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Josephine Baker

Chris Sullivan traces the sensational career of the dirt poor girl from St Louis who went on to become the reigning queen of 1920s Paris and an international star. The sun was shining as best it could in Paris on the 15th April 1975. 20,000 people had lined the streets to watch Joséphine Baker’s funeral … Keep Reading

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Bright Young City

Chris Sullivan on how the end of WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic brought about the birth of nightclub culture in 1920s London. The nightclub ethos as we now perceive it, with bars and dance floors on which men and women actually dance together, began in the 1920s. Before the era, aptly named the Jazz … Keep Reading

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Gustav Temple meets the man declared by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest explorer, to discuss climbing Everest and the Eiger while suffering from vertigo, discovering the Lost City of Ubar, being kicked out of the SAS for blowing up civilian property and using a sextant to navigate at the South Pole. … Keep Reading

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The Summer Edition

The Overlook Revisited edition anticipates a return to the frolics and fun denied to the world over the last year. CHAP Summer 21, out on 17th June, marks the promised return to ‘normality’ by celebrating those who have taken a joyously abnormal approach to life. Our main interview is with the triple Oscar-winning star of … Keep Reading

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    Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    Gustav Temple meets the man declared by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest explorer, to discuss climbing… Keep Reading

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    RIP Helen McCrory

    As a tribute to the late actress, who died aged 52 on 16th April, Gustav Temple recalls an inspiring encounter… Keep Reading

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    Martin Freeman Interview

    Chris Sullivan meets the stylish actor to discuss the mod aesthetic, music, Mark Powell, badly dressed actors and acid jazz.… Keep Reading

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    Geoffrey Palmer

    Several years ago, Alex Smythe-Smith met the lugubrious actor, who recently passed away aged 93, at his home in Buckinghamshire… 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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The Chap Issue 100

The centenary edition of this publication contains a suitably grand sweep over 20 years of Chappism, with a history of the publication from its launch in 1999. Our cover star is celebrated in a 12-page feature on the life and work of Terry-Thomas. The main interview is with fellow bounder Leslie Phillips, while other interviewees … Keep Reading

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Hot on the heels of our Chap Lapel Badge comes a lapel adornment that raises one's game by several levels. The Star Lapel Badge is the ultimate Anarcho-dandyist badge of dishonour. The subtle - and slightly confusing to most people - reference to Marxist ideology, in the fact that the design was based on … Keep Reading

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Based on original art deco designs from the 1920s, our Deco Floral design from Caroline Lindop is a luscious beauty on its own, and even better when sunk nonchalantly into the breast pocket of one’s jacket. It is printed on pure silk and measures 41cm by 41cm. Recommended usage: to liven up a plain tweed … Keep Reading

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Rajasthan, India

On a recent trip to Rajasthan, I discovered that not only does India possess its famous wealth of history and architecture, but it is also one of the most natural habitats for the travelling Chap. My journey took me first to Delhi, only nine hours away by plane but, as soon as you land, the … 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

Josephine Baker

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Chris Sullivan traces the sensational career of the dirt poor girl from St Louis who went on to become the reigning queen of 1920s Paris and an international star. The sun was shining as best it could in Paris on the 15th April 1975. 20,000 people had lined the streets to watch Joséphine Baker’s funeral procession. Having already been awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Medal of the Resistance and named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for her part in the Resistance, she was honoured with a 21-gun salute, making her the first American woman to be buried…

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Bright Young City

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Chris Sullivan on how the end of WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic brought about the birth of nightclub culture in 1920s London. The nightclub ethos as we now perceive it, with bars and dance floors on which men and women actually dance together, began in the 1920s. Before the era, aptly named the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, so-called ‘respectable’ women did not frequent late night venues, were not allowed into pubs and were not expected to trip the light fantastic. Their position in life was to make babies and clean the house. For the most part, the…

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On the loss of Charlie Watts aged 80, Gustav Temple recalls the Rolling Stones’ drummer’s lifetime devotion to looking dapper. The young Charles Robert Watts’ first sartorial influence was his father, who took him to his Jewish tailor in the East End. Once Charlie discovered jazz in the 1950s, he was struck by the style of the musicians as well as the music, which remained with him even after he joined what was to become the world’s biggest rock band. “The lovely thing about jazz guys in that period,” Watts told GQ in 2012, “was that they were very handsome…

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The Sparks Brothers

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The release of Edgar Wright’s extraordinary and exciting documentary The Sparks Brothers, along with Leos Carax’s film Annette, gave CHAP French correspondent Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe the chance for a cheerful chinwag with two mighty brothers whose artistic, human and sartorial journey is a force to be reckoned with. In these forced globalisation times where, if we are not careful enough, we may all end up wearing, listening and eating the same things from Newcastle to Kuala Lumpur via Rouen, the Sparks’ long career represents a glimmer of hope. ‘Neither quite the same nor quite another’, to use Verlaine’s lines, The Sparks…

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