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Henry Blofeld
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Ask Blowers!

Our new sartorial columnist Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld features in our Winter 17 edition, published on 17th November 2017. Read an excerpt below, and watch Blowers’ instructional videos at www.peterchristian.co.uk MONOCHROME ELEGANCE It has come to my notice that there are strange people who consider the wearing a conventional dinner jacket and black tie to be boring. These are clearly people who not only have no sense of style, but no imagination as well. A dinner jacket and black tie is devilish stylish, both on its own and as a background for further adventures. The chic-est dinner jacket – never Dinner… Keep Reading

Spencers Trousers
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The Chap Loves – Spencers Trousers

While the well-turned ankle of a lady is a pleasure for all eternity, the nude leg of a Chap has more in common with pulled pork than the shimmering delight of a Michelangelo sculpture. The unsheathed shank is a reckless fellow, falling upon the chattering classes like an Assyrian horde, scattering children, disheveling ladies and confusing pets. But this anarchic activity can be mastered. All that is required are trousers. With a modicum of thought and a peck of effort, one can reach an outcome that marries both utilitarian necessity and the demands of good taste. But simply stretching your… Keep Reading

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy’s Tattoos

In the latest edition of The Chap, we speak to various members of the cast and crew on Peaky Blinders, including the hair and make-up stylist, Loz Schiavo, who reveals how she came up with the iconic Peaky Blinder haircut. She also speaks about the very different approach she took to styling the actor Tom Hardy for his role as Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons. It is well-known that Mr. Hardy is heavily tattooed in real life, and Ms Schiavo explains how, after the task of applying fake tattoos to Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, a much greater challenge was… Keep Reading

Tony Warren
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Peaky Blinders Competition

Tony Warren is is one of the runners-up in our Peaky Blinders competition, held in conjunction with Darcy Clothing. The prize is a Darcy Clothing granddad shirt and separate collar, plus collar studs, and a pair of Hudson boots. Mr. Warren was one of countless entries, many of whom cut the sartorial mustard as 1920s Brummie gangsters, all of them approaching such a look in their own unique manner. We shall publish the runners-up here over the next few weeks, and the winner will be published at the end of September. Congratulations to all who entered and especially to our… Keep Reading

Chap Olympiad Jousting
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Another Triumphant Chap Olympiad

Despite unfathomable weather conditions, malfunctioning trouser presses and a nation in political and emotional turmoil, the 12th Chap Olympiad made its mark on the fields of Bloomsbury on Saturday 16th July. An unexpected heatwave seared through the capital, bringing with it, in equal measure, a burst of enthusiasm to test one’s mettle in Umbrella Jousting, Tea Pursuit and Bounder Hunt, as well as sartorial indecision. Would tweed invoke unnecessary perspiration, disquieting judges who are alert for any signs of athletic effort, or indeed any effort at all? Would linen clash with other linens? Would the dreaded short trousers have to… Keep Reading

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Fenella Fielding Video

Watch a video clip of Fenella Fielding being interviewed for the latest edition of The Chap. We sent rogue reporter and editor-at-large Michael “Atters” Attree to meet the eccentric actress, who was an iconic figure in the 1960s and worked with actors such as John Le Mesurier, Leslie Philips, Charles Hawtrey and Patrick MacGoohan, providing the voice for the tannoy in his series the Prisoner. The pair met in the upstairs room at the French House, Soho, where they discussed a broad range of topics, including working with Harry H. Corbett on Carry On Screaming, wearing silk-lined leather gloves, her… Keep Reading

Peaky Blinders
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Dress Like a Peaky Blinder

As Season 3 of Peaky Blinders gets under way, so the nation’s fervour for dressing like dapper 1920s Brummie gangsters returns. But don’t expect to walk into Top Man and find a rail of Peaky Blinders clothing (actually do, but it’ll be rubbish). Heed our advice, and you will easily assemble an outfit that Tommy Shelby would be happy to spatter with blood. The most distinctive feature that sets apart the Peaky Blinders from other chaps of the early 20th century is the lack of neckwear. Only Arthur Shelby is ever seen sporting neckwear, usually a bow tie. His brother… Keep Reading

Chap Tweed Jacket
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The Chap Tweed Jacket

In our ceaseless quest to dress the nation properly, The Chap has created a tweed jacket for gentlemen, in conjunction with renowned tweed merchants Walker Slater. The Chap Tweed Jacket comes in an all-round shade of bottle green with a classic hacking jacket construction, with a single rear vent, three buttons and a ticket pocket. Unlike a hacking jacket, however, the pockets are straight, not slanted, a feature we considered more versatile and suitable for town and well as country wear. the tweed is a medium-weight Harris Tweed with a herringbone pattern. Walker Salter are an Edinburgh-based menswear company specialising… Keep Reading

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Drinking for Chaps

Hot on the heels of Cooking for Chaps, published in 2014, comes an authoritative and definitive guide to getting plastered. Drinking for Chaps is a collaboration between Gustav Temple and esteemed drinks writer Olly Smith. Together they embarked on a magical journey to the heart of each and every type of alcoholic drink imaginable, from cocktails to cognac and everything in between, in order to set out precisely how Chaps should approach each of them. From which particular jacket to wear when sipping white wine, what to nibble with a glass of vodka, how to mix a dry martini, and,… Keep Reading

Patrick Macnee
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Rest in Three-Piece

Patrick Macnee, the actor who played John Steed in The Avengers, has died at his California home aged 93. For The Chap, Steed has always epitomised the ideal to which all Chaps should aspire. Both a man of action and a louche bon vivant, he managed effortlessly to combine living the high life with solving impossible riddles set by capricious villains. Steed’s dress code was pure Savile Row gent: he was never seen in shirtsleeves, even when engaged in fisticuffs, and always wore a three-piece tailored lounge suit, coloured bowler, and always carried a whangee-handled umbrella. His unique, though rooted… Keep Reading

Gustav Temple
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How to Dress Lecture

Join Gustav Temple on a magical journey into the heart of sartorial splendour, commencing at the Idler Academy. Mr. Temple has created a series of four lectures on how to dress properly, and which include informal dress, formal dress, clothes maintenance and buying bespoke and vintage garments. Assisted by the Chap’s very own valet in residence, Rupert Bell, this series of half-hour lectures is designed to guide the modern gentleman into a way of dressing that is both sharp and original, brushing aside popular misconceptions that dressing in an old-fashioned way is somehow stuffy or conventional. In the Chap and… Keep Reading

Cooking For Chaps
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Cooking For Chaps

The Chap, in collaboration with expert cook Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen, has written a cook book aimed at reviving the lost art of British cookery. Cooking For Chaps trawls through the greatest British recipes from the last 200 years to bring you the finest selection of meals to prepare for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, dinner and supper. The traditional courses have all been observed, with the addition of helpful advice on pre-dinner cocktails, picnic foods and table manners relevant to the contemporary dinner table. Recipes begin with breakfast, with particular emphasis on breakfast in bed – both the optimistic… Keep Reading

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