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Kendo Nagasaki – The Man Behind the Mask

Autobiographies often mark a turning point in the author’s life; the end of their creative output and time to reflect on a career; the opportunity to put scurrilous rumours to rest with the truth; the need to cash in on the dwindling fame of a reality TV show. The purpose of an autobiography to mark the unmasking of a wrestler whose face and voice have been hidden behind a red and black striped mask for over 50 years is certainly a first, and one unlikely ever to be repeated. Peter Thornley, the man behind the Kendo Nagasaki mask, has never… Keep Reading

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New Winter Edition Out Now

The Chap Winter 18 is out now, available directly from here and in most branches of WH Smith on Friday. Crammed to the gunwales with a broad variety of content, our main interview is with dandy actor and fashion designer John Malkovich. We also meet other remarkable men, including Nicholas Parsons, Craig Brown and a man who crossed the Alps on a Space Hopper. Sartorial contents include a fashion photo shoot at Cordings of Piccadilly, Mahoney Watches, Amide Hadelin, Loake Shoes, Grey Fox Column and Chris Sullivan on Sartorial Disphosophobia, the inability to discard a single vintage item in one’s… Keep Reading

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Seaward & Stearn Sample Sale

Founded by Gary Seaward and Mark Stearn, who met while working at Turnbull & Asser, Seaward & Stearn is a British menswear and accessories brand that started making ties and now produces pocket squares, shirts, scarves and occasionally knitwear. Mostly sold through retailers in the UK, US and Japan, every year Seaward & Stern hold a couple of sample sales at their London workshop. Gary and Mark have been operating from their small workshop on a side street in the shadow of London Bridge since 2003, with a team of 25 tie makers and seamstresses. New apprentices can take up… Keep Reading

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The Defiant Moustache

In the tribal district of Khyber on the Pakistan/Afghan border, moustaches are frowned upon. This is putting it mildly. Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant group allied with the Taliban, regularly terrify bewhiskered men with threat of kidnapping or even death if they persist in cultivating a large lip weasel. Taliban rules on beards are very clear: a man’s beard must be long enough to be gripped in a fist. Moustaches, however, are expected to be ‘neatly-trimmed’, though sizes are less specific. One thing’s for certain though – any man with a moustache large enough to grip in a fist will be hunted… Keep Reading

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Fenella Fielding, 1927-2018

The actress Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90 from a stroke, was one of our most difficult interviewees to track down. After countless attempts to reach her via her agent in 2008, it was several years later that I saw her on a street in Soho, stopping traffic in a black and white ensemble, a vampish tower of hair and black eyelashes peering over enormous black sunglasses. “Fenella, Fenella!” I called out from across the road, to the delighted schadenfreude of some hipsters sitting outside a café. They smirked as I approached Miss Fielding on the pavement, blurting out… Keep Reading

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Digital Edition Now Available

Due to the delayed publication of our Autumn edition – now published on 10th September – we have released the digital edition ahead of that date, for those readers who simply cannot wait to read the latest issue. Our new digital partners issuu.com are based in the United States, and this means that UK customers who purchase the digital edition for only USD $5 will pay just £3.88 at today’s exchange rate. The digital edition is identical to the print edition and features Dandy Wellington on the cover, interviewed inside about his views on dandyism, jazz music and his collection… Keep Reading

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The Chap in America

The Chap Magazine is launching in the United States in Autumn 2018. From 20th September, the Autumn edition of The Chap will be available in selected branches of Barnes & Noble in all the major cities of the USA. Will American chaps enjoy the publication? We believe they will, for there are already thousands of men and women in the United States who dress impeccably and celebrate precisely the values enshrined in our gentlemen’s periodical. Ever since interviewing film director John Waters in our fifth edition at the beginning of this century, it has come to our attention that the… Keep Reading

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The Chap Autumn 2018 Out Now

The Chap Autumn 18 is now available in most branches of WH Smith and from thechap.co.uk Our main interview is with actor Timothy Spall, who speaks about his new film Stanley, a Man of Variety, as well as impersonating Terry-Thomas during the interview. Other meetings with remarkable men include Dandy Wellington (above), New York bandleader, impresario and dandy, and Lance Richardson, author of the first biography of Tommy Nutter. Our new travel section includes a vintage voyage along the Nile in the company of Pandora Harrison, while author Paul French takes us on a walking tour of 1930s Shanghai. New… Keep Reading

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Gareth Southgate’s Lucky Waistcoat

For years, The Chap has been championing the importance of men observing ancient codes of sartorial correctitude. We feel that such dress rules have persisted for centuries because they are signifiers of something higher than mere clothing. Not to wear tweed in the city has no practical purpose, other than to signify to other gentlemen that you are “in the know”; adhering to the rules that subtly express “we are all in it together”. Wearing the right combinations of clothing, as well as making aesthetic sense, is also a desire not to offend. The idea of being “rebellious” by wearing… Keep Reading

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The Happy Prince

At the start of Rupert Everett’s new film, we see the Oscar Wilde we know – decked out in evening clothes, telling the titular fairy tale to his two sons. The 1997 film Wilde with Stephen Fry has several scenes like this, which show Wilde as a loving father. And then Everett as Wilde breaks the fourth wall and says to camera, “It’s a dream.” It’s also a bracing statement of intent: We’re not going to see that Oscar Wilde. The Wilde we’re watching is about to scrounge some absinthe and cocaine for himself and two street urchins, then paint… Keep Reading

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The Fake Royal Commentator

It has been discovered that Thomas J Mace-Archer-Mills Esq, a familiar face in television interviews during the Royal Wedding, was a fraud. Mace-Archer-Mills cut the mustard on television, with his upper class accent, traditional attire and air of authority on all things royal, and passed comment on the Royal Wedding without anyone questioning his credentials. He was one of the most frequently seen faces on TV during the run-up to the wedding, giving insightful comments such as why Meghan Markle was right not to wear a shoulderless dress during the ceremony: “You are in a chapel which is a royal… Keep Reading

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STANLEY, A MAN OF VARIETY

The new film written by and starring Timothy Spall uses a format with which readers of The Chap will be familiar. The style of Kind Hearts and Coronets, in which Dennis Price played the lead while all the other roles were played by Alec Guinness, has been taken even further with Stanley, a Man of Variety. In the film, out today, both the lead role and all the supporting characters are played by Timothy Spall; his is the only human face to appear on the screen for the whole movie. Added to this unusual format is the fact that nearly… Keep Reading

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