HALIFAX COMPANY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR FAMILY OF QUINN BUTT
Halifax company shows support for family of Quinn Butt
A couple originally from Winterton are working together with Quinn Butt’s family on a new way to show support.
Sara and Stephen Cole own and operate Hometown Pride, a company based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia that focuses on clothing and other items such as driftwood frames, its original claim to fame. In recent years, they’ve taken to creating and shipping clothing items ranging from pillow covers to sweatshirts, and everything in between with a variety of themes. The company’s latest endeavour, however, hits a little closer to home.
“In Honour of Quinn” is a clothing line Hometown Pride released at the end of March, having worked alongside Andrea Gosse to create articles they feel best represent Gosse’s daughter Quinn, who was killed in a house fire in her home in 2016. Trent Butt, Quinn’s father, is facing charges of first-degree murder and arson in relation to Quinn’s death, with a trial set for March of 2019.
Sara said that although she did not know Gosse, or any of the family prior to this, she still felt something of a personal connection because of her roots in Winterton. She added she wanted to show support for Gosse and her family, while also helping others show their support as well.
Although Hometown Pride is a six-year-old company, Sara and Stephen have only been working on clothing items for approximately a year-and-ahalf.
“My husband and I have done similar things before – back in the fall, we worked on something for our friend’s daughter, who unfortunately got diagnosed with terminal cancer, and we were able to raise so much money for her in such a short amount of time through those shirts we made, that we thought maybe it would work again this time around as well,” she said. “So, we linked up with [Gosse] and got to designing the shirt, and it’s been a huge success already, so things are definitely going well.”
The design Sara referenced is something Sara, Stephen, and Gosse all worked together on, attempting to capture Quinn’s personality as best they could with a relatively simple and recognizable design.
The outcome of that teamwork resulted in something all parties involved were very pleased with, Sara explained. The shirts feature an outline of a cat wearing a crown, with Quinn’s own signature trailing the bottom.
“Andrea would always call Quinn her pussy cat, so we knew it had to have a cat,” Sara said. “And Quinn was just the sweetest little girly girl who loved pink, and purple, and princesses, so it all came together pretty organically. My favourite part is the signature, though – the two Ns in her name are backwards, and I just thought that was the cutest thing. That, to me, makes it feel like Quinn herself helped us with this design.”
Sara went on to explain that she and Stephen decided they wanted the shirts to bring on a sense of happiness, to properly represent Quinn as the happy young girl she was. To do this, they decided against including things such as numbers representing the year of her death, or anything along those lines.
The design is available on a wide array of clothing items – shirts for all ages, sweaters, tank tops, as well as, pillow cases and small decals buyers can use on their electronics or vehicles.
Sales have been doing significantly well. Hometown Pride released the design on Friday, March 31 and have since raised over $1,500. With 30 per cent of the money going directly to Quinn’s family, Sara said the endeavour has been very rewarding thus far.
“Obviously, Andrea has a lot on her plate,” Sara said. “This money that we’re raising, it’s mostly just to help out with whatever she, or anyone else in the family, might need. It’s a difficult time for her, and anything we can do to sort of help with the healing process in any way, that’s our goal. Our vision here? We want to see a sea of pink and purple – people supporting and showing love for Quinn Butt, and show the family just how many people are cheering them on, and are going to continue to cheer them on through all of this.”
Anyone looking to purchase an item in the “In Honour of Quinn” line can do so by visiting Hometown Pride’s website at www.driftwood-memories. myshopify.com.
Stephen (left) and Sara Cole, originally from Winterton, are using their company Hometown Pride to show support for the family of Quinn Butt.