“Anyone”, declares Gustav Temple, “can be a Chap”.
And he should know. As co-founder of The Chap magazine in 1999, and editor to this day, Temple has spent the last two decades writing about the sartorial and lifestyle choices necessary for one to become a gentleman, a dandy, or as his most recent event shows: a flâneur.
Organised by the chaps (and chapettes) at The Chap magazine, The Grand Flâneur Walk took place last Sunday. The art of flânerie is shown through a disinclination for destination, a reluctance for route, a penchant for purposelessness… and after meeting at the statue of Beau Brummell on Jermyn Street, the attending ladies and gentlemen demonstrated the true spirit of a flâneur through their choice of course: none.
Participants also appeared to adhere to Temple’s strict rules for Chap fashion; both the gentlemen and the ladies donned (and subsequently doffed) an impressive range of headwear, from trilby to top hat, and all kept their clothing choices modest, practical and perfectly suited to the moderate yet breezy warmth of the afternoon.
Unsurprisingly, such a fancy event in the heart of London’s tailoring district did not go unnoticed (or un-covered). Below is a selection of the best coverage of last Sunday: