Get to know QP Collections
Business Owner: Quinn Petersen
Business: QP Collections
Location: Provo, Utah
Meet Quinn Petersen
Quinn is a handy man in every way you could think. He builds and repairs motorcycles, hand stitches ties, and built tree houses—you name it and he has probably done it. Oh, he’s also really well dressed. All of these things lead to him as a business owner. He was making all of these different things, ties especially, and it seemed everyone wanted to get their hands on them. “We produce everything here in Provo and them ship them all over the world,” says Quinn. They also have several brick and mortar locations nationally and internationally.
Hand Made Locally
Though Quinn started out stitching all the ties himself, “I was working full time, going to school full time, and running the international cinema projections at night at BYU. While the projections were running at night I would just hand stitch the ties. I did that for about a year and a half before things started really rolling,” says Quinn. It has grown to the point where he couldn’t do it alone any more, they are all still hand made, but by him and a bunch of his employees.
5 Years & Growing
Quinn has always enjoyed creating and altering his own clothing, his living spaces, and even his motorcycles. Quinn told us, “I was asked to sell some of these products, and it got bigger and bigger after being invited to several shows so I decided to take it a little more seriously and hire a team.” So from there they have been growing. He went from hand stitching every thing himself to getting invites to many big events including Capsule, in New York City. “That’s when I realized we had a lot of potential.” So he hired a full on crew.
Quinn’s Biggest Win
Quinn told us, “It’s really neat how authentic and consistent we have been able to be with our products and our customers.” It’s a lifestyle where Quinn can do the things he wants to, the things he enjoys, while still remaining ‘congruent’ with the business. Whether he builds a tree house, like the amazing one in his back yard, or he rebuilds a motorcycle, as he has done many times, Quinn said, “Our customers generally have a similar lifestyle and similar interest, so when we do the things we like and share them on social media, it helps our business grow.”
Advice From An Entrepreneur
When learn you have to be consistent with how you handle your business so that people can trust you. He said, “When we first started it was like, ‘Let’s make a tie and take a picture of it on a person. Or, I’ll make a tie and take a picture of it on the ground and maybe we won’t do any more neck ties for a few weeks.’ We were very sporadic and I think it was hard for people to trust us as a company and rely on us. Growing gradually is what has allowed us to maintain that consistency and make wise choices.” He emphasizes the importance of consistency by stating it’s what has helped him grow. “What I have learned is most important, at least in my business and my industry, is consistency. To make sure we are consistent with our brand, our aesthetic, and our design. All the way around if you are consistent people can trust you.”