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Winter Edition of The Chap

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Chap Magazine Issue 94

Our November edition comes out on 17/11/17, two days after the broadcast of the first episode of Season 4 of Peaky Blinders on BBC2. Having been granted exclusive access to the production team, cast and creators, The Chap is proud to have Paul Anderson, who plays Arthur Shelby in the series, on the front cover, as well as in a six-page interview inside. We also spent some time with Stephen Knight, who wrote and devised Peaky Blinders, to find out how he came up with the idea while chatting to his relatives in Birmingham. We also met Loz Schiavo, hair…

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The Rake’s Progress

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Hot on the heels of Cooking For Chaps, Drinking for Chaps and How to Be Chap, this publication seeks to break new literary ground with the publication of The Rake’s Progress. The Chap founder Gustav Temple is collaborating with historical biographer Alexander Larman, author of Byron’s Women and Blazing Star, (The Life of the Earl of Rochester), to produce The Rake’s Progress, a comprehensive and splendidly entertaining look at twenty men and women who all, in different ways, can be described as ‘rakes’. The Rake has drifted in and out of every decade since man first realised he could choose between…

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Dandies Unite Against Terrorism

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The capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, Erbil, which has been at the frontline of the struggle against the Islamic State (IS) group, has seen the birth of a sartorial revolution. A group of proto-Chaps is calling themselves Mr. Erbil and has been dubbed “Iraq’s first gentlemen’s fashion club”. Mr. Erbil’s first photo shoot gathered huge amounts of social media followers and sent ripples of approval among followers of this publication. Mr. Erbil stress that what they are doing mixes “modernity and cultural heritage”, by harking back to the lifestyles of the Effendis, the traditional Kurdish landowning…

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Ask Blowers!

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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…

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Tom Hardy’s Tattoos

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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…

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Peaky Blinders Competition

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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…

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Another Triumphant Chap Olympiad

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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…

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Fenella Fielding Video

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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…

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Dress Like a Peaky Blinder

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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…

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The Chap Tweed Jacket

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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…

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Drinking for Chaps

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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,…

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Rest in Three-Piece

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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…

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