COLORS, PRINTS, TEXTURES AND WISDOM WITH PHILANTHROPIST AND DESIGNER QUINN

What do you get when you mix Thome Browne pants, a variety of fur, and vintage furniture? A NYC Showroom that will leave you in awe. We spoke with Quinn about everything from starting and running a business, why black women entrepreneurs need to stick together, and how mood boards really help set the tone for your life and success. When you walk into her sun filled showroom you are immediately met with bright colors, original art pieces and music to vibe to.

Quinn’s style could be described as a risk-taker, mixed with elegance and fun. She gushed while showing us her Saint Laurent Platform heels. One would require skill and technique to walk NYC streets in those. Kudos to Quinn. With a background of modeling and a small stint in corporate America, those experiences have helped her navigate her way through a tough industry. Eager to absorb; she took marketing classes, learned from her strong circle of entrepreneur friends, and went through lots of trails and errors. She never gave up.

While in her showroom, she gave us a full-blown Naomi Campbell fashion show with several looks that she deems as her favorite. Her ability to put a high fashion look together in under 3 minutes should def be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ha.

Check out photos from the shoot below.

 

Walk us through a normal day for you…

Q: I start my day by thanking The Lord and saying a small prayer, I make coffee, check emails, check my list of errands. Then, I work until a little after 5pm and I usually meet up with my girls in the city for dinner, no I don’t cook ha. 

How are you staying focused and motivated throughout your day?

Q: Every Sunday I make out a list of things I want to do. I use the app, To-Do as a guide. What keeps me focused is my willingness to remain organized, thanks to my Gucci planner. My supporters are another reason I am motivated. They are awesome! They really keep me going. 

What advice would you give someone looking to start a business in today’s climate?

Q: You have to be versatile and vulnerable. The customer is your number one source and you always want to give them the best experience. It’s also important to build organic relationships with people in your industry. Live out your dreams and go for it. Plan for success. I feel like being confident in what you do will always open doors for you, I know you might always hear this cliche but, it’s true.

How do you unwind after a long day? 

Q: It depends on the day of the week and my mood, I could be having a nice dinner with my girlfriends at an upscale restaurant, or I could be home lounging with a glass of wine and a good book, or I could be at a spa treating myself to well needed self care date. Period! 

Any book recommendations?

The Four Agreements, Dapper Dan’s Memoir, and The Bible

Why do you think it is so important for black women entrepreneurs to support one another, whether in the same industry or not? 

Q: It’s simple, every other ethnicity supports one another and it’s enough success to go around. I think it’s important because we need to grow bigger as a community of entrepreneurs.

Why is having a mood board such a significant part of your life and career.

Q:  It helps set the tone for my future and dreams. Having a mood board allows me put a visual to my thoughts and goals. It’s also a good way for me to reference things that I manifest and want to accomplish.

Who would you say has influenced your life most, creatively? 

Q: My family and friends have the biggest influence on my life. My mentors Shana and Chey Chey for sure. But mostly my mom, she’s the biggest fashionista I know.

What are your go-to makeup products?

Q: I really go for a minimal, calm look when it comes to my makeup. Right now I’m using Diors Forever Skin Glow Foundation, Nars Radiant concealer and Bobby Brown Highlighting Powder. For my lashes T Charm Lashes so there’s no need for mascara which is one less step in my routine plus… she keeps it very natural how I like it.

Photos: Shauna

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