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Motherless Brooklyn

Fans of classic film noir of the 1940s are in for a treat with Motherless Brooklyn. Production designer Beth Mickle has restyled New York as a gritty, chiaroscuro city where everyone casts long shadows and on every street corner there’s a cool jazz joint full of sharply dressed hep cats. Willem Dafoe’s character Paul Randolph, a washed up engineer involved in a paternity scandal with his brother Moses (Alec Baldwin), lives above the sort of tatty Brooklyn hatters that would have vintage shoppers drooling if they discovered it in present-day New York. Costume stylist Amy Roth has used the clothes… Keep Reading


Kind Hearts and Coronets

“It is so difficult to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms.” Such is the laconic lament uttered by Dennis Price in his guise as Louis Mazzini in Kind Hearts & Coronets, the Ealing Comedy Classic. Louis is the peerless peer (oft by his own hand) who methodically bumps off a variety of relatives (all played by Sir Alec Guinness) to secure a dukedom. In light of the 70th Anniversary re-release by StudioCanal, The Chap felt that a review of the film itself was in order. I have personally been enamoured with… Keep Reading

Invisible Edge

The Invisible Edge

If you are seeking the classic shaving experience, you will be hard pushed to find anybody with the range of straight (cut-throat) razors held by The Invisible Edge. For over 10 years this online store has specialised in high quality European manufactured straight razors, which will both take and keep the keenest edge. Razors which, with proper care, will last a lifetime. Interest in traditional shaving has been on the increase in recent years as men rediscover the satisfaction to be had from taking a little longer over the shaving experience, ditching the disposable and enjoying the type of shave… Keep Reading

Drinking for Chaps


A selection of recommended books currently in print which Chaps and Chapettes might find to their liking.     HOW TO BE CHAP How To Be Chap (2016) is a large-format hardback tome chronicling the entire history of The Chap, from its humble beginnings as a discreet gentlemen’s pamphlet, through all its public protests and demonstrations against vulgarity, to the crowning glory of the Chap Olympiad. Packed with full-colour photographs of all the key members of the Chap fraternity, as well as all the proto-Chaps who have been interviewed, the book offers the most detailed insight into this curious social… Keep Reading

Vintage Umbrellas


The Umbrella Shop Official suppliers of rain cover and jousting equipment to The Chap Olympiad, this formidable company deals in sturdy brollies of all prices by mail order only, thus maintaining competitive prices. Some of their brollies are aimed at commissionaires and doormen, but since these days a gentleman is often left to fend for himself outside his abode, he need look no further than this establishment for all his shower-protective requirements. Swaine Adeney Brigg London’s celebrated maker of leather goods, umbrellas, hats and other luxury items started life as a whip maker in 1750, founded by John Ross,… Keep Reading

Vintage Garments

Vintage Garments

For those chaps who cannot yet afford Savile Row bespoke prices, the next best thing is to purchase vintage items that were perhaps constructed within that hallowed epicentre of bespoke tailoring. With a few adjustments by a competent seamstress, the item can easily be turned into clothing that still outsmarts most new items. Savvy Row. One of the leading on-line retailers of classic vintage clothing for men, Savvy Row’s handpicked items include suits, overcoats, smoking jackets, tweeds, sports jackets, hats and shoes by makers such as Crombie, John G Hardy, Bladen, Harris Tweed, DAKS, Aquascutum, Lock & Co., Church’s and… Keep Reading

Reproduction Vintage

Reproduction Vintage

Sometimes it can be frustrating to find a perfect vintage item that is just one size too small, and short of having corrective surgery, one is never going to fit inside it. This is where reproduction vintage has its uses, producing a range of sizes for every garment, all designed with an introspective delve into past clothing construction. Darcy Clothing. Both on-line and with a charming little shop in Lewes, East Sussex, the Darcy Clothing range specialises in workwear styles from the 1930s and 40s, with spearpoint collared shirts, drill jackets and high -back fishtail waisted trousers. Darcy also stocks… Keep Reading

Gentlemens Outfitters

Directory of Gentlemen’s Outfitters

A discreet directory of shops and online emporia which, in the opinion of The Chap, offer a range of tastefully selected garments and accessories of a high manufacturing standard suitable for the discerning gentleman and, in some cases, his lady companion. T Snook. This charming shop in Bridport, Dorset, is principally a hatters, with every conceivable (and some inconceivable) style of headwear for gentlemen and ladies. T Snook also sells trousers, blazers, ties, cravats and snuff, all presented in a delightfully old-fashioned and charming manner. Alexanders of London. An on-line emporium offering ready-to-wear and made-to-measure, with an emphasis on… Keep Reading

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