Since we started Dopamine 36 earlier this year, Quintin Co. have been a brand that have continually impressed us. Even this year (they started in 2009), they’ve shown steady growth both in terms of their product range and quality, and their aesthetic. Each collection has been stronger and more focused than the last, with more ambition from an increasingly broader range of gear. We decided to do some digging on this brand to find some answers, and what we found impressed us even more. They started back in 2009, making just headwear, but doing it themselves at their own facility in downtown Los Angeles. To grow the brand, they began producing hats for other companies too (check out this cool custom feature they did for Hypebeast), a bold move giving the competition a leg up. Soon thereafter they started branching out into apparel, and today they offer a full range of gear, including cut-and-sew, but still manage to do it with the same steady eye on quality and growth. The team at Quintin pride themselves on their gradual climb in the industry and rightfully so, because they haven’t hit their peak yet and they’re only getting stronger with each new release. We caught up with Quintin’s Brett Wiley to get his side of the story and find out more about this brand on the rise. Read on!
INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND YOUR ROLE AT QUINTIN CO.
My name is Brett Wiley and I am brand manager. What that entails….too much!
WHAT INSPIRED THE ‘EL CAMINO SIERRA’ ROAD/SKATE TRIP? ANY SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND TAKING THAT HISTORICAL ROUTE?
We wanted to send the boys out on a trip, what better way then a fall trip in the Sierra’s. The route was up the 395 to Mammoth, Tahoe, Reno and then on to Sacramento and back. So much history lies within the Sierra mountain range, and so many good spots to skate along the way as well.
(Part 1 of El Camino Sierra)
ANY HIGHLIGHTS STAND OUT?
Not sure if there was one highlight or stand out spot, it was just a good time for the crew to bond, skate and sight see along the journey.
ANY MORE SKATE/ROAD TRIPS/ODYSSEYS IN THE WORKS?
We just recently sent some of the BMX crew to Japan for the G-Shock Real Toughness competition. Look for an edit to come within the next few weeks.
YOU GUYS HAVE A GROWING SKATE TEAM OF TALENTED YOUNG SKATERS, ANY ALL-TIMERS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ROCKING QUINTIN?
We already have some of the all-time in the fam! Long-time Quintin fam members such as Sammy Baptista and Danny Supa, doesn’t get much better than that!
YOU GUYS HAVE ALREADY EXPANDED INTERNATIONALLY BUT ONLY STARTED UP IN 2009. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN THE KEY TO GROWING SO QUICKLY?
Our team. The people behind the scene make the brand what it is, without them we would never have grown so quickly. Real dedication on their behalf and all the hard work we all put in every day to make this brand the best we can is what has been the driving force.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE JUMP FROM MAKING JUST HEADWEAR TO OFFERING A FULL APPAREL LINE?
In the beginning, we wanted to focus on bringing different applications to headwear. However, the fact that we are a vertically integrated company lets us tap into all the resources that we have to take the same approach we first took with headwear, into all our pieces. Each article of clothing we make is well thought-out and has small details that you wouldn’t notice at first, however, when you do, you’ll love them that much more.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR QUINTIN CO. TO MAKE YOUR GEAR HERE IN THE US?
Our US manufacturing is a big piece of what we offer. We have our own factories, so why wouldnt we want to do it in-house? Not all of our goods are produced in our US facility, however, what we do produce in Los Angeles is hand-made by US citizens, directly contributing to the US economy. It’s a domino effect and we are just a small part of a bigger movement. There are enough people in the world that want to support US-made goods, so it makes sense to continue to make quality goods here.
THE PAST FEW COLLECTIONS HAVE BEEN PRETTY HUGE, AND YET EACH STANDS UP WELL AS FAR AS COLORS, PATTERNS, AND THEMES; CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH THE PROCESS OF PUTTING ONE TOGETHER?
With every collection there is a theme. We start with the theme and start to break down pieces that make sense with each theme. Lately our themes have been locations and destinations that inspire us. We just wrapped up our Fall and Holiday ’14 collections which will begin to make the tradeshow rounds in January. Our Fall ’14 collection is inspired by the Great Pacific Northwest of the United States, while our Holiday ’14 collection takes its inspirations from Japan elements of the 1990s.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS SEASON’S AESTHETIC?
Our Holiday ’13 collection really focuses on the details. Every piece has those tiny details that sets it apart from other collections we have done. For our cut-and-sew we’re just getting started; we introduced our first complete line with our Spring/Summer ’13 lines. Prior to that we had very small select pieces of custom clothing. Each line is a step up the ladder, and it just keeps getting better and better.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE FROM THE HOLIDAY RANGE?
The Davis jacket is possibly one of the best jackets you can purchase for the price it is offered at; it has so many details. From the outside it looks simple, however it has hidden water-resistant chest zippers, a suede lined placket, quilted satin lining, leather branded drawstring pulls, and the list goes on. The allegiant wool coat is another hit: it’s a wool-bodied coat lined with plaid flannel, and custom branded wood buttons. It’s a classy and refined piece, it’s hard to believe it only retails at $110. Amazing bang for your buck.
YOU GUYS HAVE ACHIEVED A LOT AND KEEP MOVING UP, ANY ‘OH-SHIT’ SUCCESS MOMENTS THAT STAND OUT?
Not that I can think of, we know the course we set out on is the slow steady one. We dont get too shook up on “Oh Shit” moments.
IT’S BEEN A BUSY YEAR FOR QUINTIN CO., WHAT’S NEXT?
We try to create the best product we can make for our customers, and offer it at the best prices possible. The Quintin brand has grown to a worldwide close-knit family and we are thankful for anyone that supports what we are doing. Each piece of Quintin clothing has had so much work put into it. We are blessed every day that we get to do this for “work”. The future looks bright.
Get yourself over to Quintin’s online shop to check out all this dope gear we just talked about and stay tuned for more from these guys! Also, make sure to fuck with Quintin Co. on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for their latest and greatest.