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Contemporary art and fashion meet in an Eastern Market storefront

Photos by Michelle & Chris Gerard

When Inner State Gallery decided to close its Eastern Market storefront on Gratiot Avenue late last year, new tenants jumped at the chance to use the space. One relocated from a second-floor building in the district, while the other carried on the gallery tradition. Our photographers recently visited the new home of Orleans + Winder and K.OSS Contemporary Art.

According to owner Erin Wetzel, Orleans + Winder is a store which specializes in, “slow fashion and artistic design, pieces made with patience and precision.” After opening on a second-floor space on Russell Street, Wetzel realized she wanted a space with accessibility and foot traffic. Compared to the “concrete and austere” space from Russell Street, this Gratiot Avenue space is more intimate, with wood floors, light, and exposed beams. Japanese architect Jun Ueno created a “magic” door to separate Orleans + Winder from the neighboring K.OSS Contemporary Art.

Kristina Oss from K.OSS Contemporary Art tells us that moving into the space after Inner State moved out was a natural fit, and they wanted to complement Detroit’s art scene with “a selection of high quality contemporary art.” The current show—Metalscapes by local artist Mary Gillis—features metal and guardrails recycled from around the city. “Its uplifting energy and sustainable nature is very representative of the Detroit‘s renaissance we are all lucky to experience first hand,” says Oss. K.OSS showcases both local and international artists in the gallery. “Our goal is to present different media of abstract art that is beautiful, sophisticated, and thoughtful.”

A selection of beautiful art magazines in the back is run by Ruben Cardenas. Here’s a look around both spaces.