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The New Edition

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CHAP Spring 21, out now, looks back at the Roaring Twenties and compares that thrilling decade to the 2020s. There has been much talk recently of the imminent dawning of a golden, post-pandemic cultural explosion in the arts and a return to the hedonism of the Roaring Twenties that came just after the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic. Our new edition delves into this first flowering of music, dance, literature, art and cinema of the 1920s, starting with the force of nature that was Josephine Baker, who took Paris by storm in 1925 as an exotic dancer…

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Get The Look: The Hep Cat

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Let us make one thing crystal clear: we are not speaking of the contemporary hipster. While jazz-jumpin’ chaps from the mid-twentieth century were sometimes referred to as ‘hipsters’, we are going to use the term ‘hep cat’ to distinguish this stylish breed from their bearded millennial counterparts. Chaps who favour the forties may be perfectly happy in their three-piece suits, demob trilbies and co-respondent shoes, but should they wish to delve slightly further into alternatives, the hep cat look is but a small step away and opens up a whole new world of possibilities, while still maintaining the sartorial decorum…

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The new edition: CHAP Winter 20

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Our Winter 2020 edition features an extensive interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who discusses how he switched from a long career in the army to the life of an explorer, his discovery of the lost city of Ubar, how he got kicked out the SAS and how he tried to cure his vertigo by climbing the Eiger. Other encounters with remarkable men include an afternoon with fizz-swilling bon vivant and cabaret singer Champagne Charlie, as well as Australian hat maker Blake ‘Blakesby’ Canham-Bennett, whose headwear creations have travelled as far as Siberia and Egypt. Professional Egyptologists John and Colleen Darnell…

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Raffish Eau de Cologne

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Hot on the heels of Flaneur comes a new gentlemanly scent that is more appropriate for night mischief Last year The Chap released its first fragrance for men, Flaneur, which was designed to be worn during daytime strolls about town in flannels and straw boater. Now comes a brand-new scent to be worn by gentlemen when darkness falls and one’s top hat, walking cane and monocle are summoning the spirit of midnight adventures: Raffish Raffish has been designed to perform an altogether different function in the life of a gentleman than Flaneur. When the mood takes a fellow to step…

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Chap Summer 20

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The new edition of Britain’s longest-running gentleman’s journal comes out on 18th May 2020. Despite global lockdown due to Covid-19, all stops have been pulled out to make this as splendid an edition as ever. Our cover star and subject of our main feature is the delectable Honor Blackman, whose twin roles as Cathy Gale in the Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger are celebrated. Also profiled are monocled filmmaker Fritz Lang, art deco artist and libertine Tamara de Lempicka, sultry French actress and muse to Jean-Luc Godard Anna Karina. Our author interview is with New Statesman columnist Nicholas Lezard,…

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Lockdown Lip Weasel Competition

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Entries have now closed for our Lockdown Lip Weasel Competition, for which we received dozens and dozens of excellent attempts to cultivate a splendid moustache during Lockdown. The results will be published in Chap Summer 20, out on 18th May. It has come to our attention that many readers of this humble publication are, as well as struggling to square their gregarious, bon vivant personalities with self-isolation, have taken to using the aeons of time spent alone to cultivate interesting facial hair. Growing a moustache takes time, patience and a brief period of looking like a homeless person, and the…

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FREE Digital Edition

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It has come to our attention that many good folk will be confined to barracks during the coronavirus epidemic, and to while away the long hours in one’s homestead we are offering self-isolating chaps a completely free digital edition of The Chap. The risks even of popping out to one’s local newsagent are such that one is ill advised to make anything except the most essential purchases, such as kid leather gloves, tweed face masks etc – see A Chap’s Guide to Coronavirus for further advice. Our free digital edition is the 100th special anniversary issue, featuring Terry-Thomas, Leslie Phillips,…

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Get The Look – The Countryman

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‘Never Brown in Town’ goes the golden sartorial rule, but as we all know, ‘Town’ only refers to London, leaving vast swathes of the country, and indeed other countries, in which to wear the clothing of the country is entirely appropriate. If there is not at least one garment made of tweed in your outfit, then you are not dressed for the country. Tweed, especially Harris Tweed, has protective qualities that will serve you while striding through the bracken, picking blackberries on the greensward or even while navigating the tides of nylon that swarm past us in every town and…

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Upon receiving an invitation to visit the famed Captain Fawcett factory of all things hirsute in Norfolk, my first concerns were sartorial. Would such a visit require the donning of white coats, plastic sunglasses and special safety equipment and, most importantly, would I be permitted to smoke my pipe? I buried these deep concerns for the 3-hour drive from Chap HQ, having secured a billet at the Dragonfly Hotel, situated a stone’s throw from Fawcett HQ in King’s Lynn. This was my first ever visit to the mediaeval city known for its prime role in the Hanseatic League of Ports…

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A Good Year For The Chaps

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2019 was a significant year for The Chap, with the celebration of 20 years of anarcho-dandyism and publication of our 100th edition in May. This special centenary edition featured the greatest chap of all time, Terry-Thomas, on the front cover and an interview with the greatest living chap Leslie Phillips. We also marked this momentous anniversary with publication of Best of The Chap, a collection of the finest articles from the last 100 editions in a splendid 300-page hardback volume. This was also the year we launched our very own eau de cologne, Flâneur, as well as its accompanying range…

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Father’s Day Subscription Offer

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Sunday 16th June is the Day of the Dad, when fathers across the land emerge from whatever wooden building they spend the rest of the year hiding in, to be showered with gifts from their offspring. We’ve all seen that look on pater’s face when he unwraps the hoe you bought him from the garden centre – a look that quite clearly expresses “It’s the wrong kind of hoe.” It would be far better to give the old grouch something that he might not have thought of himself, but when he reads it, will realise he has been waiting for…

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The Chap Centenary Edition

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On 17th May 2019 The Chap publishes its 100th edition. This landmark special anniversary issue features all-time Chap icon Terry-Thomas on the front cover, with an in-depth look at the actor and bounder’s life and career, with some never-seen family photographs kindly provided by T-T’s niece. Our main interview is with another bounder/actor Leslie Phillips, whom Chris Sullivan met at his home to chat about his 100 films. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall both feature as the ne plus ultra of Hollywood style, while Holly Rose Swinyard looks at how Chap style has influenced everything from blockbuster cinema to video…

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