Takuya Duncan
by Brian Lipton
[metaslider id=111608] The first six months of 2016 have proved to be a busy time for real-life couple Aaron Duncan and Takuya Suzuki. Their line, Takuya Duncan, which launched in January, has already found great favor with folks on the East End of Long Island and online.

“Its premium menswear inspired by the casual lifestyle of the Hamptons combined with Japanese craftsmanship,” says Duncan. “For now, our focus has been on online sales, with the exception of Ganeaux in Amangansett, where it has been the best-selling menswear brand in the store. We’ve been developing a new collection for fall and one for spring/summer 2017 and plan on showing the spring collection to some key retailers later this year.”

The pair, who lives in East Hampton, are actively involved in their community. As a result, they have donated 100 of their Emerson canvas tote bags as sponsors of the LGBT Network’s Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Reception, which will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bridgehampton Surf and Tennis Club.

Proceeds from the event will support the Networks’ Hamptons Center at the Old Whaler’s Church in Sag Harbor and its anti-bullying programs for Long Island schools. “It’s a needed community resource, especially for LGBT youth,” says Suzuki.

Adds LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnic: “We are so grateful to Takuya Duncan for their leadership to support the event and the LGBT Network’s efforts to create safe spaces on the East End. We need more companies who employ the practices of corporate social responsibility in the smaller towns of the East End where rural communities can create tremendous isolation.”