A publication devoted to dressing well, quality drinking, pipe smoking, and supreme decadence. Welcome to the cult of couth.
Founded in 1998 by a pair of ‘rum coves’, Mssrs. Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood, The Chap attempts to reel in the maddening acceleration of the 21st century, coshing ‘laddism’, while promoting ‘chapism’.
My first encounter with a printed version The Chap was at the hands of a Ms. F, a noted and bibiophile and ‘chapette’. I opened its pages to find in-depth articles on the Semiotics of Hair, Supermarket Dressage, the Tweed revolution and so on.
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The Chap & The Internet
There is a question that many of us are asking ourselves these days, and it is this: ‘What is the Internet and can it be of any use to a gentleman?’ The answer generally perceived to be the most accurate is: ‘Leave the beastly thing alone and your pleasant life of indolence will not be affected in the slightest.’ However, if curiosity does get the better of you, it is important that you are aware of the true potential of the Internet.
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From the manifesto:
“Something is amiss in society. At every level, the populace worships an unholy trinity of aspiration, vulgarity, and self-regard, while qualities such as courtesy and savoir-faire are pushed aside in the name of progress. The Chap Manifesto is a rallying point for the gentleman mired in postmodern confusion: a cri de coeur from the pin-striped bosom. Now, learn how to adjust your gloves with the correct degree of insouciance, how to behave at the revolutionary dinner table, and what items to pack in your anarcho-dandyist toolkit. Once you have mastered the sartorial and behavioral basics, you can move on to more advanced tactics, like The Trouser Semaphore and Random Acts of Common Courtesy. Racily illustrated throughout, this is a ripping Call to Charms.”