If life makes you want to hit the snooze button these days then this week’s column is just what the doctor ordered. Let me introduce you to Duncan Quinn whose life is anything but dull. Since this Englishman opened his eponymous shop in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood, men’s tailoring has never looked better. A self-proclaimed bon vivant Duncan’s tastes extend beyond a well cut suit or handmade shoes to include travel, sports cars, great wine and the culinary delights that go with them. His venture has grown to include a sister shop in Los Angeles, e-commerce and the occasional pop-up shop in Miami. Since the beginning of his sartorial adventure, and to satisfy his discerning clientele, Duncan has been working with the finest craftsmen in Europe. The brand’s bespoke suits are offered in the finest fabrics along with tailored shirts, ties, pocket squares and various accessories such as cuff links and umbrellas. Ultimately, Duncan sells a lifestyle and a fun one at that. Just take a look at his website! And if an actual jaunt to the French Riviera, one of Duncan’s destination of choice, is not actually in the cards just hop on www.duncanquinn.com and travel vicariously (and virtually) through the many First person accounts posted on the home page.
- Miriam Driot
1. What do you love most about your job?
That its not a job. Its the old do something you love and you’ll never work a day of your life.
That and the characters I get to meet and share the experiences of DQ with.
2. If you did not live in New York where would you live and why?
Out of a weathered and well travelled bag. I love to travel, make new friends, experience new things, and live to tell the story.
3. When not working what do you enjoy doing?
I love to read and learn new things. So that’s what I seek out when I find myself with a window of time.
4. What is your best memory from childhood?
Spending time at school with an incorrigible scallywag who to this day makes me cry with laughter at his antics and storytelling. He added some particularly bold color to life.
That and walking on the beaches looking at the peaches in the summer months in Nice, France.
5. What is your favorite holiday destination and why?
A totally unanswerable question as it depends what you are seeking from the trip. Anywhere I can see new things, experience new cultures or share time with dear friends works.
6. Book or e-reader? Why and what are you currently reading?
Both. Books on planes, trains and beaches. E-reader otherwise.
Machiavelli’s The Prince (again), Reamde, and, A Sport And A Passtime.
7. Which social media platform do you use and how did they impact your business?
Recently a lot of Instagram. A picture tells 1000 words after all…
Its fed through FB and twitter as well, and we also send e-mails to our mailing list.
8. What is a true luxury for you today?
To be able to orchestrate the creation of things that give others pleasure.
9. What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Why?
Doing something in a way that others are generous enough to lend their support.
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