What does it take to be a Coach ambassador? A radiant confidence in who you are and where you come from—at least, that's what you get from Quincy, the actor-model-musician known to fans from his starring roles in Brotherly Love, Fox's Star, as well as singles "Coming Off Strong" and "Late Night Flex."
Raised by his late mother, model and actress Kim Porter, as his adopted father Sean "Diddy" Combs, Quincy has learned a thing or two about style and presence, though he says a lot of his star-quality is owed to his grandma.
Today, Quincy helps launch Coach's new Camo campaign, alongside fellow Coach ambassadors Michael B. Jordan, Debbie Harry, Lolo Zouaï and Jeremy Lin. He gave us an exclusive sneak peek into the collection, photographed by Bladi Corniel, and to hear him tell it, camo is definitely back, because it never actually left.
What goes into being a Coach ambassador?
It starts with you. Being you just shines through differently. Being part of the Coach family is bringing yourself, your values and morals to the table—and to their storyline as a company. Coach has been more than a family to me, as they have added to my stamp in fashion, and they compliment my lifestyle through every season.
Your mother was a talented model and actress. Did she teach you everything you know about fashion, or are there other style icons you have to thank?
My mother is instilled in everything I do and know. I’m also noticing as my future unfolds, things in life are making more sense from her perspective and what she taught me and guided me through. All-in-all, for me it’s the dare to be different and have fashion be the language of expression you can communicate as a person.
What are your earliest fashion memories?
Every weekend there was a family gathering at my Mee-maw‘s (My grandma—Mom’s mother) house. Food, music, and of course we topped it with a living room fashion show with a runway, and it was just all forms of expressions in the living room hub. Deep memories of wearing whatever clothes we could find and making accessories out of anything, and sharing our creative expression at that moment with our family members.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as moody, meaning I like to dress off of how I feel—and, I have many moods to say the least. I am a Gemini, haha.
This collection is genderless, and that’s become a more important part of the designer conversation lately. How do you see fashion's role in society at large?
I’m seeing it become a topic of conversation across the board with everything. As a society, I am proud that our new generation can speak their mind and be who they want to be with minor barriers. We have more to fight for socially, but contributions like this one help towards social change and it starts the conversation.
The role is vital by collections like this, because it opens up the dialogue and brings different people closer through fashion.
Camo is back! What do you think about this on-again/off-again print? How do you style your Coach Camo?
Camo never left! Ha! I’m from the country. My family had a few hunters, so I grew up around it and it’s a daily fashion thing for them. That was a part of my childhood, slightly different from fatigue but that still was in the mix. [Whether] a hat, backpack, I’ve always been a fan of camo. It sets a unique tone, especially when playing with its color details. It gives modern warrior vibes.
You grew up in an entertainment household, raised by your model mother and music mogul father. What did your mother teach you that has helped you navigate the tricky world of entertainment and acting? What has Diddy taught you?
My grandma and mother literally taught me everything. I just actually listened early on and took in as a kid all of the gems they always shared with me. Kids are stubborn, but it all stored in my brain. Coming from two mother figures, I had a double whammy of advice and protection. It taught me the strong value of what women represent in this world and how their strength, and mindset is so powerful along with their intuition. One thing I learned is keep your circle small. Look only for your best interests. Sean “Love” Combs has influenced his hustler mentality on me, and heavy. So, I want to conquer all that’s for me.
What other projects are you working on right now that we can look forward to?
I’m working on a full music project, which will be ready by the end of the year! I’m excited to finally present music consistently. I owe it to my fans. I have been perfecting my craft in music and really building globally to touch people outside of the U.S. I am also working on some business ventures that I can’t share right now that are outside of fashion, music and acting. Currently, I am filming the second season of POWER III: Raising Kanan on STARZ and [executive produced] by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Anything else about working with Coach, this campaign or anything you’re working on—anything at all you want to mention or talk about that we didn’t think to ask?
I’m excited to keep building with my Coach family. We have more surprises on the way very soon. Every year, we push the envelope further together, and I’m excited about that. Hope to design something in the future, for sure! I’m also starting my Frequincy, Inc creative agency in the near future, where I’m bringing creatives together, resources and also new opportunities.
Photography by: Bladi Corniel, Courtesy Coach