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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 69: My Life Is Like A Red, Red, Rose

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 69: My Life Is Like A Red, Red, Rose

 February 14, 3rd century Rome, Valentine is beaten and beheaded in Rome by Emperor Claudius II. The Romans also happen to have a drunken orgy around the same time to sacrifice the odd goat and dog, and to select a mate. Or three. Later, in the middle ages, it becomes a popular belief that birds begin mating around February 14th. Some minor alignment of interests later and a pagan shagathon becomes our present Valentine's Day. And And St Valentine becomes the patron saint of lovers. Well, that an beekeepers. Among other things. For my love is like a red, red rose. Indeed. Or a drunken orgy. Dealer's choice. Meanwhile ponder what you'd love to treat yourself to on February 14th. So on that note, read from the bottom up, mix that cocktail, and enjoy.


cupid's arrow: valentine goodies

We've always been big fans of pink. It adds great pop to any outfit. And we think it's as masculine as you can get. Only the confident man will wear it. And there is a clear message in that. So with that said, here are some Valentine's Day picks to treat yourself, or have the apple of your eye do it for you.


Daddy Day Care: Make an appointment for the best grooming experience you've ever had. Its almost worth getting on a plane and going to Miami if you are not already there. Just e-mail us to set up an appointment for you, or a friend. You won't regret it.


The Finest Gloves Known To Man: Simply the best pair of gloves money can buy. Designed by DQ in New York. Made exclusively for us in England. Using our own hand loomed Scots tweed, deerskin leather, and the finest cashmere lining complete with signature smoking skull fixtures. Pick a size and get ready for your hands to thank you, and others to marvel at their glory.


Swimming With Sharks: The perfect beachwear for the Gentleman Rogue. Combining classic design with a twist and state-of-the-art technical fabrics our swim shorts are second to none. Designed in NY. Made in Italy. Made with microsense by Sitip and offering a soft sensual feel next to the body with quick dry comfort. Contrast waistband, thigh stripes, signature smoking skull on back pocket and luminous quad stripes.


The DQ Signet Ring: The mark of the Gentleman Rogue. Buy him a drink if you see him. You never know what good may ensue. Sterling silver. Hand made in Birmingham, England.


The Wallet: When one of our clients asked us for a modern leather wallet with our distinctive smoking skull logo embossed on it we obliged. Made in London, England by our Royal Warrant holding makers. Each wallet is constructed by hand from the finest leather embossed to create a carbon fibre effect. 100% silk lined. Then boldly stamped and painted by hand with our smoking skull just in case you spot a fellow Gentleman Rogue at the bar and fancy a chin wag in good company.


The Square: The accessory every jacket needs to add some pep. Handmade in England using the finest silk, printed with our special blend of irreverent motifs, or classic plain colors or stripes with a pop of color. The choice is yours. Just don't leave home without one.


Sock-Em: Snuggle into the best socks money can buy. Corgi has been making socks in Swansea in Wales for generations. And holds Royal Warrants to assure the quality of their craftsmanship. These 80% wool and 20% cotton socks are handmade in exclusive DQ colors featuring an integral signature smoking skull on each ankle. Hand linked toes and all the other signs of excellence you would expect are included in the price.


DQ Shirts: Made from the most luxurious shirting fabrics our shirts are cut, stitched, and finished at a small artisanal family workshop on the west coast of Italy. Each features two piece collars, single needle stitching, mother of pearl buttons, our signature smoking skull gusset, and all the other things you would expect of a quality shirt. Or join our Shirt Club...


Bespoke Suit: You dream it. We make it. Hand cut and stitched by skilled artisans in New York City from a pattern made just for you. There is simply no occasion which is not improved by a fantastic suit, sportcoat, or overcoat. So don't hold back on the investment of a lifetime. Reach out to let us know what you are pondering. Then meet with DQ to let his mind go to work on the best possible version of what you are looking for.




watch: gladiator

While we are on the subject of Romans and carnage it seems only appropriate to recommend Russel Crowe's tour de force as Maximus the gladiator as this week's movie.
For those who have seen the opening scene as Marcus Aurelius reigns fire on the goths we probably need say no more.
For the rest of you sit back and enjoy this epic story. Complete with Sir Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, and much much more.




read: the beekeeper's bible

Just in case St Valentine gives you the urge to don a different type of suit and try your hand as a beekeeper.
Pick up this testament to bees. Historybook, handbook, and cookbook all in one.




cocktail: the gin campari sour


The perfect pink for Valentine's Day drinkies... a little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lot of amazing.
1 1⁄2 oz. gin, preferably Mahon
3⁄4 oz. Campari
3⁄4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
1 dash orange bitters
1 small orange wedge, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, Campari, lemon juice, simple syrup bitters, and egg white, and shake until combines. Fill the shaker three-quarters full with ice and shake vigorously until the egg white is incorporated and frothy, about 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with the Orange Wedge
Bottoms Up!

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