The Chap April/May Edition

Posted By on March 24, 2016

The Chap’s latest swashbuckling edition has hit the nation’s magazine racks.

New Doctor of Dandyism Miss Sunday Swift assesses the unique dandyism of Emma Peel, in a new regular look at the dandizette in all her historical glory. Michael “Atters” Attree meets Tom Six, controversial Dutch filmmaker and decadent fellow, whose prize possession is Sebastian Horsley’s ashtray. We look at the crucial roles played by socks, Fair Isle sweaters and gentlemen’s pockets, the latter being given a thorough delving-into by Vic Darkwood. We pay a visit to Trouser Town, where moleskin strides are back in production after several decades, thanks to HebTroCo. Our King of Chaps cuts a Steed-esque dash in brown bowler and tweeds, while Laszlo Krass takes us on a walking tour of Chappist Berlin. Little-known black jazz bandleader James Reese Europe gets the recognition he deserves, while Oliver Reed’s version of the cricket coin toss is recounted in dipsomaniac detail.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/

The Chap April/May Edition

Posted By on March 24, 2016

The Chap’s latest swashbuckling edition has hit the nation’s magazine racks.

New Doctor of Dandyism Miss Sunday Swift assesses the unique dandyism of Emma Peel, in a new regular look at the dandizette in all her historical glory. Michael “Atters” Attree meets Tom Six, controversial Dutch filmmaker and decadent fellow, whose prize possession is Sebastian Horsley’s ashtray. We look at the crucial roles played by socks, Fair Isle sweaters and gentlemen’s pockets, the latter being given a thorough delving-into by Vic Darkwood. We pay a visit to Trouser Town, where moleskin strides are back in production after several decades, thanks to HebTroCo. Our King of Chaps cuts a Steed-esque dash in brown bowler and tweeds, while Laszlo Krass takes us on a walking tour of Chappist Berlin. Little-known black jazz bandleader James Reese Europe gets the recognition he deserves, while Oliver Reed’s version of the cricket coin toss is recounted in dipsomaniac detail.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/

The Chap February Edition

Posted By on March 24, 2016

The Chap’s latest fop-packed issue has hit the nation’s magazine shelves, powered entirely by good old-fashioned steam.

We meet Mycroft Milverton, who has converted real briar pipes into electronic vapour-fired devices for smoking pleasure; we hear about technical innovations that allow gentlemen to wear proper shoes with added modern benefits; we meet several makers of military style watches with contemporary mechanisms hidden behind their perfect dials; David Bowie’s sartorial splendour in Berlin in the 1970s is pictographically recalled; the first lady in our Centrefold is crowned Queen of Chapettes; Patricia Hammond recalls three 1930s tenors who were virtually pop stars; Tom Cutler advises on the etiquette of internet dating; Vic Darkwood provides essential information on all the colours that make up the Chromatic Lexicon of Louche; and Gustav Temple advises on the most suitable unguents for chaps to douse themselves with.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/

The 2016 Chap Olympiad

Posted By on March 24, 2016

Tickets are now available for the 12th Chap Olympiad: Saturday 16th July, 2016. The venue, as ever, will be the splendidly verdant Bedford Square Gardens in London’s slightly fashionable Bloomsbury.

The competitive events, as always, will rely more on dashing panache, wit and skullduggery than athletic prowess. The contestants will be dressed in a manner that is totally unsuitable for sport – yet ideal for strutting about and looking wonderful.
New events will be created especially for 2016, and old events that refuse to become unpopular will continue to fill the fixtures. Another first for 2016 is that a couple will be getting married on the Chap Olympic track – but only if the groom has performed appallingly in several events. We urge you to cancel anything else you had planned for Saturday 16th July, and make a visit to your tailor, your milliner and your wig maker.
Tickets may be purchased here: www.thechapolympiad.com

In the meantime, watch a short video from last year’s Chap Olympiad here: www.youtube.com

Æther Salon: Vaudeville! (Cleaned Raw Transcript)

Posted By on March 24, 2016

[14:07:54] Wildstar Beaumont: greetings all !
[14:06:08] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: All right, I think the stragglers will have to depend on the aether-journal to catch up.
[14:06:24] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Let me thank you all for coming, and issue a few ‘housekeeping’ points of order.
[14:06:34] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.
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Vaudeville! (Cleaned Raw Transcript)

Posted By on March 24, 2016

[14:06:08] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: All right, I think the stragglers will have to depend on the aether-journal to catch up.
[14:06:24] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Let me thank you all for coming, and issue a few ‘housekeeping’ points of order.
[14:06:34] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.
[14:06:35] Myrtil Igaly: Hey Tepic!
[14:06:51]

How To Be Chap

Posted By on March 15, 2016

The Chap has created the greatest tome on how to become a Chap, ever. How To Be Chap is published by Berlin-based English-language publisher Gestalten, whose stable already includes such chappish titles as I Am Dandy and From Tip To Toe – The Essential Men’s Wardrobe.

How To Be Chap is a sumptuous, heavily illustrated coffee table book spanning the first fifteen years of the Chap’s existence, as a magazine, a lifestyle, a social group, a series of events and protests and ultimately a collection of extremely well-dressed and amusing people. Large-format photographs document such key events in the history of this cult movement, from the very first Chap protest, Civilise the City in 2001, to the most recent, the Give Three-Piece a Chance protest outside Abercrombie & Fitch on Savile Row.

