The Classicist: Duncan Quinn's Cool Classics
Duncan Quinn , who makes some of the world's coolest suits, isn't exactly a tailor, though "designer" doesn't really capture it either. So how would he put it? "I simply have a strong view and an aesthetic to go with that view," he tells The Classicist, "which encompasses the cars, wine, sailboats, cocktails and croquet." Sounds good to us. The dashing London-born former lawyer makes Savile Row-style clothes "constructed to celebrate days of glory and nights of excess." He opened his first shop in New York in 2003, followed by another in Hollywood and recently a new outpost in Dallas. Along the way he's attracted quite a following of well-dressed fellows, "gentleman rogues" who ascribe to the Quinn aesthetic.
Quinn's suits for spring / summer 2009 are slim, fitted and "slightly rakish", many with a particularly fine blue herringbone pattern. Above (and in the gallery), in a shot modeled on a classic photo of Michael Caine, is a stunning midnight blue three piece herringbone super 130's wool and cashmere number. It's worn here with a white cotton french cuff shirt, a red silk tie bearing Quinn's signature fleur-de-lys motif, black and silver 12-star cufflinks, and a vintage Breitling Chronomat watch, a nod to the stylish traditions Quinn holds dear.
Gallery: Duncan Quinn Designs
Spring / summer 2009 will also see Duncan Quinn become the exclusive US outlet for G.J. Cleverley of Bond Street, London's handmade English shoes. Cleverley shoes, as worn by Winston Churchill, are favored by the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and photographer Mario Testino, among others. As always Quinn's shops will stock a fine selection of their 100% cotton shirts, which are made in a small artisanal production in Italy, 100% silk ties woven in England, and sterling silver and enamel cufflinks made in London, as well as handmade umbrellas, socks and "needless to say anything and everything bespoke." Somebody please give Obama directions before the next big occasion.