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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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How to Dress Lecture

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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…

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Cooking For Chaps

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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…

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Abercrombie & Fitch Protest

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The Chap staged a peaceful protest against Abercrombie & Fitch at midday on Monday 29th September 2014. Some fifty extremely well-dressed Chaps and Chapettes descended on Savile Row to express their distaste at the opening of a children’s ready-to-wear (or ready-to-throw-in-the-dustbin, judging by the manufacturing quality) clothing outlet, on a street which has remained the home of bespoke tailors for more than two centuries. Westminster Council, in The Chap’s eyes, is just as guilty as Abercrombie & Fitch, for colluding with the big American retailer to allow them to convert a listed Georgian building into a gaudily decorated and vulgarly…

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde

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Following a 43-date UK Tour and sell-out run at St James Theatre, European Arts Company is delighted to announce that The Trials of Oscar Wilde is transferring to Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited four-week run. The production will open on Monday 13th October, in celebration of Oscar Wilde’s 160th birthday that same week, and will run until Saturday 8th November. A special Birthday Gala performance will take place on Thursday 16th October at 7.45pm (Oscar’s Birthday) with further details to be announced soon. Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and…

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RIP Donald Sinden

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As a tribute to great British actor Sir Donald Sinden, who died this morning aged 90, we reproduce his last interview, which appeared in issue 69 of The Chap. Michael “Atters” Attree met Sir Donald in his enchanting period house overlooking the wilds of the Kent countryside, to discuss Richard Burton, Lord Alfred Douglas and working with Patrick MacGoohan in The Prisoner. I’m going to start by asking about the 1971 film Villain. I appreciate you’re an excellent thespian but I do love Villain. I was in that! I was playing an MP. That’s right! A very naughty MP. I…

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Dapper Danny and His Gang

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A group of American schoolboys all wore suits, ties and hats as a show of support to a younger pupil at their school who was being bullied for his speech impediment. Danny Keefe, aged 6, has a condition called Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), a motor speech disorder that prevents his brain from coordinating properly with the muscles that create speech. Danny is very intelligent and knows what he wants to say, but the message gets lost on its way from his brain to his mouth, making him difficult to understand. Danny began going to school wearing dress shirts and…

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Michael Gove is Chap Hop Fan

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The Daily Telegraph has reported a curious affiliation by Education Secretary Michael Gove for the works of Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer. It seems that Mr. Gove, when asked by another newspaper to name his favourite musical artistes, professed to being “strangely addicted to chap hop rappers Professor Elemental, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Mr Bruce and the Correspondents.” The confession was immediately viewed by journalists as a deliberate attempt to make himself sound rather “with-it”, until they realised just how difficult it is to become acquainted with the works of said chap hop artistes. Being an aficionado of…

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Doctor’s Boots Not Dr Marten’s

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In its haste to trumpet the arrival of the twelfth Time Lord, the BBC made a huge howler by attributing most of his items of clothing to the wrong manufacturer. As reported by The Chap in good faith, having sourced its information from the usually reliable diktats released by Auntie, the Doctor’s boots were believed to have been provided by Dr Marten. Now, following more detailed research by the Daily Telegraph (who had also reported the footwear inaccurately) it turns out that the Doctor’s black brogue boots, with a very similar sole to a Dr Marten, are in actual fact…

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New Doctor’s Outfit Revealed

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The BBC has released the first picture of Peter Capaldi wearing the new Doctor’s costume. Capaldi’s outfit as the Twelfth Time Lord will consist of a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt and black Dr. Marten brogues. Lord only knows what costume designer Howard Burden was thinking when he came up with this ensemble, or what he was trying to convey. Mr. Capaldi looks like a naughty schoolboy halfway to being a skinhead, except his mum won’t let him shave his hair off and won’t let him have proper Dr Marten’s boots. There…

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BBC Remains Beardless

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Jeremy Paxman has once again caused ripples across the world’s beard wearing community by shaving off his beard, having set Newsnight viewers a-chattering last year when he returned to work from his hols, still wearing his lounging-about-in-the-Med facial plumage. Mr. Paxman is clearly enjoying the excitement caused by minor changes in his facial appearance (although his attempts to stop wearing a tie on live television broadcasts last year have quietly been forgotten about, not doubt after been hauled in front of the BBC politburo for such a crime against respectability). As these two before and after photographs show, it isn’t…

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The Case of the Missing Overcoat

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Despite being set in the modern age, the BBC’s current production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Sherlock, has been just as fastidious on the costume front as period pieces were. Benedict Cumberbatch’s coat is the sole piece of costume retained for the character from the original 2009 pilot episode. The Belstaff ‘Milford’ Coat is made from pure Irish wool tweed, bonded with a sophisticated, ultra-light microporous film, to make it waterproof without altering the natural qualities of comfort and breathability. Detailed with distinctive red button holes, three Belstaff Milfords were originally purchased from the Belstaff store on Conduit Street,…

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