Stylenik stopped by Duncan Quinn’s Art Basel party on Thursday night at his pop up shop in the Moore Building in Miami’s Design District. The by-appointment-only showroom has actually been in place since Art Basel 2009. Last year the party theme was croquet; this year it was Casino Royale, complete with roulette, poker and blackjack tables. A screening room showed classic Michael Caine films, a “bespoke lounge” showed of DQ’s finest fabrics, and an installation of gorgeous Ruby helmets from France mixed well with the classic cars and motorcycles including a 1954 Jaguar XK120, vintage Ducatis and Triumphs and Dime City Cycles’ Brass Café Racer.
Mr. Quinn took a break from hosting to answer a few important questions for Stylenik.
Stylenik: I thought this was a pop-up shop, but you’ve been here for a year?
Duncan Quinn: Yes, we’re a bit like whack-a-mole, we just keep popping up.
S: What’s that amazing dining room upstairs used for?
DQ: We have private events in there.
S: If I give you my card will you invite me to the next one?
DQ: Sure, give it to me.
S: What’s with all the motorcycles?
DQ: I like them.
S: Do you race them?
DQ: No, I just ride them.
S: What’s your favorite type of suit?
S: No (embarrassed).
DQ: Well there’s a scene where Michael Caine tells a woman, “Watch the tonik” (when she amorously rumples his suit). It’s also the material used for the suits in the James Bond movies.
S: How do you feel about really fat knots on ties?
DQ: I think everyone’s entitled to their own style, whatever suits them. I prefer a smaller knot, but that’s the difference between fashion and style.