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Chap Autumn 19 Edition

The Chap gallops into its second century, hot on the heels of publication of our 100th edition this May, with issue 101. Helen McCrory reveals the dark secrets of creating the role of Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, and we also meet Alison McCosh, who created all the male and female costumes on the series. … Keep Reading

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The Chap Olympiad 2019

The 2019 Chap Olympiad took place on Sunday 11th August at Firle Vintage Fair, the original date of Saturday 11th having been wiped out by a thoroughly unexpected Sussex storm. The Olympiad revelled in its new country location, on a beautifully manicured croquet lawn in the grounds of Firle Place, a Georgian country pile in … Keep Reading

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The Grand Flaneur Walk

On Sunday 14th July, a group of flâneurs assembled before the statue of Beau Brummell on Jermyn Street, London at midday. At precisely the same hour, another group of German flâneurs assembled in Dusseldorf, while yet another group in Los Angeles prepared to set off when the London walk reached its destination. This proved impossible, … Keep Reading

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The Flâneur

“The crowd is his domain, as the air is that of the bird or the sea of the fish. His passion and his creed is to wed the crowd. For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate observer, it’s an immense pleasure to take up residence in multiplicity, in whatever is seething, moving, evanescent and infinite.” … Keep Reading

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    John Malkovich

    Hercule Poirot is an iconic character. What was it that drew you to the role and why did you want… Keep Reading

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    Timothy Spall

    In Stanley, A Man of Variety you play a range of British comedy legends such as Max Wall, Tony Hancock,… Keep Reading

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    Michael Palin

    You were born in Yorkshire. You’ve had lots of Yorkshire characters, but was your family steeped in Yorkshire from way… Keep Reading

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    Ken Dodd

    Michael “Atters” Attree: Mr. Dodd, are you a chap? Yes, we’ve got a lot of Chaps on Merseyside; the Liverpool… Keep Reading

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    Paul Anderson Interview

    Gustav Temple:  Your moustache is the only moustache in the entire cast of Peaky Blinders. We’re very interested in moustache… Keep Reading

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    Richard E Grant

    Gustav Temple: This year marks 30 years since the release of Withnail and I. While you were filming, did you… Keep Reading

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The Chap Autumn 19

CHAP issue 101 is our Autumn 2019 edition, with Helen McCory on playing Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, plus an interview with the costume designer of series 5 of Peaky Blinders. Numerous pages are dedicated to the flâneur, both historically and in the Grand Flâneur Walks in London, Dusseldorf and Los Angeles. Sartorial highlights include … Keep Reading

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Chap Black-handled Safety Razor

The black-handled counterpart to our safety razor with an ivory-coloured handle features precisely the same mechanism and construction. The handle unscrews to allow insertion of a double-edged razor blade - pack of five supplied gratis with this razor, and, hey presto, you'll get at least a month's worth of perfectly smooth, clean shaves. Plus a … Keep Reading

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Chap Safety Razor

If a gentleman desires a proper shave every day, with a tool which it has not been necessary to change for at least 80 years, then the Chap Safety Razor will do the job, time and time again. Simply unscrew the head, insert razor blade, shave. A double-edged blade will give you at least six … Keep Reading

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Mixed Badger Shaving Brush

A black-handled shaving brush from The Chap with mixed badger hair. Mixed badger hair is slightly coarser and darker than its more expensive counterparts Silvertip, Pure and Best badger hair, but still glides over one's fabulous cheekbones far more smoothly than any synthetic product. The Chap Shaving Brush measures 4 inches from top to toe … 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

Disneyland Dapper Day

Why am I writing about Disneyland in The Chap, you ask? Because, for the past four years, Disneyland in Anaheim California been the epicentre (not Epcot Center – that one’s in Florida,) of Dapper Day, and Rose Callahan and I had been invited by the event’s organizer to give a presentation about our book I … Keep Reading

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Miami, Florida

Miami greets the arriving driver with a glittering cluster of skyscrapers flanked by bright blue sea. As soon as the heart of the city has caught your attention, you’re in it, cruising through mid-town Miami with the buildings getting taller and taller and the sea coming nearer, like the opening scene of a disaster movie … Keep Reading

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The Chap Travels

Havana, Cuba

There are a few cities in the world that carry so much weight of expectation and legend that you get goose bumps down your spine when you come in to land, but nothing had prepared me for the thrill of the pilot’s announcement on this Iberia flight: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to descend … Keep Reading

Shoe Shine Back in Style

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The noble and ancient art of the shoe shine, long absent from our cities, has made a welcome return with the launch of Spit ‘n’ Polish Shoeshine booths. The first booth was opened at Marylebone Station in London. Spit ‘n’ Polish Shoeshine is the brainchild of Ronan McCarthy, who plans to put a shine back on what he sees as the scuffed footwear of a nation in need of some boot blacking. McCarthy turned down the offer of £108,000 on popular noctovisual programme Dragons Den, perhaps threatened by the shiny faces of the eponymous “Dragons”, yet he appears to be…

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Bowling the Taleban a Googly

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Former England cricketer Matthew Fleming is helping to make a difference to the lives of children in Afghanistan by teaching them England’s finest export. Fleming, a 44-year-old former Royal Green Jackets officer, described how he felt compelled to help the grassroots game in the war-torn country. “People were saying they thought we had done our bit in Afghanistan. But as an ex-soldier, I don’t think we have while there are still British fighters in the country.” This May, the MCC sponsored a cricket training camp in Jalalabad, where 150 boys trained with Fleming and Afghan international players. The former Kent…

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Bon Vivant Keith Floyd Dies after Pudding

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Vivacious television chef Keith Floyd has died aged 65 at his Dorset home. The celebrated bon vivant, who paved the way for future cookery programmes, died shortly after a hearty luncheon at a restaurant in Lyme Regis. He had just extinguished one of many post-prandial cigarettes when he suffered a heart attack and passed away on the sofa. Keith Floyd’s career as a chef began in the Army. He had turned down the 11th Hussars to take a commission in the less snooty 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, but found his billet in Germany a far cry from the image of…

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Congratulations: it’s a Whisky

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Just as the drinks industry becomes consumed by giant corporations, hell bent on designing unpalatable new alcopops by extensive use of the ‘focus group’ and ‘blue-sky’ marketing twaddle, comes a brand-new independent microdistillery, built from scratch right where Scotch whisky itself was probably invented. Kilchoman, based on the Scottish island of Islay, can lay claim to being practically at the centre of the cradle of distillation – it was reportedly here in the late 15th Century that King James IV was first introduced to the art of distillation by the Celtic Lord Of the Isles. A recent Launch event marked…

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