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Raffish Eau de Cologne

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 when darkness falls and one’s top hat, walking cane and monocle are summoning the spirit of midnight adventures: Raffish Raffish has been designed to perform an altogether different function in the life of a gentleman than Flaneur. When the mood takes a fellow to step… Keep Reading

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Sebastian Horsley

A decade after Sebastian Horsley’s death, Gustav Temple recalls the decadent flash of dandyism that was extinguished on 17th June 2010 Dandyism is a setting sun; like the declining star, it is magnificent, without heat and full of melancholy. Charles Baudelaire, 1863 On this day ten years ago, Sebastian Horsley died aged 47 of a heroin overdose. Having befriended this charming libertine a few years previously, a world without him suddenly seemed unsurmountably empty, and at liberty to run its absurd course without this dark satanic dandy to laugh at it. Just as each previous era needed its Lord Rochester, its… Keep Reading

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Father’s Day Offers

To commemorate this special day for paters across the land, we have assembled various special offers which we think will appeal to those gentlemen who have sired offspring. The gift that keeps on giving for an entire year is our Father’s Day Subscription, which has been reduced to a mere £12.00 until 21st June 2020. The offer may be secured here, as well as a second offer: Take out an annual gift subscription for pater and he will also receive an entirely gratis copy of our 300-page hardback book Best of The Chap. Should you prefer to gift your father… 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 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… Keep Reading

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Chap Summer 20

The new edition of Britain’s longest-running gentleman’s journal comes out on 18th May 2020. Despite global lockdown due to Covid-19, all stops have been pulled out to make this as splendid an edition as ever. Our cover star and subject of our main feature is the delectable Honor Blackman, whose twin roles as Cathy Gale in the Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger are celebrated. Also profiled are monocled filmmaker Fritz Lang, art deco artist and libertine Tamara de Lempicka, sultry French actress and muse to Jean-Luc Godard Anna Karina. Our author interview is with New Statesman columnist Nicholas Lezard,… Keep Reading

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FREE Digital Edition

It has come to our attention that many good folk will be confined to barracks during the coronavirus epidemic, and to while away the long hours in one’s homestead we are offering self-isolating chaps a completely free digital edition of The Chap. The risks even of popping out to one’s local newsagent are such that one is ill advised to make anything except the most essential purchases, such as kid leather gloves, tweed face masks etc – see A Chap’s Guide to Coronavirus for further advice. Our free digital edition is the 100th special anniversary issue, featuring Terry-Thomas, Leslie Phillips,… Keep Reading

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A Chap’s Guide to Coronavirus

It has come to our attention that there is a lot of fuss and panic over some new disease that causes people to buy entire shelves full of lavatory paper and don face masks. Since this publication is in the habit of offering what we feel is useful sartorial advice to gentlemen and ladies, we feel it is expected of us to offer an appropriate sartorial response to Covid-19. The initial government advice regarding the spread of coronavirus is for citizens to wash their hands adequately, steer clear of densely populated public places and wear gloves – so far, so… Keep Reading

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Chap Joins SJC for Pop Up Shop

On Sunday 15th March 2020, The Chap is collaborating with famed vintage-style menswear brand Simon James Cathcart in a real bricks-and-mortar establishment in London. Within the splendid Georgian fittings of the Clerk’s House on Shoreditch High Street, SJC will be showcasing their new lines of menswear as well as some of their new womenswear collection. Meanwhile, The Chap will be purveying its gentlemen’s grooming products, pocket squares, books and magazines. On the evening of Sunday 15th March, Chaps and Chapettes are invited to share some complimentary gin fizz and join in a Cockney Singalong with Tom Carradine. Simon James Cathcart… Keep Reading

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The Chap Spring 20

The first Chap edition of the new decade is out now. Chap Spring 20 is our Hollywood Special, delving into the golden age of the city of dreams. Our main interview is with dapper actor Alec Baldwin, who delivers his firm views on menswear on both sides of the Atlantic. Featured profiles of Ava Gardner and Robert Mitchum look at why the work of these two Hollywood icons is still worthy of our attention, with a top five Ava Gardner film list. Living 60s legend Rita Tushingham spills the beans on playing a witch in The Pale Horse and giving… Keep Reading

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An Interview with Nicholas Parsons

As a nonagenarian, Nicholas Parsons radiates polite yet firm resolve on matters of neckwear: “I think the cravat is a very elegant form of dress, a colourful and sophisticated accessory. I own at least 30. What I don’t understand is, people wear an open neck shirt with a beautifully tailored jacket. This goes against the grain with me. A tie, or better still, a cravat, complements a jacket. I always wear cravats for my one man show.” Our conversation takes place in the secluded Buckinghamshire barn conversion where Nicholas resides with his adoring wife Annie. Exposed beams, brick open fireplace… Keep Reading

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Debonair Moustache Wax

Upon receiving an invitation to visit the famed Captain Fawcett factory of all things hirsute in Norfolk, my first concerns were sartorial. Would such a visit require the donning of white coats, plastic sunglasses and special safety equipment and, most importantly, would I be permitted to smoke my pipe? I buried these deep concerns for the 3-hour drive from Chap HQ, having secured a billet at the Dragonfly Hotel, situated a stone’s throw from Fawcett HQ in King’s Lynn. This was my first ever visit to the mediaeval city known for its prime role in the Hanseatic League of Ports… Keep Reading

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RIP Neil Innes

Neil Innes died unexpectedly of a heart attack on the night of 29th December at his home in Toulouse, France. Innes was one of the founding members of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, writing and performing the group’s biggest hit, I’m the Urban Spaceman, which reached the Top 10 on the British charts in 1968. He is the third member of the Bonzos to pass, along with Sam Spoons in 2018 and Vivian Stanshall in 1995. “We found the sort of songs we wanted to learn from old 78 Gramophone records,” Innes said in 2004, “the breakable ones, which… Keep Reading

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