Derek Dubery

King of Chaps

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Name: Derek Dubery

Age: 50

Origin: Kent but now in Belfast.

Sartorial motto: Cost is no measure of whether it suits you. Also… if you’re a slave to purely vintage clothing you can be just as much a fashion victim as the contemporary fashionista. Mix and match and wear only what suits you.

Style icon: John Steed (for appearing to be conservative but actually being contemporary) and Errol Flynn for facial hair and devilment.

Hat: : Lock & Co. The only decent bowler hat supplier left, it seems.

Silk flower buttonhole It’s on a rather sharp pin, which can be dipped in poison and used to stab enemy agents in the bottom, if the mood takes me.

Fox & Co umbrella. I frequently carry one when I’m flying to London, as it seems to irritate airport security, which makes the inconvenience of carrying it completely worthwhile.

Jacket: Bladen half-Norfolk, second-hand  then taken in at the waist and the sleeves narrowed. Not too narrow though; still enough room to lift a martini without them bunching up like the horrendous things worn by Daniel Craig.

Fox & Co umbrella. I frequently carry one when I’m flying to London, as it seems to irritate airport security, which makes the inconvenience of carrying it completely worthwhile.

Trousers: Skinny but not too skinny. A slightly exaggerated contemporary version of Steed’s slim 60s cut trousers.

Shirt: Marks and Spencer. Their more expensive shirts are excellent quality for the money and don’t have stupidly short sleeves as standard.

Tie: Austin Reed, knitted silk.

Cufflinks: Invisible in the picture but rather natty early 70s Apollo moon landings commemorative jobs.

Socks: Garish but concealed

Shoes: Charles Tyrwhitt brogued Chelsea boots.

The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.

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