Breaking down barriers: Quintel Gwinn becomes an interior design star

CHARLOTTE, NC — Quintel Gwinn, owner of Charlotte interior design firm Quin Gwinn Studio, says the journey to becoming a successful business owner is worth it to help younger generations break down barriers.

Gwinn won Pride magazine’s 2022 Minority Business Breaking Barriers award for his success in the Queen City. Gwinn moved to Charlotte in 2010 and earned a degree in interior architecture from Queens University. She launched her own design agency in 2014.

She said the road has been a rollercoaster, but she is using her skills and knowledge to help the next generation of interior design entrepreneurs. According to the 2020 US Census, only 4.8% of interior designers are black, while 72.7% are white and 8.9% are Asian.

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To fill the gap, Gwinn employs all black women to diversify occupations.

“We should support each other and really work to uplift each other,” Gwinn said. “Especially with the stats. As women, we already have so much to work against, and we’re better off together.”

She hopes to add more diversity to her team with plans to incorporate a retail showroom where she can sell furniture and other home accessories.

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