Patches of the QMULATIVE Quilt
You know when you're looking at a QMULATIVE design. Distinctly urban, global, and eclectic, fearless with color and design. Rewind to five years ago, Quinlan Wilhite's grandmother was teaching him how to sew. Today he is Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2018 Lifestyle Designer of the Year, winning $10,000 in production and resources.
Having attended their exclusive Emerging Designer Bootcamp, he learned the business side of fashion: the mission, vision, marketing and pitching alongside fellow designers from all over the world. He has been able to sustain his brand and business by remaining laser-focused, and "bringing disproportionate value and expecting nothing back."
Quinlan is local in every sense of the word. A native Tucsonan, he graduated from Pima Community College, and now a member of Local First Arizona as a proud business owner. Deeply inspired by identity, community, and lifestyle, his business started as an online feed, paying homage to his childhood and personal interests - the patches of the QMULATIVE quilt: skateboarding, cars, music, and art. This is the core of his brand’s aesthetic. Also at QMULATIVE’s core is the emphasis on craftsmanship. When he participates in events such as Cultivate Tucson, and other collectives that build pop-up events of local crafters, small businesses and nonprofits, he brings his sewing machine. He invites people to participate in the process of designing and customizing the product. Interactive, fluid creativity is the cornerstone of his business.
Quinlan is always collecting ideas to share and is inspired by local movements around the world. He is deeply involved in philanthropic projects, such as World Care, which provided hurricane relief in Texas. He also raises funds to build community centers in Guatemala, hopefully, to inspire the next generation of dreamers who dare to design. Quinlan has become a mentor in the community to budding designers. He has returned to his Alma Mater, Salpointe Catholic High School, to inspire fashion club students to follow their instincts to create. After Hurricane Harvey, Wilhite sold Texas pocket-Ts for World Care, a local nonprofit. The Texas-shaped pockets bore a cloudy, orange sky, allowing the public to foster an emotional connection. World Care raised $50,000 for Harvey victims, which Jim Click matched.
Quinlan’s work is also noticeable on television. Don’t Sleep on Planes’ author and Diamondbacks’ mascot, Zach Hall, wore a QMULATIVE trademark AZ pocket tee on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Given Quinlan’s vision and drive, this is only the beginning of what we, as a community, are going to experience with QMULATIVE, which has succeeded in being more than just a brand - it is a new culture and social movement of clothing, in which locals can have a sense of pride and place.
You can contact Quinlan here: http://qmulative.bigcartel.com/