Robin Wilson is considered a world-class and renown thought leader on hypoallergenic, sustainable and eco-conscious options for the B2B and B2C marketplace.
In 2020, she was ready to quit and return to corporate America with the pandemic taking hold. But a campaign to support Black entrepreneurs gave her business oxygen when people started 'voting with their wallets' and she gained many new clients and a licensing deal.
2022: CLEAN DESIGN HOME® x Martex is going global to UK and Japan
2021: Launch CLEAN DESIGN HOME® x Martex at Macy's locations including Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico
2020: Robin Wilson selected to INC magazine "Top 100 Female Founders List"
2020: Robin Wilson judges the 2020 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED "Home of the Year" with global design entries by designers and architects
Robin Wilson joined the Board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council in 2012 as Vice Chair for two years. She continues work with SFC as a 'Green Ambassador', plus she maintains her role as an unpaid ambassador since 2010 for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, (AAFA) which one of the leading non-profit organization that partners with medical experts to provide consumer information related to these chronic medical conditions.
In addition, Robin Wilson was named a brand ambassador for the Panasonic USA launch of home products in 2014. During this prolific time, she also partnered with a leading pharmaceutical firm to film a national media campaign as an expert of clean design for a hypoallergenic lifestyle.
Her interior design work included the White House Fellows office (DC), President Clinton's office (Harlem), Lake Nona/Laureate Park color palette (FL) and numerous other projects across the United States.
Her input and commentary is valued by media outlets regarding asthma, allergies, diversity, clean design, wellness and eco-friendly design.
2017: Robin Wilson delivers the keynote address to High Point Market, named "Design Disrupters" in a TED-style talk
2016: Robin Wilson is guest judge on show Queen Boss (TV-One) for women entrepreneurs of color similar to Shark Tank
2015: Publication of CLEAN DESIGN: Wellness for your Lifestyle which became a #1 bestseller on Amazon
2013: Robin Wilson Home launches a custom furniture line at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
2011: filming of award-winning short documentary "Home with Robin" (won laurels at film festivals HIFF & IWFF) produced by Nest Productions™
2010: the Robin Wilson Home brand is sold at Bed Bath & Beyond; the third after legends B. Smith and Sheila Bridges
2009: the Robin Wilson Home brand licenses the brand for a line of custom cabinetry sold nationwide at 400 retail shops - with license brand sales topping $82 million (wholesale)
Robin Wilson was fortunate to work at a company that had an IPO in 1999. She received a windfall and decided to chase her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She was also a student at night at New York University to matriculate with a Master's in Real Estate Finance.
After graduation from NYU, her opportunities to use her degree were limited due to fiscal inequality - she could not get venture/financing to develop a building in Harlem. One of her mentor professors told her to pivot and use her skills to become the 'busy homeowners' best friend' and that is how she started to do project management and design to build the firm.
Every revenue dollar was poured back into the company and she 'bet on herself' and by 2003, she was working on projects for high-net work individuals and global celebrities.
2008: Begin writing first book as a compendium of design project notes
2007: first studio in NYC and first hire
2006: Incorporated company
2005: Discovered by Oprah team and appear in O magazine for first time
2000: Founded company, originally named WSG Consulting until 2005 interview when she was told, 'put your name in it...' and the firm was eponymously rebranded
Robin was born and raised in Austin Texas - and from birth she was considered pan-allergic which often put her at risk with multiple hospitalizations including anaphylaxis and asthma attacks. Her parents were fortunate to encounter a holistic pediatrician who guided them by ask them if they wanted to 'raise a strong child, or a child on strong medicine' which created a revamp of diet, exercise, indoor allergens (no more shag carpet) and the pet went outside.
As Malcolm Gladwell would say, "...it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert..." and the allergic childhood of Robin Wilson informs her on a daily basis in her design work, and guides her advice to families.
The most unique part of her story is the fact that her grandfather was a sharecropper and he picked cotton in Texas - and the luxury Supima™ cotton featured in her textiles is from Texas or California, so this brand is helping American farmers!
It is a wonderful American story to see Robin Wilson rise from humble beginnings to chase an entrepreneurial dream that would make her ancestors proud.
2000: Entrepreneurial journey begins
1990s: Robin Wilson moves to the Northeast and begins a corporate career
1980s: Robin Wilson gains a National Merit academic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin; and works a part time job at the Lower Colorado River Authority where she learns about environmental issues (coal, hydroelectric, peak load)
1970s: parents consult with a holistic pediatrician who guides her parents about diet, exercise, allergic triggers