By VICTOR CALDERON
The New Vision
A graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School has started a new fashion line inspired by Tucson and the Southwest.
Quinlan Wilhite, who graduated from Salpointe in 2007, has started the QMULATIVE Lifestyle Brand.
“I used to play club ice hockey and my friends were into graphic tees and music and skateboarding so I started a blog with some designs and people liked it so I’ve kept going,” said Wilhite, 25.
Wilhite said he learned to sew from his grandmother when he was growing up. After Salpointe, he studied engineering at the University of Arizona, transferred to Pima Community College and then took a fashion internship in Los Angeles before returning to Tucson.
Among QMULATIVE’s products are a red t-shirt that reads “HEIR ZONA/Quest For The Crown,” an homage to the Wildcats’ basketball championship run. But it’s not just shirts and hats, there’s also a coaster set and keychain.
“I put my own spin on things with a Southwest flair,” Wilhite said.
During his time at Salpointe, Wilhite said he felt a sense of community among students, parents, faculty and staff.
“Everyone was cool with each other,” he said. “I played a hockey game in Phoenix and students went up and were supportive so that made me more open and personable.”
Wilhite took his QMULATIVE products to a trade show in Los Angeles in late January and can be found during Second Saturdays every month in downtown Tucson.
Products from the QMULATIVE Lifestlyle Brand are available at qmulative.bigcartel.com and you can follow on Twitter @_qmulative .