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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 with Helen McCrory in 2019, on the eve of Series 5 of Peaky Blinders. I interviewed Helen McCrory when the fifth season of Peaky Blinders was about to air in 2019. From such a huge … Keep Reading

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The King of Spin

With the sad loss of The Duke of Edinburgh also comes the loss of one of our finest cricketing royals. Steve Pittard salutes Prince Philip’s marvellous contribution to the princely pastime. The Corfu Compton first gave notice of his sporting prowess at Cheam prep school. The blue-blooded biffer – ‘highly unsympathetic to stonewalling’ – crashed … Keep Reading

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Sir Richard Burton

On the bicentenary of Sir Richard Francis Burton’s birth, Chris Sullivan gallops through the extraordinary life of the notorious explorer, soldier, translator, writer, cartographer, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, diplomat, poet, geographer, expert fencer and sex obsessive. Can you imagine that, in the not too distant past, a thoroughgoing rogue might stand up in his club in the Haymarket … Keep Reading

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The New Edition

CHAP Spring 21, out now, looks back at the Roaring Twenties and compares that thrilling decade to the 2020s. There has been much talk recently of the imminent dawning of a golden, post-pandemic cultural explosion in the arts and a return to the hedonism of the Roaring Twenties that came just after the First World … 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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    Alec Baldwin Interview

    The Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin entered the humble life of The Chap in a rather odd manner. We received a… Keep Reading

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CHAP Spring 21

Chap Spring 21 delves into the explosion of music, dance, literature, art and cinema that came just after the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic, starting with the force of nature that was Josephine Baker, who took Paris by storm in 1925 as an exotic dancer and went on to serve the nation … Keep Reading

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Flaneur Sample

A mini spray atomizer containing 2ml of The Chap's Flaneur Eau de Cologne: on a masculine base of amber, patchouli, vetiver and vanilla are sprinkled middle notes of violet, iris, geranium and rose, lifting the scent heavenwards to its top notes of bergamot, verbena and pink pepper. The overall ambience is of elegance with … Keep Reading

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Raffish Sample

For those not quite ready to commit to a full bottle of Raffish Eau de Cologne, this 2ml sample comes in a mini spray atomizer, giving you the opportunity to try Raffish out a few times before deciding if the scent is for you. Raffish is a heady blend of dark spices and elegant … Keep Reading

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    What Katie Did

    A stocking for every occasion? Well, they haven’t yet brought out a Tweed Seam (The Chap will be the first… Keep Reading

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    Dashing Tweeds make fabulous, flamboyant tweeds that fuse great British workmanship with innovative design and dandiacal flair. Neil Ridley and… Keep Reading

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    Peaky Blinders

    The Chap took some semi-professional models and clothing supplied by Darcy Clothing and Some Like it Holy to create our… Keep Reading

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    Laird Hatters

    Laird Hatters supply the more fashionable parts of London with sterling bowlers, Fedoras, trilbies, Homburgs, Baker Boy Caps and many… Keep Reading

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    Earl of Bedlam

    In issue 94 we took to the streets of Lambeth to photograph the clothes made by local bespoke tailor Earl… Keep Reading

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    All Steamed Up

    We’ve learned all about their peculiar belief system on pages 22-25, Issue 43, but now it is time to find… Keep Reading

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The Chap Travels

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

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Quito, Ecuador

One of the fourteen countries that straddle the Equator, Ecuador took its name from that imaginary line and offers an engaging place for the traveller to explore with much historical interest, museums and art galleries but, more significantly, it’s the best place in the world to buy a Panama hat. I took a trip out … Keep Reading

How To Read Patricia Highsmith

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In the centenary of her birth, Gustav Temple provides a top five reading list for Patricia Highsmith, plus a reader advisory warning. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Patricia Highsmith, born on 19th January, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas. It is impossible to guess how she would have reacted to recent political events in her native United States, but she most likely would have expressed a skewed, complex, controversial opinion that neither blessed nor condemned either the incoming or the outgoing president. Highsmith would certainly not have subscribed to the prevailing view of right triumphing over wrong,…

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Raffish Pocket Square

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Brand-new pocket square from The Chap adds a touch of decadence to evening wear Following the recent launch of our new eau de cologne, Raffish, we commanded designer Caroline Lindop, who had designed the packaging for said gentleman’s fragrance, to come up with an accompanying pocket square. “Who is this pocket square for?” was her simple yet penetrating question. “Ah,” came the wistful reply, from behind the curls of smoke rising from the chaise longue in Chap HQ. “Like the scent bearing the same name, it is for the gentleman with a louche side, who puts on evening wear at…

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Get The Look: The Hep Cat

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Let us make one thing crystal clear: we are not speaking of the contemporary hipster. While jazz-jumpin’ chaps from the mid-twentieth century were sometimes referred to as ‘hipsters’, we are going to use the term ‘hep cat’ to distinguish this stylish breed from their bearded millennial counterparts. Chaps who favour the forties may be perfectly happy in their three-piece suits, demob trilbies and co-respondent shoes, but should they wish to delve slightly further into alternatives, the hep cat look is but a small step away and opens up a whole new world of possibilities, while still maintaining the sartorial decorum…

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Honor Blackman

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Gustav Temple recalls the actress who played Cathy Gale opposite John Steed in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger Honor Blackman’s arrival on the set of The Avengers in 1962, with a pistol in her garter and a full programme of Judo training under her belt, had taken a lot of meetings, discussions, agonising and resistance from the top brass at ITV. When original leading man Ian Hendry left the series, a new sidekick for Patrick Macnee’s John Steed was needed. It was producer Leonard White who suggested a female sidekick, backed up by series creator Sydney Newman, though…

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