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The Grand Flaneur Walk

Gentlemen, ladies, dandies, chaps, fops, boulevardiers and flâneurs: we are taking our silver-topped malacca canes to the streets once again, but this time not to shout about tatty T-shirt emporia on Savile Row. The Grand Flâneur Walk on Sunday 14th July in London will simply be a walk without purpose; a stroll without direction; a civilised amble without destination. There is far too much purpose these days, and far too many distractions for the art of flanerie fully to be practiced by those who refuse to be ‘too busy’ or ‘stressed out’ about something or other that in all likelihood… Keep Reading

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The Chap Centenary Edition

On 17th May 2019 The Chap publishes its 100th edition. This landmark special anniversary issue features all-time Chap icon Terry-Thomas on the front cover, with an in-depth look at the actor and bounder’s life and career, with some never-seen family photographs kindly provided by T-T’s niece. Our main interview is with another bounder/actor Leslie Phillips, whom Chris Sullivan met at his home to chat about his 100 films. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall both feature as the ne plus ultra of Hollywood style, while Holly Rose Swinyard looks at how Chap style has influenced everything from blockbuster cinema to video… Keep Reading

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Chap Events 2019

To mark publication of our 100th edition in May 2019, and celebrate 20 years of The Chap, we are giving readers three opportunities to mark these two milestones, occurring throughout the summer and autumn of 2019. 14th JULY: THE GRAND FLANEUR WALK A mass stroll in London on Sunday 14th July to celebrate the art of the flaneur – one who walks, usually very well-dressed, without aim or purpose but filled with curiosity. Participants are invited to join us at the statue of Beau Brummell on Jermyn Street, London at midday, preferably carrying a walking cane but those without perambulatory… Keep Reading

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Chap 20th Anniversary Party

This year The Chap celebrates 20 years of publication, with the 100th edition published on 17th May 2019. To mark this pair of highly significant milestones, we are hosting a spectacular party on Saturday 8th June in London. Long-established WWII-themed shindig The Blitz Party, hosted by Chap Olympiad partners Bourne & Hollingsworth, will provide an entire room specially for Chaps and Chapettes to celebrate with us. This particular Blitz Party occurs on the nearest Saturday to D-Day, making it an even more special occasion. While other guests cavort to live swing bands and DJs in the event’s many rooms, those… Keep Reading

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Spring Edition Out Now

As Olly Smith so eloquently puts it in his drinks column, “As the Lowlands lead to the Highlands, so the first hundred Chaps will surely lead to the second hundred.” This, our 99th edition, does not skimp on the usual packed measure of quality, variety and scope, beginning with an interview with Hollywood actor Billy Zane, a man whose sartorial obsessions easily matched this publication’s. Other chaps interviewed are Antiques Roadshow presenter John Bly, who confessed never to have broadcast sober, as well as towering British novelist William Boyd, musician Darren Hayman and rodeo tailor Manuel Cuevas. Chaps profiled who… Keep Reading

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Terry-Thomas

On this day in 1990, Terry-Thomas died at Busbridge Hall Nursing Home in Godalming, Surrey. Something of a Chap icon, in fact more of a spiritual godhead, Terry-Thomas personified the upper-class Englishman with a strong caddish streak. He was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens in 1911, changing his stage name to Terry-Thomas in the 1930s, after trying less successful pseudonyms such as Thomas Terry and Mot Snevets (an anagram of Tom Stevens). An early attempt to disguise his dental diastema was abandoned, when he realised that the gap between his front teeth could actually benefit his image. He added to… Keep Reading

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Kendo Nagasaki – The Man Behind the Mask

Autobiographies often mark a turning point in the author’s life; the end of their creative output and time to reflect on a career; the opportunity to put scurrilous rumours to rest with the truth; the need to cash in on the dwindling fame of a reality TV show. The purpose of an autobiography to mark the unmasking of a wrestler whose face and voice have been hidden behind a red and black striped mask for over 50 years is certainly a first, and one unlikely ever to be repeated. Peter Thornley, the man behind the Kendo Nagasaki mask, has never… Keep Reading

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Winter 18 Edition

The Chap Winter 18 is available directly from here and in digital form from issuu.com Crammed to the gunwales with a broad variety of content, our main interview is with dandy actor and fashion designer John Malkovich. We also meet other remarkable men, including Nicholas Parsons, Craig Brown and a man who crossed the Alps on a Space Hopper. Sartorial contents include a fashion photo shoot at Cordings of Piccadilly, Mahoney Watches, Amide Hadelin, Loake Shoes, Grey Fox Column and Chris Sullivan on Sartorial Disphosophobia, the inability to discard a single vintage item in one’s wardrobe, even when it no… Keep Reading

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The Defiant Moustache

In the tribal district of Khyber on the Pakistan/Afghan border, moustaches are frowned upon. This is putting it mildly. Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant group allied with the Taliban, regularly terrify bewhiskered men with threat of kidnapping or even death if they persist in cultivating a large lip weasel. Taliban rules on beards are very clear: a man’s beard must be long enough to be gripped in a fist. Moustaches, however, are expected to be ‘neatly-trimmed’, though sizes are less specific. One thing’s for certain though – any man with a moustache large enough to grip in a fist will be hunted… Keep Reading

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Fenella Fielding, 1927-2018

The actress Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90 from a stroke, was one of our most difficult interviewees to track down. After countless attempts to reach her via her agent in 2008, it was several years later that I saw her on a street in Soho, stopping traffic in a black and white ensemble, a vampish tower of hair and black eyelashes peering over enormous black sunglasses. “Fenella, Fenella!” I called out from across the road, to the delighted schadenfreude of some hipsters sitting outside a café. They smirked as I approached Miss Fielding on the pavement, blurting out… Keep Reading

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Digital Editions

Our new digital partners issuu.com are based in the United States, and this means that UK customers who purchase the digital edition for only USD $5 will pay just £3.88 at today’s exchange rate. The digital edition is identical to the print edition and features Dandy Wellington on the cover, interviewed inside about his views on dandyism, jazz music and his collection of straw boaters. Inside you will also find an interview with actor Timothy Spall, who discuses his new film Stanley, A Man of Variety, in which he plays various British music hall and comedy legends. The Chap Travels:… Keep Reading

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The Chap in America

The Chap Magazine launched in the United States in Autumn 2018, available in selected branches of Barnes & Noble in all the major cities of the USA. There are already thousands of men and women in the United States who dress impeccably and celebrate precisely the values enshrined in our gentlemen’s periodical. Ever since interviewing film director John Waters in our fifth edition 20 years ago, it has come to our attention that the percentage of American men who kick against the slovenly dress codes of the age, and treat their choice of pocket square as the most important decision… Keep Reading

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