How To Be Chap sets out to document and record every area of a Chap’s life, from what he has for breakfast to where he goes on holiday. The modern-day Grand Tour is recommended, in which a Chap must acquire essential gentlemanly accoutrements from various locations around the globe. The key Chappish writers, from both sides of the Atlantic, are all profiled, along with the top ten cinema films a Chap should have in his collection. His home, his pets, his marriage and his approach to childcare are all examined in thorough detail, with lavish photography and illustration throughout.

Photographs and text revisit the Chap’s many fashion plates, taken in such diverse locations as Gunpowder Mills, Essex and Brighton’s Peter Pan crazy golf course. The key figures in the Chap movement, from Vic Darkwood to Fleur de Guerre and Michael Attree, are profiled, along with Chap interviewees such as Sir Patrick Moore, Chris Eubank and Gilbert & George. If you have followed the Chap for the last 15 years and wish to reflect on those years and what they meant to you, or if you are new to the term “Chappish” and wish to inform yourself, you will not find a more suitable tome than this.

www.gestalten.com

The Chap Loves

Posted By on March 7, 2016

In a new monthly web featurette, we admire an item of chappish splendidness which has featured in the magazine’s “Chap Kit” section.

The first of our homages goes to the Leather Satchel Company. There is a genus of Chap which clings to the disfigured belief that transporting one’s everyday flotsam & jetsam in a carrier bag is both practical and appropriate. It is not. Such malodourous thinking incited the rise of the male Tote Bag – or as your gran called it, a shopping bag. And for the man who utilizes either, or both, articles, these words will have little value or resonance. For any sense of personal dignity has been dislodged by a sartorial death that is black, silent, and terrible.

But for the rest of you, your belongings are in for a treat. The Leather Satchel Company is in its 50th year, and England’s oldest surviving satchel maker. And while, in the current fashion climate, the term ‘Classic’ is often overused and inappropriately attached, it would not be disingenuous on this occasion. For they produce a range of satchels that would not look out of place slung over the shoulder of a child of the 1930s. Unlike the school kid of today, who is more likely to be seen with an outsize rucksack suspended from their shoulders, and looking for all the world like an upright tortoise.

It was a fortuitous meeting between a leather worker and a headmaster that proved the catalyst for the Leather Satchel Company’s birth. Stephen Hanshaw was exhibiting his leather-ware in London, when local headmaster Mr Collis asked if he could to make satchels for an independent school based in Hammersmith. High demand for the satchels soon saw Stephen joined by his two younger brothers, Barry and Paul, and together they established their first workshop on Smithdown Road in Liverpool. And although now operating out of a workshop in Huyton, it continues to be a family run affair. All the bags are handmade by a tightly knit team of master craftsmen, using high quality leather and, as with all hand crafted goods, once ordered it won’t arrive the next day. It requires making first. But as with anything of value, it’ll be worth the wait.

Marcher Than A Mad Hare: The March Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on March 2, 2016

All right, it’s time for me to take a break from all the raging political hoo-hah, before I finish off yet another bottle of aspirin in a futile effort to control my raging Trump- and Clinton- induced headache.

Not just a break, but a musical interlude! Without further ado (I always run out of ado late in the winter), yes, it’s the March edition of Pilsner’s Picks!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

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Æther Salon: Courtly Love! (Cleaned Raw Transcript)

Posted By on February 27, 2016

[2016/02/21 13:57:20] Podruly Peccable stays very very still so the horse doesn’t fall off the podium
[2016/02/21 13:57:30] Wildstar Beaumont: greetings
[2016/02/21 13:57:37] Podruly Peccable: Hullo Admiral
[2016/02/21 13:58:19] 美奈子 :: Minako: A fine steed you have there!
[2016/02/21 13:58:38] Lady Sumoku blows Wulfi a kiss.
[2016/02/21 13:58:45] Fauve Aeon: Hello everyone!
[2016/02/21 13:

Æther Salon: Courtly Love! (Edited Transcript)

Posted By on February 27, 2016

Podruly Peccable: COURTLY LOVE

Good evening, gentlefolk of New Babbage, and thank you for inviting me to speak tonight. My subject is the medieval tradition of “Courtly Love”, which seems a suitable topic for the sixty-ninth Aether Salon, falling as it does a week after Valentine’s Day.

I think it is true to say that when we imagine the medieval period, the first three images that come to mind

The Chap February Edition

Posted By on February 15, 2016

The Chap’s latest fop-packed issue has hit the nation’s magazine shelves, powered entirely by good old-fashioned steam.

We meet Mycroft Milverton, who has converted real briar pipes into electronic vapour-fired devices for smoking pleasure; we hear about technical innovations that allow gentlemen to wear proper shoes with added modern benefits; we meet several makers of military style watches with contemporary mechanisms hidden behind their perfect dials; David Bowie’s sartorial splendour in Berlin in the 1970s is pictographically recalled; the first lady in our Centrefold is crowned Queen of Chapettes; Patricia Hammond recalls three 1930s tenors who were virtually pop stars; Tom Cutler advises on the etiquette of internet dating; Vic Darkwood provides essential information on all the colours that make up the Chromatic Lexicon of Louche; and Gustav Temple advises on the most suitable unguents for chaps to douse themselves with.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/