New Issue Rocks and Rolls off the Presses
Our racy new issue features Slim Jim Phantom on the front cover, who brought a dash of L.A. rockabilly rebelliousness to this publication.
Mr. Phantom discussed his years as drummer with the Stray Cats, the terrifying experience of working with Jerry Lee Lewis, his years as a cocktail bar impresario on Sunset Strip and his peculiar fondness for Lady Diana memorabilia.
We also met some radical dandies from Kurdish Iraq, who are reacting to living in war-torn Erbil by dressing very nicely indeed. Then there is the tale of an Edwardian gentleman who walked around the world pushing a pram, wearing an iron mask, for a bet. Our history of politics includes the soapbox, the mace and the woolsack, while Tom Cutler presents some Chappish lateral thinking puzzles.
Further chronicles come from our Chap Behind Bars, an incarcerated dandy who is surviving the penal system by making flat caps for the other inmates. Our new book review section looks at Dead Man’s Shoes and Wake Up Sir, while our film reviewer gets his teeth into the re-release of GoodFellas. Laszlo Krass continues to try and save a priceless Caravaggio with the help of nine supermodels, and we take a look at the dress codes of the great British writers through the ages.
Sartorial matters covered include the Oxford Shoe, the Shetland Sweater and the Gentleman’s Underpant. Our resident butler advises on smoking jackets, tweed allergies and Chinese headwear.
Issue 91 of The Chap is out now. Find it at all branches of W.H. Smith or take out a subscription here