British suitmaker Duncan Quinn caters to downtown dandies with scruffy attitudes—he’s also a fervid motorcyclist. A former lawyer of indeterminate age (“old enough to get into all kinds of trouble; wise enough sometimes not to”), Quinn moved to New York 15 years ago, then started his eponymous line in 2003. The aesthetic is gentlemanly but doesn’t take itself too seriously: slim-cut suits mix unusual patterns like bright pinstripes or Prince of Wales plaid with colorful silk linings. They’re available off the rack or for custom and bespoke order.
WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? The Path of Excess Leads To The Palace of Wisdom.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? That’s an impossible question to answer. To sit on a beach? The Maldives. For food, a little town in the north of Italy near a place called Luca, Capezzano Pianore. Go to a restaurant there called La Dogana. And I absolutely love Tokyo. I would live there, and I don’t speak a word of Japanese. Also Leela, Goa. The easy one is Nice. Get on a plane and go.
WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT? Inov-8 cross training sneakers.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORT AROUND THE CITY? A Vespa.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY,” WHO WOULD IT BE? Jay Gatsby.
WHAT ALBUM OR SONG WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR SOUNDTRACK TO NYC? Thin Lizzy. When I’m running, Uriah Heap.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST? Chagall.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOT? Cours Saleya, Nice, France.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AFTER-DARK HANGOUT? Without question – Momo, Heddon Street, London. 1996. Also, La Esquina.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPIRIT? Something strong and dark.
WHAT IS MAKING YOU EXCITED NOW? I’m not sure there is a now – life makes me excited. Fun.