Who are you? & can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Erin and I’m from a small town in Tennessee, called Savannah, which everyone assumes GA. 😊 I’ve been in Atlanta for 3 years now and have loved getting to know this city & all it has to offer. Some random things I love: sweets, fall & football, and spending time at the lake.
What exactly is Quoin?
Quoin is ethical lifestyle brand specializing in coin-focused jewelry to provide awareness and impact on the fight against human trafficking.
What inspired you to start Quoin?
Quoin was inspired by a piece of coin jewelry that I had gotten on my honeymoon in which everyone asked me about every time I wore it. I started thinking about how a jewelry could be a conversation starter to tell a bigger conversation something that I was passionate about, human trafficking.
How did you come up with the name?
In all honesty- my friend and graphic designer, Mattie Tiegreen, came up with the name and I fell in love. Credit where credit is due! Our name is a nod to the coins we incorporate into our jewelry but spelled like the word meaning “the cornerstone of a building wall; providing additional strength for something damaged or weak.”
You provide awareness and impact on the fight against human trafficking, can you tell us about that?
We currently partner with Beloved Atlanta- a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the only two-year residential home & program for adult women surviving prostitution, trafficking, and addiction in Atlanta, GA. Each purchase gives back 15% to this organization and we hope to grow and expand throughout Atlanta as so many organizations are doing great things to help fight human trafficking!
Is there a favorite product?
It’s too hard to choose!! Really, I get asked this often to help people pick what they want to buy, but I love them all equally!
What is your favorite part about running Quoin?
This is also a tough one! I love hearing about the impact Quoin’s donations are doing for Beloved as well as seeing the products come to life.
What is your least favorite part about running Quoin?
Budgeting! 😊 We’re still so young & new that it’s hard to predict the all the financial obstacles that are going to come our way!
How do you spread the word about your company?
Do you have any advice for fellow entrepreneurs?
Find a community who is in this boat with you to give you encouragement and support along the way. There are lots of high highs and low lows and having people who fully understand what that looks like will help give you the strength to keep moving!
Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying? 🙂
“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters” – I’m encouraging myself to do this more often in everyday life. We spend way too much time talking about the weather that day when we could we having great dialogue about important issues.