The Chap

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This article is about the magazine. For the London based band, see The Chap (band).
The Chap
Chap covers.jpg
Editor Gustav Temple
Categories Men's lifestyle
Frequency Bi-monthly
First issue 1999
Country  UK
Language English
Website Official website

The Chap is a British bi-monthly magazine and related books, founded in 1999 by Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood, and still edited by Gustav Temple. Printed in B5 format the magazine proposes a return to a more dandified way of life, involving the wearing of tweed and fine clothes, proper head wear, pipe smoking, cultivating facial hair (especially moustaches), quality handmade shoes and sharply pressed trousers.

The magazine regularly features an interview conducted by Michael Attree; previous interviewees include Stephen Fry, Leslie Phillips, Sir Patrick Moore, Alan Moore and Joanna Lumley. The magazine celebrated its tenth anniversary in December 2009 with the Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball in London.[1]

The "Chappists" propose a revolution based not on violence, but on dressing with panache, drinking fine beverages and behaving with courtesy, especially to those from whom courtesy is not forthcoming. They have organised protests against modern art installations[2] and bland corporations such as Gap, Starbucks, Nike and on Saint George's Day, 2012 outside the intended Abercrombie and Fitch shop at No. 3 Savile Row,[3] in addition to bland cities and areas of cities, for example Catford in south-east London.[4] Contributors include Miss Martindale and Michael "Atters" Attree.

In May 2009 the magazine nearly closed due to financial issues arising from publishing a larger A4 format magazine. To keep going The Chap asked its readership and subscribers to donate funds. Additionally, Viz Magazine financially supported the magazine. It returned to its B5 format to reduce printing costs.[5]

While Chappism appreciates British culture and loves tradition, it is nonetheless rooted in the Situationist strand of anarchism with more than the occasional nod to Dada.[6] It is also indebted to Monty Python, Peter Cook, Spike Milligan and Viv Stanshall as much as it is to the avant-garde.

As The Chap enters its second decade, the magazine continues to plough its Wodehousian view of England, while England itself appears gradually to be coming round to The Chap's philosophy, with the return of the moustache, the monocle, tailored clothing and nightclubs and events celebrating 1930s glamour and 1940s austerity fashions.[citation needed] It has also featured articles extolling the virtues of the steampunk genre.

The Chap hosts a popular annual Chap Olympiad, normally held in Bedford Square Gardens.[7]


Title Year Type Pages Author
Cooking for Chaps 2014 recipes 224 Gustav Temple & Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen
Am I A Chap? 2011 compilation 199 Gustav Temple
The Best of The Chap 2005 compilation 192 Gustav Temple & Vic Darkwood
Around the World in Eighty Martinis: The Logbook of a Remarkable Voyage Undertaken 2003 travelogue 144 Gustav Temple & Vic Darkwood
The Chap Almanac: An Esoterick Yearbook for the Decadent Gentleman 2002 collection 144 Gustav Temple & Vic Darkwood
The Chap Manifesto: Revolutionary Etiquette For The Modern Gentleman 2001 treatise 138 Gustav Temple & Vic Darkwood


  1. ^ The Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball
  2. ^ The Tate Protest
  3. ^ Shortcuts, The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 24 April 2012
  4. ^ Shortcuts, The Guardian newspaper, Thursday 9 October 2003
  5. ^ "The Chap Saved by its Readers". The Chap Magazine. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Interview with Gustav Temple in Albion Magazine
  7. ^ "Chap Olympiad 2013". The Guardian. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 

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The Chap Olympiad[edit]