Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Duncan Quinn

I did a preview of Duncan Qunn’s collection for Fall 2006. I wanted to take a few shots but he asked if I could wait – he didn’t want anyone to knock-off his idea for shirts and ties. Usually when someone says that it is rarely an idea that anyone would want anyway but I give Duncan credit the idea is pretty cool.

Overall the collection is a nice step forward, especially in the color palette which is slightly darker and a little more sinister. It will probably give his established customer a reason to update their wardrobe and a reason for new customers to give him a closer look.


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  1. Get Smart

    March 29, 2006 at 10:41 am

    Duncan’s sleeves look to be riding up a bit high? Or are they too short? Overall, I like the look (assuming sleeves are normal length) and DQ is high on my list of labels I look forward to seeing more of. His tie knot is a bit too large for the outfit but the colorway is great and I’d be curious what shoes he’s wearing with it all. His shirts are among my favorites and I hope to add one of his suits to my stable.

  2. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    I normally hate spread collars. But love the big knot, a must with a spread collar. Big knots are way better than small ones no matter the collar or the face.

  3. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    shorter sleeves…higher cut….seems a little thom browne to me. i don’t know if i will ever like the DQ look – a bit too ponsy for me – but that’s the point. and it’s undeniably english which seems to travel far on this side of the pond. the quality of his clothes is amazing and the panache is refreshing nonetheless.

  4. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Ouch! so handsome it hurts! Dont’t know about the suit, though.It looks ill-fitted and the shoulder is too pointy. The shirt and tie combo is a refreshing change colorwise.

  5. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve two suits from DQ and while I try not to wear them to death, they’re certainly my favourites. And the fleur de lis tie/striped suit combo is top notch! Bravo indeed!

  6. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    it does seem like the suit is a litte too small to my eye. But it’s not bad.

  7. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    Thom Browne is very influential.
    Do you think he’s going to win the CFDA?

  8. Max

    March 29, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    The suit looks fabulous (he’s got the body for it) and the tie is pretty cool with the shirt, but I take serious issue with his hair.

    I don’t know if it’s just the angle that the photograph is taken at, but it looks like there is serious faux hawk abuse going on here. Think messy and a little taller in the middle, not curly mini-mohawk.

  9. acidboy

    March 29, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    the presence of a pocket square is sorely missed in this otherwise great picture of mr quinn and the image that he is selling.

  10. Anonymous

    March 29, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    I noticed the faux hawk, too but I now think that it has become one of tne new edgy haircuts and it makes this suit look really, really new (and quite sexy!)

  11. Anne

    March 30, 2006 at 12:11 am

    A new version of shrunken Charlie Chaplin suit.

  12. Anonymous

    March 30, 2006 at 8:58 am

    Very Thom Browneish as previously mentioned. Question is, how practical is a Thom Browne cut?
    In addition, the large double Windsor is very passe, even with a cutaway collar. Overdone by British footballers (soccer to you guys) and Italian men in the early 2000′s. IMHO, Prince Charles ties the perfect knots.

  13. Max

    March 30, 2006 at 9:29 am

    I’m sort of burned out on the faux hawk, myself. I just got back from London, where I was assaulted on far too many occasions by some sort of heinous faux hawk/fashion mullet hybrid that has taken over the scalps of dozens of teenage Londoners.

  14. Anonymous

    March 30, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    Tom Brown is not an influence on Duncan Quinn, shorter coat lengths are the way forward at the moment. The huntsman look reimagined by Richard James/Oswald Boateng and adopted by Gucci/YSL for so many seasons is rather dated now I think

  15. Anonymous

    March 30, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    I personally woundn’t wear Thom Browne myself- It’s far too expensive for what it is, but there is no denying his influnce of the little shrunken suit that he’s been wearing and doing for years now. When he first started wearing those suits, the porportions looked out of place, but now, they look just right. It took time for things to adjust, but he started the shift.

  16. Get Smart

    March 30, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    I agree that DQ isn’t necessarily influenced by Thom Browne since TB didn’t invent the “bum-freezer” (as it’s commonly known colloquially) suit, which was pretty fashionable in the early 60s (I’ve some great old photos and record covers of men wearing such style). But it does look like Quinn is adopting that particular aesthetic into his own line, which I think is great since I’ve been partial to that kind of cut before anyone heard of Thom Browne.

  17. justlooking

    March 30, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    I like Browne a lot, and wear it, but contrary to previous posts see no influence here.

  18. Anonymous

    March 30, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    I went into Duncan Quinn today, thanks to you, Sartorialist. I’d never been there before and I found the suits quite lovely and the nice young man there who appeared on your blog was very friendly.
    As far as this proportion goes and looking at the quality of the tailoring, if I were to buy a little new suit, it would defintely be Duncan Quinn.
    Up close- very snappy, sharp and stylish!

  19. The G Manifesto

    March 31, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    I agree, needs a pocket square. Dope tie though.

  20. Anonymous

    April 1, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    I see no comparison between thome and duncan, instead I think they are two unique men’s wear luminaries who push the envelope on style and individuality. Personally I prefer duncan’s suits, v much looking forward to the fall…

  21. Anonymous

    April 1, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Although the DQ look is hotter and sexier than TB.

  22. Anonymous

    April 5, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    ughhhhh when are we going to finally get rid of this style tie or knot, or whatever it is….the name of it escapes me at the moment, but it reminds me of when I was living in europe some years ago and it was all the rage….and his faux hawk should go the way of his tie….in the garbagio….

  23. Anonymous

    April 6, 2006 at 9:22 am

    This guy’s look is naff, as is his website. Really, really uncool, that I would expect to see worn by guys with too much fake tan on, that aspire to buy Cristal. No class.

  24. Anonymous

    April 6, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    actually i believe duncan prefers a good bottle of gevrey chambertin, and wouldn’t be seen dead with a bottle of crystal anywhere near him…

  25. UES boy

    September 24, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Duncan Quinn does have very nice custom made and off the rack suits. However, I wouldn’t wear them with such slick, British style, as Duncan does here.

  26. Sara

    November 15, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    That photo is FIERCE, Scott. Love it.

  27. A.Hughes

    January 13, 2009 at 7:10 am

    My uncle D is amazing. The colours of his clothes are beautiful.
    Accesorise with the DQ umberellas. :)

  28. dcinDC

    July 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Tie knot too large, shirt collar size too large.

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