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The Genteel Art of Male Grooming

Chris Sullivan looks back at the history of male grooming to ensure that post-lockdown man is ready to spruce himself up After months of lockdown, whereby a chap has been bereft of haircut, a barber’s wet shave and, for some, a manicure, many of Britain’s menfolk now resemble Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry … Keep Reading

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New Chap Edition Video

This short videogramme by Sophie Gargett gives a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for readers of Chap Summer 20, published in May 2020. Heading the cast is Honor Blackman, the subject of a profile by editor Gustav Temple, which focuses on the star’s roles as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in … Keep Reading

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Cocktails for Lockdown

Gustav Temple and Olly Smith share the ideal cocktails to make at home, while the cocktail bars are all closed during Lockdown The origin of the word ‘cocktail’ remains a mystery to historians. One minute men were swigging fermented fruit from gourds and grunting at each other, the next they were swapping witticisms while sipping … Keep Reading

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FREE copy of Best of The Chap

As an introductory offer for new subscribers, we are offering a FREE copy of Best of The Chap when you take out an annual subscription. For just £24, you will receive four editions of The Chap Magazine, plus a free copy of our 300-page hardback book celebrating 20 years of publication. Simply visit our Subscriptions … Keep Reading

  • Vic Reeves Interview

    On a rain lashed, windswept day in Hove, East Sussex, Vic Reeves and actor Tony Pitts ducked into the Westbourne… Keep Reading

  • The Marquess of Bath

    The day we visit Lord Bath, Longleat is out of season. It’s grey and raining, and even the stone lions… Keep Reading

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    Alec Baldwin Interview

    The Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin entered the humble life of The Chap in a rather odd manner. We received a… Keep Reading

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    Helen McCrory Interview

    Gustav Temple meets the star of Peaky Blinders, whose character Aunt Polly not only holds the entire Shelby family together,… Keep Reading

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    John Malkovich

    Hercule Poirot is an iconic character. What was it that drew you to the role and why did you want… Keep Reading

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Chap Summer 20

The Summer of Lockdown edition of The Chap leads with a profile of Honor Blackman and her roles as Cathy Gale in the Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Also profiled are art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, monocled dystopian film-maker Fritz Lang and Godard muse Anna Karina. The European theme continues with travel features … Keep Reading

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Lockdown Bundle

With all of isolated in our homes, drinking our way through the reserves of port, whisky and gin, a chap or chapette needs something weighty to read, so we have assembled this special Coronavirus Bundle, which includes: a copy of our 300-page hardback tome Best of The Chap; four randomly selected back issues of The … Keep Reading

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Chap Spring 20

Chap Spring 20 is our Hollywood Golden Age special. Our main interview is with dapper actor Alec Baldwin, with profiles of Ava Gardner and Robert Mitchum and a top five Ava Gardner film list. We also meet living 60s legend Rita Tushingham from 1961’s A Taste of Honey. Photographs of lovely ladies in vintage Hollywood … Keep Reading

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Debonair Moustache Wax

From a new collaboration with famed lip weasel stiffener Captain Fawcett comes Debonair, a moustache wax for gentlemen. The creation of Debonair was personally supervised by Gustav Temple at the Captain Fawcett Grooming Factory, following a stunningly simple brief: give me a moustache wax, my good man, that conjures up old leather armchairs and aromatic … Keep Reading

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    What Katie Did

    A stocking for every occasion? Well, they haven’t yet brought out a Tweed Seam (The Chap will be the first… Keep Reading

  • Dashing Tweeds

    Dashing Tweeds make fabulous, flamboyant tweeds that fuse great British workmanship with innovative design and dandiacal flair. Neil Ridley and… Keep Reading

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    Peaky Blinders

    The Chap took some semi-professional models and clothing supplied by Darcy Clothing and Some Like it Holy to create our… Keep Reading

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    Laird Hatters

    Laird Hatters supply the more fashionable parts of London with sterling bowlers, Fedoras, trilbies, Homburgs, Baker Boy Caps and many… Keep Reading

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    Earl of Bedlam

    In issue 94 we took to the streets of Lambeth to photograph the clothes made by local bespoke tailor Earl… Keep Reading

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    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… Keep Reading

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Kentucky

Kentucky is regarded as the first of the Southern states, sitting south of the Ohio River on the eastern side of the United States. It is a green and pleasant land, literally. There are miles of gently rolling hills, clean air and plentiful amounts of fine pure mineral water. All these elements play a large … Keep Reading

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Quito, Ecuador

One of the fourteen countries that straddle the Equator, Ecuador took its name from that imaginary line and offers an engaging place for the traveller to explore with much historical interest, museums and art galleries but, more significantly, it’s the best place in the world to buy a Panama hat. I took a trip out … Keep Reading

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Disneyland Dapper Day

Why am I writing about Disneyland in The Chap, you ask? Because, for the past four years, Disneyland in Anaheim California been the epicentre (not Epcot Center – that one’s in Florida,) of Dapper Day, and Rose Callahan and I had been invited by the event’s organizer to give a presentation about our book I … Keep Reading

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Gustav Temple pays a visit to the Barbadillo Bodegas in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, to settle once and for all what the difference is between Fino and Manzanilla You can smell the bodegas before you see them; the scent of sherry in all its forms wafts about Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a small town on the coast of the Cadiz province, as you wander down from the railway station, becoming stronger as you reach the Barrio Alto. I was shown around the Barbadillo bodegas by Tim Holt, a dapper British expatriate dressed like an Andalucian señorito: blue blazer, crisp unbuttoned pink shirt…

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Creams, colognes and after-shaves

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Part Two of Chris Sullivan’s history of male grooming The first rudimentary form of shaving cream was documented in Sumer, Mesopotamia (now Southern Iraq), around 3000 BC, which combined wood alkali and animal fat. Further shaving creams remained essentially unchanged from the Romans to the Renaissance, and it wasn’t until the 18th century that men started using a badger hairbrush to apply the soap. Shaving cream as we now know it first cropped up in the 1840s in England, Vroom and Fowler’s Walnut Oil Military Shaving Soap being one of the first widely available foaming tablets on the market. Since…

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The Genteel Art of Male Grooming

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Chris Sullivan looks back at the history of male grooming to ensure that post-lockdown man is ready to spruce himself up After months of lockdown, whereby a chap has been bereft of haircut, a barber’s wet shave and, for some, a manicure, many of Britain’s menfolk now resemble Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter or Giant Haystacks, rather than Terry Thomas. As such, a touch – or rather a large slab – of personal grooming is in order for the well dressed Man-Who-Can-Now-Be-About-Town, while a little investigation is certainly also in order, to remind us all of the…

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This short videogramme by Sophie Gargett gives a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for readers of Chap Summer 20, published in May 2020. Heading the cast is Honor Blackman, the subject of a profile by editor Gustav Temple, which focuses on the star’s roles as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Members of our European collection of eccentric dandies, artists, filmmakers and actors are Fritz Lang, Anna Karina, Tamara de Lempicka and Federico Fellini. We also tracked down the most splendidly attired chaps from countries across the Continent, from Luxembourg to Hungary, with features from…

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