The Chap

Each summer in London, the Chap Olympiad is held to celebrate “athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases.” That isn’t the only thing they are up to, however, and retro-punks of all walks of life will likely love reading the bi-monthly releases of Chap Magazine, but I’m writing this with my dearest Dieselpunk readers in mind.

Are you a gentlemen of refined taste and dapper sensibilities? Do you love wearing tweed and never go out in public without your hat? Perhaps the Chap is your sort of read. Their Manifesto just scratches the surface of their retrofuturistic mindset. Rather than bringing about revolution by bomb-throwing or violence, “Chappists”  aim to change society by dressing with panache, drinking fine beverages and behaving with courtesy.

Here’s what they had to say about themselves on their website:

The Chap takes a wry look at the modern world through the steamed-up monocle of a more refined age, occasionally getting its sock suspenders into a twist at the unspeakable vulgarity of the twenty-first century.
Since 1999, the Chap has been championing the rights of that increasingly marginalised and discredited species of Englishman – the gentleman. The Chap believes that a society without courteous behaviour and proper headwear is a society on the brink of moral and sartorial collapse, and it seeks to reinstate such outmoded but indispensable gestures as hat doffing, giving up one’s seat to a lady and regularly using a trouser press.

Unfortunately for the majority of my readers, The Chap is printed in the UK, so shipping will be a bit of a pain, but this seems something that might be worth the investment if your looking to cultivate your gentlemanly panache. Go here to subscribe and start bringing dapper back.

The Chap Olympiad

There’s an event taking place this weekend that makes me sincerely wish I were in the place of my coworker who is currently vacationing in London. This weekend, Saturday the 17th from 12 PM to 11PM at Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, is the fifth annual running of The Chap Olympiad, and event that celebrates “athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases.”

You can expect all sorts of thrilling displays of gentlemanly skills at this year’s Olympiad, such as:

Martini Knockout Relay: Teams of four must mix a perfect dry martini (without the aid of a butler) over a gruelling ten-yard course, before having it judged by a connoisseur

Cucumber Sandwich Discus: Individuals must hurl a cucumber sandwich on a china plate as far as possible, with points deducted for getting mud in the sandwich

Moustache Wrestling: The bearded versus the moustachioed, the object of this event is to pluck a single hair from one’s opponent’s facial plumage

Umbrella Jousting: In the medieval tradition, chaps on bicycles approach each other along a boundary and use their brollies to knock each other off. Bowler hats are their only protection

Bounders: A chap must say something so caddish to a lady that he receives a slap. The cad with the reddest face, but the wryest smile, is the winner

And during the lull between these spectacular events, one can enjoy such entertainment as drinking, dancing and general merriment. Throughout the day, there will be live music from big bands, quartets, piano players and cabaret singers.

The Chap Olympiad is hosted by The Chap Magazine – a monthly journal celebrating tweeds, hat doffing, Martini’s and all things gentlemanly – and Bourne and Hollingsworth – the group behind Prohibition and The Blitz Party. You can purchase tickets here, and join the Facebook group here.