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Chap Pocket Squares

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The imminent launch of a brand-new pocket square design sees the restocking of our coveted breast pocket adornments The launch of our new eau de cologne Raffish has led to the inevitable question: which pocket square is the correct one to wear alongside this decadent gentlemen’s fragrance? The solution seemed to be the design of a brand-new pocket square bearing the raffish credentials of the scent itself. To this end, we asked our resident pocket square and fragrance label designer Caroline Lindop: please design a motif that captures the louche spirit of a chap setting off at midnight in search…

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Simon James Cathcart

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Simon James Cathcart, ahead of opening his first pop-up shop in London, with which The Chap will be collaborating, reveals in an interview conducted in The Chap in issue 92 the origins of his ideas for the menswear brand he founded and continues to evolve. You can read about the pop-up shop at the Clerk’s House, Shoreditch, on 12th-18th March 2020 here. Your business model appears to be slightly unusual. Could you explain how it differs from other new fashion labels? SJC differs by demand, detail and price. My core buyers wear and own some of the most complete vintage…

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Chap Joins SJC for Pop Up Shop

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On Sunday 15th March 2020, The Chap is collaborating with famed vintage-style menswear brand Simon James Cathcart in a real bricks-and-mortar establishment in London. Within the splendid Georgian fittings of the Clerk’s House on Shoreditch High Street, SJC will be showcasing their new lines of menswear as well as some of their new womenswear collection. Meanwhile, The Chap will be purveying its gentlemen’s grooming products, pocket squares, books and magazines. On the evening of Sunday 15th March, Chaps and Chapettes are invited to share some complimentary gin fizz and join in a Cockney Singalong with Tom Carradine. Simon James Cathcart…

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Get The Look – Lounge Suit

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This broad sartorial term sometimes confuses those in receipt of a wedding invitation, who panic and think they have to go and buy a new suit – when in fact they already have several in their wardrobe. A lounge suit is simply an informal business suit and can be anything from a plain blue two-piece to a pinstriped three-piece. Also known, rather pejoratively, as a ‘City Suit’, the most important attribute is that it should be dark in colour, but this can range from charcoal grey, via all the shades of blue, to jet black. A lounge suit can be…

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The Teba Jacket

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Images of southern Spain, usually composed of matadors, barrels of sherry, women in flamenco dresses and orange trees wilting in the heat, do not commonly include tweed jackets. It’s rarely cold enough in Andalucia to don even a waistcoat, never mind a full tweed ensemble. Yet during the 1930s there emerged, from the royal and aristocratic country set, an Andalucian take on the Hacking Jacket that came to be known as the Teba Jacket. It was named after the snappily titled Don Carlos Mitjans y Fitz-James Stuart, XXI Conde de Teba y XV Conde de Baños, Grande de España, or…

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Hornets Kensington

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A fashion photoshoot at Hornets Kensington is not just people with cameras taking pictures of people in clothes. It is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of Bill Hornets, doyen of this parade of little vintage menswear shops along a quiet alley in Kensington, where so much more than mere clothes is purveyed. On a sunny day in midsummer, Kensington Church Walk offers a shady old-world thoroughfare, light years away from the architect’s drawing come-to-life of chainstore dystopia that is Kensington High Street. This quiet, Georgian, leafy little quarter of W8 is presided over by shop windows bearing…

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Dashing Tweeds

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Dashing Tweeds make fabulous, flamboyant tweeds that fuse great British workmanship with innovative design and dandiacal flair. Neil Ridley and Horatio Scotney-Le Cheyne donned a selection of them to tackle a typical working day in the city All fabrics by Dashing Tweeds Individual items made by: Cycling Wear: Ready-to-wear cycle cape, cycle trousers and waistcoat, all in the Cyclist fabric. Scooter Coat by Russell at Graham Browne (also available as ready-to-wear) in the Urban Check fabric. Outside the Betting Shop: Suit by Russell at Graham Browne in the Bounder 4 tweed. Suit by Henry Poole in the McDougall check 4.…

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The Suits of Roger Moore

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Nick Guzan: Roger Moore may have only played James Bond on screen for twelve years (and, even at that, he’s the longest-serving 007 to date), but it was a role that he and his fans cherished for the rest of his life. Moore brought life into the Bond role, after a string of arguably uninspired performances in the later Sean Connery outings, who was tiring of the role he made famous, and Australian newbie George Lazenby. He also brought, for the first time, an individualistic sense of style that Moore himself had cultivated over his decades-long career. Moore was noted for…

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