Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Duncan Quinn: The NoLita Strangler.

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Ad for Duncan Quinn, seller of handmade ready-to-wear and bespoke men's suits: "Savile Row meets Rock 'n Roll." His flagship store is in "louche" NoLita NYC, A second West Hollywood location opened in 2006. Trolling through his Website (that's not him in the ad, btw), his styles are quite preciously dandy. But I'm not feeling the "Rock 'n Roll" Duncan, other than the inclusion of young bearded and tattooed gents on your landing page Flash gallery. But that's what ads are for! And what's more Rock 'n Roll than strangling a blindfolded babe with a foppish tie? Edgy. Jimmy Choo beat you to the snuff vibe though, dude. Anyway, this unimaginative combo of dandy and randy is predictably popular in high-end men's fashion ads. It's simply the best way to attract the mookish misogynistic male with lots of disposable income demographic. Duncan, btw, is a qualified barrister and New York Attorney-at-Law. Which explains this advert: if there's one thing lawyers don't know how to do, it's advertise. We've seen it again and again and again and again. Duncan baby, you want some high-minded, thoughtful creative ads, you just write me, sweetheart. (scanned from the July/August City magazine) update: go to a PollsBoutique poll to vote for this ad as misogynistic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is disgusting. When will the creatives involved in shit like this realize that hurting women is not the way to sell a product.

11:25 AM  
Blogger spencer said...

anon @ 11:25 -

Probably when the troglodytes they're trying to reach stop responding to it. Out of desensitization, I would expect, which means it will be followed by something even worse.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. My. God. A new low, for sure. What a sick bastard.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F'in great. Just what the world needs: snuff advertising.

I'm wondering if this isn't meant to imply "hey, our suits look great, you can get women to undress for you." (a staple of mens fashion advertising) and the snuff vibe is unintentional. However, I have a hard time believing anyone in advertising is so naive the image didn't raise a ton of red flags.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh grow up. Like you haven't seen countless much worse ads from D&G, Tom Ford, and all the rest. Yeah it's risque and pushes the envelope but it's not snuff.

11:22 AM  
Blogger david t said...

it pushes the envelope... the one with the check in it.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This theme but in a Balvenie ad? Now that would be cutting edge. Or envelope pushing. Or phat. Or whatever they say these days.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

treat em mean, keep em keen...

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! I actually know the guy in that ad. His kids go to school with mine. Nice guy, actually.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

smiling while pretending to kill naked women for a paycheck? not my definition of a nice guy. CAUSE I'M SANE.

1:36 PM  

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