We had the good fortune of connecting with Quintin Crumpler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quintin, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
The end goal is to have a global brand that I’m able to pass down to my children. I want to be instrumental in helping communities that don’t have the knowledge or finances to build their business and break out of the generational curse cycles.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am the Creative Director of GOAT by James King, a lifestyle clothing brand. Designing is my passion. I love and enjoy thinking of concepts, putting them on paper/digital, sourcing fabrics, and seeing my vision executed. I truly believe that we were all created with specific gifts. My gift is the gift of design. I got to where I am today by God’s grace first and foremost. I don’t have any formal training in clothing design. However, my passion for design enticed me to research and learn as much as possible. I studied the greats. The journey has not been easy but definitely worth it. You have to appreciate the up’s and downs. Those up’s and down’s are necessary for growth and is often molding and preparing you for new challenges. It’s a mindset shift. Seeing challenges as opportunities has helped me weather the storm. I want to create a brand that is sustainable and lives well beyond me the creator. As a black owned brand, there is often a stigma tied to us in the clothing space. A stigma that says we won’t last and that our product is not on par or better than non black brands. I want the world to know that GOAT by James King was created in part to break that stigma. To show that we are here to live forever. With each design we ask ourselves, “Will this design be relevant aesthetically and quality wise 50 plus years from now?” Aesthetic and quality are important to us. We achieve these two objectives by being obsessed with quality fabrics and not concerning ourselves with “trends”, but focusing on subtle changes to classic silhouettes.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First stop when arriving to Atlanta is American Deli. One of the best wing spots in town. We would then go to the beltline and Ponce City Market which has some dope stores. One of the dopest stores is called, The Village Market. They have over 25 black owned lifestyle brands in the store. From clothing, home goods, wellness products, and much more.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I would like to shout out my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him, I wouldn’t have the creativeness, knowledge, and strength to build my business. I also would like to shoutout my parents for instilling in me the principles I carry with me today. My brother for constantly motivating me. My wife and kids have been extremely instrumental in continuing to keep me grounded and providing unconditional support. One book that I read that helped change my mindset is called, Maximizing Your Potential by Miles Monroe.
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