The Chap is a British bi-monthly magazine and related books founded in 1999 and edited by Gustav Temple. It is printed in the uncommon B5 format and proposes a return to a more dandified way of life, involving the wearing of tweed and fine clothes, proper headwear, pipe smoking, cultivating facial hair (esp. moustaches), quality handmade shoes and pressed trousers.
The magazine regularly features an interview with noted Chaps and Chapettes, with Stephen Fry, Leslie Phillips, Sir Patrick Moore, Alan Moore and Joanna Lumley appearing. The magazine celebrated its tenth anniversary in December 2009 with the Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball in London (the event now takes place every year).
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 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, in addition to bland cities and areas of cities, for example Catford in south-east London. 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.
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. 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 celebrating 1930s glamour and 1940s austerity fashions. It has also featured articles extolling the virtues of the steampunk genre.
|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|
- The Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball
- The Tate Protest
- Shortcuts, The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 24 April 2012
- Shortcuts, The Guardian newspaper, Thursday 9 October 2003
- "The Chap Saved by its Readers". The Chap Magazine. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Interview with Gustav Temple in Albion Magazine
- "Chap Olympiad 2013". The Guardian. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Official website of The Chap magazine
- Interview with Gustav Temple
- Evening Standard feature about The Chap and Steampunk