Detroit-born designer makes his mark on the fashion industry

Detroit-born designer makes his mark on the fashion industry

Inside his home studio, Detroit designer Quandell Wright can express his creativity every day.

“It’s really about freedom. Having the freedom to create,” Wright said.

“Q”, as he is known, is the designer behind the signature brand, William Palmer Homme.

“I think if you have the vision, you already have it, it’s yours,” he said.

This is the star of her latest collection, the pyramid-shaped Amore bag. But success in the competitive fashion design industry did not come easy.

“When I was 8 years old, I started drawing, I was drawing clothes and shoes,” said Q.

AQ loved creating style, but raised by his single mother on Detroit’s west side, money was tight. and the children were cruel.

“Kids bully, they don’t really understand everyone’s situation,” he said. “So I thought, I’m going to create my own clothes, I don’t want to look like you guys anyway, they all look the same.”

That helped fuel Q’s passion. He taught himself how to work with different colors, patterns, materials, and machines to redesign jeans and T-shirts. He remembers selling his first six jerseys.

The pyramid-shaped Amore bag has been featured prominently in Q's latest fashion line.

The pyramid-shaped Amore bag has been featured prominently in Q’s latest fashion line.

“When I saw that money like that, I thought yeah, that’s it. Like my parents always told me, ‘Nobody can pay you like you.’

At the time, Q was working as a janitor and everything he sold he gave back to William Palmer, but he wanted more.

“Yeah, the Kanye situation, a bold move,” he said.

In 2020, Q flew to Wyoming and walked four hours to hip-hop star and designer Kanye West’s ranch in hopes of landing an internship with his fashion empire: Yeezy.

“I was crying. I have these signs, my backpack, I’m like, I’m in the middle of this desert,” he said. “I stood at Kanye’s ranch with these two big signs that said who I am, why I’m there, what I want to achieve.”

Kanye never responded, and Q was forced to walk back and fly home.

But he did not give up, he says that he began to break the laws of fashion. Celebrities like Chris Brown started wearing his clothes, William Palmer started collaborating with brands like K-Swiss, and his edgy bags have been seen in magazines.

One day, the 34-year-old would like a store on Woodward Avenue, but in the meantime, he enjoys supporting his family with his designs and hopes to inspire other young designers.

“It’s not about how you start, it’s just about starting, just starting.”

If you want to see more designs or know more about William Palmer Homme, you will find the website HERE.

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