to $550, available now.
  • Canfield Pro In-Ear Monitors, priced $495, available in December.
  • Canfield In-Ear Monitors, priced $195, available in December.

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