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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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Welcome to the new web site for The Chap, Britain’s longest running gentlemen’s publication. Since launching the new site in January 2018, we have uploaded plenty of new material from our extensive archive – see ARCHIVE Signing up for our newsletter is the best way for you to keep abreast, on a weekly basis, of … Keep Reading

Cheaney Shoes
Fashion

Last Horizon

Many have heard speak of the legend of Northampton. Historically the home of English shoe making since the 15th century, it is said that one may purchase footwear for a song from one of the eleven factory outlet stores. Four of us fired up Mick Hawksworth’s shooting brake and we set forth for the Midlands. … Keep Reading

Les Sapeurs
Fashion

Les Sapeurs

Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, is host to the Sapeurs: a group of dandies approaching the seriousness of a cult. Brazzaville is poor, like most Central-African nations, and it went through a civil war several years ago, the evidence of which is still pockmarked on quite a few facades. This is the reason … Keep Reading

Robert-ryan-on dangerous ground
Fashion

Mean Pleats

Hard-boiled language to go with hard-boiled plots. In fact, everything about Film Noir is pretty hard. Hard urban clutter in hard, rain-sodden mean streets. And the people who live on those streets are hard, too. The characters of film noir are not fulfilled, three-dimensional people. They are ciphers, stereotypes, interacting uneasily through confusing tales of … Keep Reading

Seersucker Social USA
Fashion

Cotton Club

For the capital city of a superpower nation, Washington is sadly insular, non-cosmopolitan and aesthetically conservative. The suits are gray or navy, the ties are red or blue. Not since the pith-helmeted and moustachioed Teddy Roosevelt has a president looked like anything other than a businessman. On top of this, the summer heat can be … Keep Reading

Summer Fabrics
Fashion

Summer Fabreeze

The Dilemma faced by a chap when deciding what to wear during the longish hottish British summer, or when sauntering through far-flung lands, can be a sticky one. When the season finally prevents the donning of 18oz tweed three-pieces, where does one turn to find sartorial solace on sunnier days? Many modern lightweights lack the … Keep Reading

Fashion on the Ration
Fashion

Fashion on the Ration

Think of clothing in World War II and chances are you’ll imagine either RAF officers on bombing raids or victory-rolled Land Girls in breeches and beetroot lipstick. You probably won’t think of men’s fashion. There’s a good reason for that. A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, Fashion on the Ration, 1940s Street Style, … Keep Reading

Steampunk
Photoshoots

All Steamed Up

We’ve learned all about their peculiar belief system on pages 22-25, Issue 43, but now it is time to find out what the steampunk dress code consists of. We invited Andy Heintz, Andrew O’Neill and the Intrepid Young Woman to inspect the contents of a treasure trove of singular scientific contraptions The Intrepid Young Woman … Keep Reading

Photoshoots

Britches & Hoes

With all this talk of “Austerity Britain” and the economic situation making a trip to Tesco seem as expensive and unappealing as a visit to Dubai, it is only natural that we should return to the notion of “growing our own”. Allotments, once the preserve of gentle old men with turnips dropping out of their … Keep Reading

Paul Anderson
Interviews

Paul Anderson Interview

Gustav Temple:  Your moustache is the only moustache in the entire cast of Peaky Blinders. We’re very interested in moustache growing at the Chap. Presumably you have to grow a new moustache for each round of filming. Do you grow it from scratch, or do you grow a full beard then shave off everything except … Keep Reading

Claire Banton
Am I Chap?

Claire Banton

“These photos were taken at the Chap Olympiad,” writes Claire Banton. “I’d travelled down from Teesside to take my father Ian Banton along. On the walk from Goodge Street station we were approached by a local down-and-out, who asked my Father the location of his penthouse – so can we assume (despite the fact he … Keep Reading

Jon West
Am I Chap?

Jon West

“Wot-ho, Wot!” wrote Jon West. “See attached mimeograph of self, please advise if Chappist.” The problem here is not so much a sartorial one but one of photography. Could this would-be gentleman not have stepped away from the plastic children’s toys and the smelly dog cushion? Then again, would it have made any difference? … Keep Reading

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