Quinn Conyers and her husband Isa Abdul-Raheem are the owners of The Purse Paparazzi, their affordable handbag business. All purses and clutches are less than $100, a price that would break the bank.
When I first began communicating online with Quinn, The Purse Paparazzi line was featuring a line of clutches featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. They also offer Breast Cancer Awareness clutches for supporters and survivors.
This year, the duo channeled their HBCU Alumni pride and is rolling out their creative purses catering to the historical Divine Nine Sororities including Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. The custom clutches are primarily sold on the company’s website www.PursePaparazzi.com and at various sorority and HBCU events.
Quinn shared with me how The Purse Paparazzi came to be. She also gave me the HBCU Tour itinerary where you can meet up with them to get your clutch in person. Quinn also had some valuable advice for married couples who are thinking abut going into business together.
MRTV: How did your husband-and-wife business turn The Purse Paparazzi from an idea into the phenomenon it is now?
Quinn, TPP: Ironically Isa was selling men's clothing and women's purses before he met me! It wasn't until he allowed me to take a few bags home to my hometown in PA and sold all the bags I had in 20 minutes that I wanted IN! I told him if I'm going to be in this business we must make it legit! I didn't want to be "the bag lady" so we created the name (Purse Paparazzi), got a website (www.PursePaparazzi.com) and become an LLC! This was all before we got married and had 2 kids! We were just 2 very motivated individuals who wanted to make some side money! Little did I know I would quit my job to sell bags 5 years later!
MRTV: Describe how you have incorporated your HBCU pride into your business?
Quinn, TPP: Isa and I are both proud HBCU alumni! I earned my Masters from Howard University and he obtained his degree from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Mary