Dashing designer Duncan Quinn who's known for his rakish "Savile Row meets rock 'n' roll" style (as per GQ) may have been born in Britain but he grew up in the South of France. Hence his affinity for fine French wine, and in the summer months, one variety in particular: "As any seasoned rogue frequenting the sunny climes knows, rosé is simply the best all-day social lubricant known to man."
No surprise then that he recently debuted a private label rosé previously only supplied to his cadre of well-heeled clients but now available to purchase online for $24.99 bottle. Of course it's adorned with his signature smoking skull which you can also find on everything from cufflinks and espadrilles to the lining of Quinn's bespoke suits.
"In a sea of iffy rosé you want the genuine article," Quinn tells Airows. "Which is why you should look out for the smoking skull. It's only affixed to the real stuff which 30-plus years of serious tasting led me to make in the Var region of Provence near the legendary beaches of St Tropez."
Quinn uses Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah and Grenache grapes fermented in concrete and then steel for a light, fresh bouquet with notes of peach and grapefruit on the palate on the way to a clean, dry finish.
You can also find the elixir at some of the East Coast's finest watering holes including Balthazar, Soho House, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and more, with larger format bottles often available as well. Just "make sure to drink it in the company of gentlemen, rogues, characters and sunshine," he advises.