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Josephine Baker

Chris Sullivan traces the sensational career of the dirt poor girl from St Louis who went on to become the reigning queen of 1920s Paris and an international star. The sun was shining as best it could in Paris on the 15th April 1975. 20,000 people had lined the streets to watch Joséphine Baker’s funeral … Keep Reading

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Bright Young City

Chris Sullivan on how the end of WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic brought about the birth of nightclub culture in 1920s London. The nightclub ethos as we now perceive it, with bars and dance floors on which men and women actually dance together, began in the 1920s. Before the era, aptly named the Jazz … Keep Reading

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Gustav Temple meets the man declared by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest explorer, to discuss climbing Everest and the Eiger while suffering from vertigo, discovering the Lost City of Ubar, being kicked out of the SAS for blowing up civilian property and using a sextant to navigate at the South Pole. … Keep Reading

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The Summer Edition

The Overlook Revisited edition anticipates a return to the frolics and fun denied to the world over the last year. CHAP Summer 21, out on 17th June, marks the promised return to ‘normality’ by celebrating those who have taken a joyously abnormal approach to life. Our main interview is with the triple Oscar-winning star of … Keep Reading

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    Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    Gustav Temple meets the man declared by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest explorer, to discuss climbing… 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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The Chap Cravat

Modelled on the same pattern as our Peacock Pocket Square, whose design has been expanded to cover a wider area, The Chap Cravat is cut from a large bolt of silk with an extended version of the pocket square design. This means that each and every cravat is slightly different, so the one you … Keep Reading

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The Chap Issue 100

The centenary edition of this publication contains a suitably grand sweep over 20 years of Chappism, with a history of the publication from its launch in 1999. Our cover star is celebrated in a 12-page feature on the life and work of Terry-Thomas. The main interview is with fellow bounder Leslie Phillips, while other interviewees … Keep Reading

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Star Lapel Badge

Hot on the heels of our Chap Lapel Badge comes a lapel adornment that raises one's game by several levels. The Star Lapel Badge is the ultimate Anarcho-dandyist badge of dishonour. The subtle - and slightly confusing to most people - reference to Marxist ideology, in the fact that the design was based on … Keep Reading

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Deco Floral Pocket Square

Based on original art deco designs from the 1920s, our Deco Floral design from Caroline Lindop is a luscious beauty on its own, and even better when sunk nonchalantly into the breast pocket of one’s jacket. It is printed on pure silk and measures 41cm by 41cm. Recommended usage: to liven up a plain tweed … 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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Rajasthan, India

On a recent trip to Rajasthan, I discovered that not only does India possess its famous wealth of history and architecture, but it is also one of the most natural habitats for the travelling Chap. My journey took me first to Delhi, only nine hours away by plane but, as soon as you land, the … Keep Reading

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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

Anguish Over Angostura Dearth

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Last week, those with a predilection for the Manhattan, Old Fashioned or Pink Gin had a sharp increase in blood pressure, when it was learned that the world’s supply of Angostura Bitters had run dry. The highly aromatic elixir, made from a secret recipe of rare herbs, has been the mainstay in many a cocktail for over 150 years, giving drinks that extra impeccably spicy touch. The drought has only just come to light, when the company who manufacture the bitters in Trinidad revealed stocks had completely run out. “You can’t just turn on and off supply of bitters. It’s…

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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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