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Detroit SnobBy Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Like many big city folks, Detroiters enjoy wearing their pride — literally.  Walking around midtown and downtown, you’re sure to see all kinds of T-shirts representing “the D.” Detroit Snob is one that stands out among the many, with its rhinestone letters.

What is a Detroit Snob? Desiree Cooper explained to the Michigan Citizen the origin of her T-shirt line, Detroit Snob.

“When you put on that shirt, you have to defend why you are wearing it. It can be a self-esteem thing for us to remember,” said the 53-year-old mother of two. “There is so much that we can be proud about in Detroit.”

Detroit SnobFor the past two years, Cooper and co-owner Patt Williams Taitt Euseary have boosted the morale of many Detroiters with the Detroit Snob T-shirt line.

Cooper says the inspiration for the line came from the the youth she encountered in the city. And it helped that she had more time on her hands from being laid off from the Detroit Free Press after 11 years.

“I was a journalist for 11 years at the Detroit Free Press. I was laid off and I waited about a year and I said, ‘Let’s do this,’” she said. “I was noticing how younger people felt ‘in the club’ when they ventured into the city to enjoy music, clubs and art.”

Detroit Snob contributes to the community by partnering with different companies and nonprofits to conduct fundraisers.


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