Cask Chronicles

Duncan Quinn takes bespoke tailoring to the road with a trans-America tour on a vintage double decker bus

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A master of bespoke tailoring, Duncan Quinn can typically be found presiding over the bold interior of his atelier on Spring Street in NYC. The ambience fits Quinn, who made a name by importing Saville Row techniques with the color and flare of a dandyish punk. Quinn recently announced a coast-to-coast tour, which will take him from NYC to LA this spring in a glorious custom 1966 Bristol double decker bus with a mobile shop in tow.

Dubbed the Cask Chronicles, Quinn’s adventure kicked off last night with a gathering of well-suited guests at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan. The white right-hand drive 1966 Bristol double decker bus is a British relic that Quinn rescued from a Miami rock ‘n’ roll bar and personally refashioned for his cross-country jaunt. The downstairs includes a full fitting area with fabric books on hand as well as ready to wear items and limited editions. The upper deck has been converted into an invite-only dining area where Quinn will host evening parties with cask-aged cocktails, making for a rather gentlemanly drunk bus.

The current itinerary has Quinn and his studio posting up in NYC before it heads to Miami on 8 February 2013, with continued travel on to LA through Dallas. The bus will be fully staffed during three days of events for walk-ins at each location, and people can also register for private bespoke appointments. Quinn will also be hosting one invite-only dinner in every city catered by local talent, with the NYC event featuring food from The Fat Radish.

Quinn explains the aim of the trip, saying, “We’re going to eat some amazing food, drink some incredible bespoke cocktails—which Elayne Duff of Zacapa Rum made only for the Cask Chronicles—and enjoy meeting new friends as we do the ultimate road trip.”


Keep up with the whirlwind tour by following @Duncan_Quinn on Twitter and keep an eye out for the bespoke bus as it putters into a town near you. See more images of the bus in the slideshow.

Images by Josh Rubin