Unite Publication had the opportunity to sit down with Quinci Williams, owner of Amethyst Wrapps, and talk about her new business venture. Here is that interview.
Unite: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Quinci: I grew up in Kansas City with my two brothers and attended Paseo High School. During my senior year, my Dad decided to move to Springfield and start a new church. In Springfield I was able to complete school, have a daughter, and eventually get my Master’s Degree from Drury. I’m currently in the process of getting my Doctorate degree from Anderson Theological Seminary in Christian counseling. I hope to focus on the youth sector when I graduate.
Unite: How did you come up with your idea for your business?
Quinci: During a visit to Kansas City, I stopped in a Cato’s store and found a couple of wraps that I liked, went home and discovered that I could make my own pattern and that was that. My mom, Bobbie Knox, one of the best seamstresses, passed her gift on to me, but I had forgotten about it until a friend asked me to sew bean bags for a church event.
Unite: What made you start your own business?
Quinci: You know, what’s funny is that my family has always been entrepreneurial and so we can’t just be still and accept the status quo. I couldn’t imagine working again full-time for someone. I’ve worked all my life and I want to do something for myself. I want to do what I want to do to make my own money, the spirit of an entrepreneur, grow your business, do your business, whatever you can do to keep your hands busy do that.
Unite: Tell me more about your business.
Quinci: So, I had started a non-profit prior to this business that was called the Amethyst Training Academy and with that in mind, I came up with Amethyst Wrapps. 12% of the sales I make for the wraps go into the Amethyst Training Academy. I want to train children to be self-sufficient and learn to do things with their hands along with education so that they will never have to be on the street and will always be able to have a flow of income that they created themselves. You will never have to be in a soup line if you have a skill.
Unite: Where can one purchase your wraps?
Quinci: We are on Facebook at Amethyst Wrapps and we’ve started selling in Suddenlies downtown, where a portion of the wrap sales will go to help rescue girls from sex trafficking. I also participated in the Multicultural Festival and it was good to be a vendor there and had fun with that. I had a couple of sales and I started to get some orders. It just turned into something bigger than I thought. I thought I was only going to sell to family and friends. We’ve officially been open for business since December. We are looking into expanding our wrap line by offering headgear, bottle wraps, and mug wraps. If you order custom wraps, those are on Facebook and have a turn around time of 1 week or you can get pre-made wraps at Suddenlies. I take payment form in cash, Cash App, or Square, but not checks.
Unite: Tell us more about your creative process.
Quinci: It’s a hobby that I forgot I had and now that it’s come back with a vengeance to the point where I sew in the evening and at night. Because these wraps are custom-made, you can have anything you want. It’s very creative because I sit and I think and I dream up, well, it’s really not me. I sit there and the holy spirit gives me ideas, in my head and then I have to figure out how to get it on paper and how to maneuver it with this material, so everyday it’s something different. Every single day. So I just have to sit back and figure it out. My brother shared with me a scripture during my
new venture, Exodus 35:35. “He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.” That really stuck with me because these are actually garments of praise, this is confidence that women will get when they put them on. They will say, “Oh, I do feel queenly; I do feel special.” So, I’ve had some custom tags that will be in every new piece I make that will say QW 2.35.35.
Unite: What does the future look like in the next year for Amethyst Wrapps?
Quinci: I am happy at this point in my life. I’d like to make a living at this and I’d like to hire people to come along and help me and we make a living together. I’d like to get some high school girls to come along and cut out patterns and start helping and to teach them that they can have their own style and they can make anything they want, they just have to know the
basics. I want to pass along this skill that in today’s time seems to have been forgotten.