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Juliette Greco

Juliette Greco was the rebel dandizette, new bohemian icon and existentialist chanteuse of post-war Paris, says Sunday Swift If you were looking for one figure that exemplified the existentialist movement, in her music, her aesthetics and her rebellious persona, it would be Juliette Gréco. A 1960 article in Life magazine declared Gréco as the “soul … Keep Reading

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Leslie Phillips

Chris Sullivan meets the great British comic actor, now aged 94, whose recollections of his career serve as a history of British film, commencing with Phillips’ origins in Tottenham in the 1920s I must say, Mr. Phillips, this is a lovely house.I bought this house many years ago and it has become such a place … Keep Reading

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Chap Autumn 20

The new edition celebrates summer on the Riviera, via Worthing, Mont Ventoux and Tiger Bay, Cardiff Chap Autumn 20 is the second edition of this gentleman’s gazette published during lockdown and, if anything, the limitations have pushed the editorial team to produce a no less sensational edition than under normal circumstances. View a short video … Keep Reading

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New Men’s Fragrance from The Chap – Raffish

Hot on the heels of Flaneur comes a new gentlemanly scent that is more appropriate for night mischief Last year The Chap released its first fragrance for men, Flaneur, which was designed to be worn during daytime strolls about town in flannels and straw boater. Now comes a brand-new scent to be worn by gentlemen … Keep Reading

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    Leslie Phillips

    Chris Sullivan meets the great British comic actor, now aged 94, whose recollections of his career serve as a history… 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

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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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Raffish After-Shave Balm

The Chap's new eau de cologne, Raffish, has been joined by an after-shave balm with the same nocturnal scent based on sandalwood, vetiver, amber and patchouli with fragrant spices, ylang-ylang and blackcurrant, rising to top notes of jasmine, mandarin orange, lemon and gardenia. After a close shave with Raffish Shaving Soap, one simply … Keep Reading

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Raffish Shaving Set

For those wishing to make the recommended switch to traditional shaving methods, the Raffish Shaving Set provides everything you need. A sturdy black-handled badger-hair shaving brush accompanies a black-handled safety razor, with a free set of five blades, plus a tin of The Chap's very own Raffish Shaving Soap, a subtle rendering of the … Keep Reading

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Raffish Shaving Soap

A hard shaving soap bearing the same scent as Raffish Eau de Cologne, whose blend of of dark spices and elegant florals combine to produce a decadent scent that will make you feel louche as soon as you wear it. On a base of sandalwood, vetiver, amber and patchouli is added a fragrant sprinkling … Keep Reading

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Chap Autumn 20

Chap Autumn 20 features an interview with actor Martin Freeman, sharing his strong views on clothes, music, mods and badly dressed actors. We also meet Scott Simpson, a young fashion designer influenced by vintage, Palm Beach and Riviera styles, ivory tickler Tom Carradine and Alexander Larman, author of a new book on the abdication of … Keep Reading

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    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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Old Shanghai

Paul French, author of City of Devils, takes us on a walking tour of Old Shanghai, recounting the tales of decadence, opium and freebooting of the 1930s and what remains of that era in modern Shanghai In its heyday, Shanghai was the real deal when it came to anonymity – a chap could walk down … 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

Juliette Greco

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Juliette Greco was the rebel dandizette, new bohemian icon and existentialist chanteuse of post-war Paris, says Sunday Swift If you were looking for one figure that exemplified the existentialist movement, in her music, her aesthetics and her rebellious persona, it would be Juliette Gréco. A 1960 article in Life magazine declared Gréco as the “soul of post-war Paris” and she went on to perform and record for over 70 years. “I don’t take orders well and I’m not very obedient,” Juliette Gréco said in a 1999 interview for The Guardian. She belongs in a new category of dandy, setting her apart…

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Chap Pocket Squares

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The imminent launch of a brand-new pocket square design sees the restocking of our coveted breast pocket adornments The launch of our new eau de cologne Raffish has led to the inevitable question: which pocket square is the correct one to wear alongside this decadent gentlemen’s fragrance? The solution seemed to be the design of a brand-new pocket square bearing the raffish credentials of the scent itself. To this end, we asked our resident pocket square and fragrance label designer Caroline Lindop: please design a motif that captures the louche spirit of a chap setting off at midnight in search…

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RIP Diana Rigg

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With the passing of Diana Rigg, Sunday Swift reflects on her most iconic role, Emma Peel in The Avengers, ahead of a full tribute to the actress in our next edition The female dandy, AKA the cointrelle, quaintrelle, dandizette, lioness, peahen, chapette or dandyess, receives less attention than her male counterpart. Many words have been written about the immaculate dandyism of Patrick Macnee in The Avengers. With the passing of Diana Rigg, we turn our attention to Steed’s partner Emma Peel and her impeccable fashion sense.   Steed’s controlled, sharp, traditional Edwardian-inspired dandyism seems, in many ways, strikingly contrary to…

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A central hotel that provided a haven for guests during WWII proves a more than suitable billet for a visit to coronavirus London Upon our return from a three-day visit to London during the coronavirus pandemic, I asked my teenage children what their favourite part of the trip was. “The hotel!” they both said in unison. “What, better than the Science Museum, Tate Modern, Oxford Street, Soho and seeing your two uncles?” There was no question about it, the Strand Palace Hotel won hands down, and this was not surprising. Having lived in London for over 20 years, mostly in…

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