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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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The Chap Autumn 2018

The Chap Autumn 18 is available from thechap.co.uk Our main interview is with actor Timothy Spall, who speaks about his new film Stanley, a Man of Variety, as well as impersonating Terry-Thomas during the interview. Other meetings with remarkable men include Dandy Wellington (above), New York bandleader, impresario and dandy, and Lance Richardson, author of the first biography of Tommy Nutter. Our new travel section includes a vintage voyage along the Nile in the company of Pandora Harrison, while author Paul French takes us on a walking tour of 1930s Shanghai. New Chap writer Chris Sullivan, founder of 1980s style… Keep Reading

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Gareth Southgate’s Lucky Waistcoat

For years, The Chap has been championing the importance of men observing ancient codes of sartorial correctitude. We feel that such dress rules have persisted for centuries because they are signifiers of something higher than mere clothing. Not to wear tweed in the city has no practical purpose, other than to signify to other gentlemen that you are “in the know”; adhering to the rules that subtly express “we are all in it together”. Wearing the right combinations of clothing, as well as making aesthetic sense, is also a desire not to offend. The idea of being “rebellious” by wearing… Keep Reading

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The Happy Prince

At the start of Rupert Everett’s new film, we see the Oscar Wilde we know – decked out in evening clothes, telling the titular fairy tale to his two sons. The 1997 film Wilde with Stephen Fry has several scenes like this, which show Wilde as a loving father. And then Everett as Wilde breaks the fourth wall and says to camera, “It’s a dream.” It’s also a bracing statement of intent: We’re not going to see that Oscar Wilde. The Wilde we’re watching is about to scrounge some absinthe and cocaine for himself and two street urchins, then paint… Keep Reading

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The Fake Royal Commentator

It has been discovered that Thomas J Mace-Archer-Mills Esq, a familiar face in television interviews during the Royal Wedding, was a fraud. Mace-Archer-Mills cut the mustard on television, with his upper class accent, traditional attire and air of authority on all things royal, and passed comment on the Royal Wedding without anyone questioning his credentials. He was one of the most frequently seen faces on TV during the run-up to the wedding, giving insightful comments such as why Meghan Markle was right not to wear a shoulderless dress during the ceremony: “You are in a chapel which is a royal… Keep Reading

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STANLEY, A MAN OF VARIETY

The new film written by and starring Timothy Spall uses a format with which readers of The Chap will be familiar. The style of Kind Hearts and Coronets, in which Dennis Price played the lead while all the other roles were played by Alec Guinness, has been taken even further with Stanley, a Man of Variety. In the film, out today, both the lead role and all the supporting characters are played by Timothy Spall; his is the only human face to appear on the screen for the whole movie. Added to this unusual format is the fact that nearly… Keep Reading

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New Range of Chap Pocket Squares

The first run of our specially designed Chap Pocket Squares proved so popular that they have gone into a second run. In addition, designer Caroline Lindop, who created the first selection, has created a stunning new series of art deco pocket square designs, based on original art deco designs of the 1920s. In response to readers’ observations, we have stuck to the design flavours that proved the most successful, while allowing our designer to let her creative juices flow. Now available to purchase are the original three Chap Deco designs: Deco Chap, Scatterchap and Chap Tile, along with three fabulous… Keep Reading

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Summer 18 Edition

Our Summer 2018 edition, issue 96, is available to purchase online now and will be on magazine racks on 17th May. It is no small claim to make that it is probably the best-ever edition of The Chap, but no previous issue has so comprehensively gathered together so many vital strands of this thing they call “anarcho-dandyism”. First of all, we have an interview with comedy legend and all-round loveable Chap Michael Palin, whom that other loveable Chap Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer met to discuss Monty Python, travel attire, Ripping Yarns and The Death of Stalin. Other features include… Keep Reading

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THE CHAP OLYMPIAD

On Saturday 14th July, The Chap Olympiad welcomes 1500 eccentric chaps and dapper debutantes to Bedford Square Gardens in central London, for a completely unique day of sartorial elegance and sporting mayhem. The purpose of the Chap Olympiad is for chaps and Chapettes to try and beat each other at games such as Umbrella Jousting, Tea Pursuit and Riding Crop Rumpus, but sporting prowess is not something these dissolute dandies value very highly. Higher on their list of priorities is choosing the correct cravat to wear with their linen suit, or which beaded clutch bag to carry with their 1920s… Keep Reading

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