Tweed suit, pipe, brolly and hat, lots of weird British humour and definitely no sport – with the possible exception of cricket: the chap is today’s British gentleman, and he is taking over the world.
Released in time for the Pitti Uomo in Florence – where everything revolves around menswear trends for the following summer – there is now a good read about how to be a dapper chap. Under the banner of “saving the (British) gentleman”, super-stylish top chap Gustav Temple gives tips on how to achieve a true gentleman’s lifestyle, from its origins to the dos and don’ts of the modern day: how a chap dresses, where he goes on holiday, which sport he engages in and which he doesn’t. Think of him as the antithesis of the omnipresent hipster.
Being a chap is a complex approach to life, no mere passing fad. In the tradition of men like Beau Brummell and Lord Byron, chaps keep up genuine ideals and virtues. By taking that step back towards history, they are downright revolutionary.
How to be a Chap
Gustav Temple, Robert Klanten
English, hardback, 272 pages.
Gestalten, March 2016, £30.