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White Waistcoat Divides a Nation

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The U.S. Presidential election became a two-horse race, and eventually it was the two candidates’ approach to wearing white tie that swung the contest in Barack Obama’s favour. He and Mitt Romney were speeding neck and neck towards the finishing line, when one small but essential detail helped voters decide whom they wanted in the White House – the white-tie waistcoat levels of the two candidates for the presidency. In this photograph, taken at the annual Al Smith Memorial Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, one can clearly see the difference between the Republican and Democrat approach to…

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World’s Most Expensive Cocktail

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A cocktail maker has claimed to have set a new record for the most expensive cocktail in the world. Mixologist Salvatore Calabrese says “Salvatore’s Legacy”, made using ingredients dating back to before American independence and the French Revolution, will set you back a cool £5,500 per glass. Guinness World Records said it is investigating the claim, which would topple the record holder, a cocktail costing £3,766.52 served in a Dubai hotel. The attempt was made at Salvatore’s, Mr. Calabrese’s bar at the Playboy Club London, with a bar spokeswoman saying: “Earlier on today, legendary mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, also known as…

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The Great Eccentric Survey

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Not many years ago, one could visit any town in Britain and be guaranteed to spot at least one eccentric, happily going about his or her business. Dress codes varied wildly, from brightly coloured mackintoshes, hats with feathers and wellington boots, to long flowing scarves, top hats and no shoes at all. A multitude of lapel badges and luxuriant facial plumage was more often than not to be observed. Sadly, sightings of such colourful characters are dwindling. Most British towns contain an endless parade of similarly, tidily dressed people, none of whom feel the urge to make themselves stand out.…

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Opera Gets a Dressing Down

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The English National Opera, in cahoots with trendy pop musicians and eccentric filmmakers, has launched a campaign to encourage folk to turn up to watch the opera wearing pantaloons de nimes and plimsolls. Damon Albarn’s recent production Dr Dee was a huge success at the ENO and responsible for attracting younger crowds to the opera experience. “Personally I like the ritual of dressing up, but I think people need to know that you don’t have to,” said Albarn, flicking a large speck of dust on to his hoodie and glancing down to ensure that his plimsolls were correctly unlaced. The…

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Finest British Facial Fuzz Wins Plaudits

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The nation’s finest facial fuzz was displayed in Brighton last weekend. More than 200 hirsute competitors took part in the first British Beard and Moustache Championships in Brighton on Saturday 16th September. The day began with a parade through the city towards Brighton Dome, where the judges presided over 11 categories of furry-faced individuals, who ranged from students to doctors, as well as veteran spitfire pilot and notable member of the Handlebar Club, Geoff White. The competition featured eleven categories, including Natural, English, Handlebar and Freestyle Moustache, with beard categories including Sculptured, Musketeer and Natural Full with Styled Moustache. The…

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Prince Turns Out Topless on Holiday

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News desks across the globe are battling with what’s left of their morals, wracked with doubts about publishing candidly taken photographs of the Duke of Cambridge on holiday recently. In the photographs of a smiling Prince in the Solomon Islands, it is quite clear that he is not wearing a neck fastening of any sort. Neither is he wearing any cufflinks, and to cap it all, the top button of his shirt is undone. The Chap has made the brave decision to publish the photograph, in order to highlight the risks of travelling without proper staff to monitor one’s sartorial…

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Tailor Reintroduces the Bond Cut

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The Mayfair tailor who made many of the suits worn by Sean Connery in the early Bond films has recreated the cut and made it available to the public. In Goldfinger, Connery wore a lightweight suit with a Prince of Wales check, as well as a barleycorn Harris Tweed jacket, which he wore with a pair of Cavalry Twill trousers. Both the suit and the coat are now available as bespoke items from Anthony Sinclair, now run by David Mason. The two outfits have been released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the cinema release of Dr. No in…

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Abercrombie & Fitch Fight for the Right to Party

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Abercrombie & Fitch’s plans to muscle in on the ancient elegance of Savile Row continue, despite The Chap’s spirited attempts to oust them on April 23rd this year. Westminster Council has not seen fit to place any objection to the American casual wear outlet’s plans to open a children’s store at number 3, Savile Row, but they have voiced concerns about how exciting the opening party should be. According to various news reports, Westminster Council will not be allowing Abercrombie & Fitch to host a “celebrity-filled opening party”. This strikes The Chap as an extremely vague proviso, since how is…

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Charles Maintains Princely Standards

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The Prince of Wales is to host the inaugural London Men’s Fashion Collection at St James’s Palace, organised by the British Fashion Council. From George IV to Edward VIII, Princes of Wales have always devoted a good part of their lives to dressing well. Prince Charles holds the record of being the longest serving heir apparent in British history (the previous record, of 59 years, being held by his great-great-grandfather Edward VII). But he has shouldered all these years of scandal, divorce, chutney-producing and eco-idealism by always being dressed immaculately. The Prince Charles look, although based on very traditional and…

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The Siege of Savile Row

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On the morning of St George’s Day, April 23rd, swathes of immaculately dressed chaps and chapettes gathered outside No. 3 Savile Row to demonstrate peacefully – but firmly – against Abercrombie & Fitch’s proposed plans to open a children’s store there. The protest began in earnest at 10:15am, when chumrades in arms marched around the corner to Abercrombie’s flagship store on Burlington Gardens, stabbing the air defiantly with home-made banners declaring “Give Three-Piece a Chance”. On the very steps of enemy HQ, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer led the troops in song, chanting “All we are saying is, give three-piece…

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The Chap Launches Petition to Save Savile Row

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In response to the appalling news about Abercrombie & Fitch proposing to open a children’s store on Savile Row, The Chap has decided to take a stand. We have created a Petition, targeted at Wesminster Council, which we will present to them when enough signatures have been collected. We urge you to sign – it takes about three seconds and by doing so, you will be contributing in no small part to preserving 200 years of bespoke tailoring tradition on Savile Row. A letter has also been written to London Mayor Boris Johnson, in the hope that he will understand…

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Savile Row Threatened by Invasion of the Hoodie Snatchers

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Abercrombie & Fitch has lodged plans with Westminster Council to open a children’s store on Savile Row. With its flagship store currently situated at Burlington Gardens, the American retailer – which manufactures casual wear (including hoodies) for youths – is determined to plant its off-shoot brand Abercrombie Kids around the corner “in plain, spoilt-brat view” of London’s historically elegant British row. Surely this American superstore selling homogenous outsourced casual clothing would have a far more suitable home in, say, a dungeon hundreds of feet below Westminster? According to reports, neighbouring tailors are formally objecting to Westminster Council on the grounds…

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