The Chap is now a quarterly journal at double its former size.
The design has also changed in a way that is more pleasing to the eye and which allows more content to flourish. The extra 72 pages have been devoted to more in-depth sartorial features; longer features on more complex topics such as art, politics, sexual politics and social history. Our main interview in the first quarterly edition is with actor Richard E. Grant, who discusses the making of Withnail and I on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release.
We have deployed the services of a crop of new writers, one of whom went all the way to war-torn Iraq to report on Mr. Erbil, a radical group of Kurdish dandies. Other new areas investigated include Rational Dress, a women’s clotting movement that tied in with the suffragettes; a guide to buying antiques from Michael “Atters” Attree; a review of the new Eric Ravilious exhibition; John Le Mesurier’s lifelong devotion to cricket; Tallulah Bankhead’s lifelong devotion to bourbon, women and cocaine; Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel; drinks writer Olly Smith on birdwatching in an Aston Martin; a new feature on dandiacal youth tribes, starting with the Parisian Zazous of the 1940s; am introduction to anarchism for chaps from a professor of politics.
Sartorial coverage includes a column from Grey Fox Blog, a column from a nonbinary Chap, an interview with dandy designer Joshua Kane, a photo feature on retro-stylish new fashion label Simon James Cathcart, polo shirts, Hutton Desert Boots, workwear and knapsacks, plus a feature on Chester Cordite, the tailor bringing film noir suits back into style. We also introduce our brand-new vintage events guide, covering every chap-friendly vintage festival taking place throughout the summer, with a ticket competition for one of them. There is also a cryptic crossword with a specific sartorial theme. All this plus regulars Am I Chap?, The Butler’s sartorial advice, Chap News and The Lip Weasel.
The Chap, Summer 2017 edition, price £5.99. Order your copy by credit or debit card here