A Nail Date with Q

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Q is a Los Angeles native and the founder of Cölle Home Decor located in the Furniture and Arts District in LA, California. The brand is a direct reflection of the dedication that took to build it and is best known for their sneaker-molded candles that have extreme detail. Each candle is poured into a hand-sculpted mold and takes a full 24 hours to create.

We met January of this year through mutual friends and have been in contact since as a regular client, a business confidant, and a real friend. 

Q is a real stand-up guy. Despite his favorite quote being what it is (read on and you'll find it), he's always willing to share his knowledge and motivating everyone around him to win.

He's a firm believer in fully immersing yourself into whatever chapter life throws you in...even if the route is completely different than what you grew up with. To Quentin, time does not exist. His work ethic knows no bounds, given that he literally works 23 hours of every day that he opens his eyes. Since his business is a meticulous passion project, he doesn't mind putting in the extra time needed to make his product top tier. This is a standard that he expects from himself and everyone around him too. 

Coming to a new city for passionate work is exciting and nerve-wrecking all at the same time, but Quentin made the manicure experience comfortable. As soon as you walk into his mid-century modern inspired space, pleasant fragrances fill your nose without overwhelming it. The space is light and airy, and holds tons of books, so it still has a cozy feeling. With that being said, please enjoy the first of many nail dates in Los Angeles.

What's the last thing you googled?

Street side classics...I been looking to buy an old school Impala.

What's your favorite quote?

"To be successful, you have to be greedy."

After pouring the strongest coffee both of us have ever tasted, he put on some music ranging from Coltrain to Bankroll Fresh.

How did you start Cölle? 

I was in the skate industry making skateboard wax and that transitioned to making candles. 

Did the pandemic help you take off?

The pandemic just enhanced my grind. I've always been to myself, so I just used the pandemic to stack my money up and reinvest my money right back in my business. I've been able to hire my brother full-time...starting the path to generational wealth for my family. Plus now I'm able to drop a candle for the next two years.

What have you been working on lately?

All my basic candles are finally done. We also have the incense sticks, an incense chamber, the basic coconut candles, and the room spray about to release soon too.

How do you make your scent?

Mixing fragrances...like if I just want a standard mango note, there's this spot I go to that has all the fragrances for me. Just grabbing and mixing.

What's your favorite scent?

Sunday scent. 

Describe your style.

Dickies and designers. Stay true to myself. 

What's your favorite cereal?

Golden Grahams with almond milk.

What's your favorite instagram account?

@designwanted They got some inspiring content.

What are you inspired by right now? 

Life. Everything about my life.

Where do you get your motivation from?

My mom.

What's your perfect day look like?

Literally if I go to work and pull out, when I say pull out I mean pulling the candles out of the molds, if I could pull 50 perfect--meaning they're sellable--it's a perfect day.

What was your first purchase when you started making serious money?

Dior converses.


What's your work uniform?

Nike dunks, sweats, and a hoodie.

What do you like to do outside of working?

I'm still trying to find that out myself. Other than spending time with my son, Khris, I just like bouncing around the city. I might hit a bookstore and grab something to eat.  

Where would you like to travel?

New York and San Francisco.

What's your favorite thing about living in LA?

The history...my parents...how they grew up. We always ask what our parents were doing in the 80s and the 90s. My mom grew up in Gardena and my dad grew up on the east side, so it's a little bit different, because they move different. My pops was one of the coldest in the streets...he was known for shooting dice.

I love the history. Right here, up the street on Washington and Central is the first black fire department that controlled all LA fires. But people don't know that. The building that I used to live in used to be a furniture building that my granddad worked at. If you look at the back of the candle, it says Furniture and Arts District...that's the district that my people grew up in.

If you could recommend someone to have a Nail Date with Kim Cao, who would it be? 

My n*gga Taj, cool ass dude. @socksonmafeet

Cölle drops its products at the end of every month on their website. The brand sells out every month faithfully, so be sure to act fast.

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