We had the good fortune of connecting with Quintin Muldrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quintin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to start a Brand that showcased black folks in a different light other than jail, sports or music. Not saying anything about an artist or athlete but we are so much more than that. A lifestyle brand that shows me doing things and events that are in the line of having fun and creating memories. Creating a brand for the activities I did, they inspire other people because we don’t normally see our own people in this envoirment
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I created this idea when I was incarcerated between 2013-2019. I was sitting in my cell and just wanted a difference in my image. I started out as Tshirt company, I just wanted to make T-shirts that said cool things on them for my culture, but then I seen my cultured need a lift. So I started a brand, I wanted to showcase the things I do that I don’t get to see my folks doing on TV, such as traveling, dining, hiking, and anything that creates a memory. My sales were slim when I first started, I was just hoping people would buy because I was new and cool, but that was not the case at all. I wasted money not finding my niche or consumer based crowd. My first collection that I did was my HBCU apparel, but its an acronym for Happy Black Citizens United. I have T-shirts and Sweatshirts. No one told me the steps I had to take to make money or bring brand awareness, it was all live and learn.I had no details on how to grasp momentum. I finally got some leadway when I heard a woman name @IamkingPee say its all about your rolodex, then that’s when it hit me. I started to act like a brand rather than a Tshirt company. I changed my way of living from respecting myself to respecting woman. How can I preach a brand called Blexcellence but not taking action in my life that is Black excellence. I learned when your life is aligned with your mission or the image you are painting, life comes a bit easy. So now my brand is about expressing ourselves through a love language of traveling and food. I want the world to know who I am and where I came from, to be the inspiration to be different and do different.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I just found a new hidden gem in Georgia. I would start day with some breakfast at Maple street Biscuit Company, I would suggest an order of the Buffalo Chicken biscuit, that hot sauce is to die for. Plan my funeral!! Then I planned a road trip to the Providence Grand Canyon State park in Lumpkin, Ga. This is Georgia’s Grand Canyon. The views are marvelous and massive with beauty. On the way since its a 2 hour ride we would talk business, the perks of being Black and the growing respect we have for relationships. Clear air can really rejuvenate the gears in you creative mind. Then if I had to pick for the next day, I”ll sign us up for Fowling, that’s football and bowling. Great place with great vibes and food. You have to throw a football at huge bowling pins. Its not as easy as you think.
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?
My sisters are my shout out. I have 4 sisters, 2 older and 2 younger. I wanted to be the example of a great man. I wanted to be a man that they are proud to say that’s my. brother. each of my sisters are bring me a different light and inspiration.