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Revolution in the Bathroom

Men’s grooming brand Urban Jack declares itself to be on a mission to improve men’s skincare. “Every day,” they tell us, “mens’ skin goes into battle with environmental factors, from exhaust fumes to the unpredictable British weather. Throw in a gym session, a park run and one too many late nights, and it’s little wonder … Keep Reading

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Best of The Chap

For 20 years, satirical gentlemen’s quarterly The Chap has been providing chaps all over the world with crucial advice on sartorial rectitude and anarcho-dandyist etiquette. Best of The Chap brings together in one volume all the features from the last 100 issues that have defined the publication’s manifesto. Best of The Chap includes features from … Keep Reading

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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 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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    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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Urban Jack Moisturiser

Should gentlemen use moisturiser? Well, if they really believe that dragging a razor across the face, then simply stepping outside into ice-cold winds, not to mention the ravages that urban pollution can cause to the skin, is going to attract the ladies, they are living in la-la-land. Some form of unguent must be applied to … Keep Reading

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Beard & Stubble Oil

Urban Jack's Beard & Stubble Oil looks at a dry, wiry, uruly beard and says simply, I can help with that. The 100% natural ingredients, combining Argan (conditioning), Oat (protective and soothing), Grapeseed (skin protections) and Olive (moisturisation) all produce a result that will give one's beard a subtle sheen that is agreeable to the … Keep Reading

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Revolution Shave Serum

These are big words to put on a men's grooming product, but Urban Jack's Shave Serum has radically simplified the process of a wet shave, by creating a gel that requires no shaving brush to apply. Using a non-drying, soap-free formula, Shave Serum is a fusion between a gel and an oil, which is simply … Keep Reading

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Best of The Chap

Best of The Chap is a 300-page collection of the best articles, interviews and photoshoots from the last 20 years of The Chap. This hardback tome includes features from the earliest editions, when The Chap was a slim pamphlet taken by a discreet handful of dissolute dandies, such as The Semiotics of Smoking, Gentlemanly Ailments … 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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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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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

High Tea over RAF Cosford

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An RAF Pilot has broken the world record for looping the loop in an aircraft while drinking a cup of tea. Corporal Stewart Hefti, who recovered from serious leg injuries sustained in Basra two years ago, completed 14 loop-the-loops as a passenger. Flying the plane was former RAF Red Arrows team leader Andy Offer. Due to centrifugal force, the tea does not spill during the loops, and Cpl Hefti landed with his cup of tea still nearly full. Speaking after completing his record at the RAF Museum Cosford, near Wolverhampton, he said: “When we first took off I was more…

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World’s Most Ethical Panama Hat

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A British company has turned the tables on the traditional exploitation of hat weavers in Ecuador. In the past, the straw harvesters and weavers of hats selling for up to £600 in the UK were receiving a pittance, while members further along the food chain were making handsome profits. Carry Somers decided to change all that, after a research trip in 1992 to Ecuador, where all Panama hats are made. The straw used to weave Panama hats comes from a palm species that only grows on the coast of Ecuador. It was given the scientific name of Carludovica Palmeta in…

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Stephen Fry Hates Panama Hats

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In an exclusive interview in The Chap, legendary actor, raconteur and author Stephen Fry puts forward some frank and unashamed views about headwear, including comments to the effect that Panama hats make him want to vomit. What started as a jovial discussion about the usual Chap matters, in which Mr. Fry waxed in his usual lyrical fashion on common courtesy, cricket, Englishness and whether flip flops are an appropriate form of footwear in the civilised world, this soon developed into a heartfelt outpouring on the subject of hats. “Anyone who wears a Panama hat ought to be thrashed,” was his…

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India’s Facial Hair Cutbacks

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India’s legendary moustaches are disappearing as India enters the clean-shaven digital age. The traditional Indian belief that facial hair is a sign of virility is being replaced by fears of a moustache or beard making a young man look older, or even being slightly itchy. Well-known Indian cricket players no longer have facial hair, while Bollywood actors have opted instead for “designer” stubble. During the days of the Raj, Indian moustaches had a profound effect on British facial hair. The British Army, with their naked upper lips, had difficulty maintaining authority among their Indian counterparts, who saw their lack of…

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