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'The Chap magazine, a journal for the modern gentleman, has been publishing sartorial advice and articles on pipe smoking, tweed, and indeed everything else a chap needs to know, for ten years now. For six of those years they have also held the Chap Olympiad, a gathering of the nation's finest suited, booted and moustach-wearing chaps... not forgetting the chappettes. Last year it was held in July in Bedford Square Gardens in the U.K and was well attended by over a thousand dandies.
Various sporting events are held from piggy back racing to moustache tug-of war but possibly the highlight of the event was Bicycle Jousting. To play you are going to need a couple of cycles, umbrellas for lances and cardboard shields. In keeping with the ideals of Chappism the front of the shield is pasted with the front page of the Financial Times. Players mount their cycles with the shield on one arm, the umbrella held forward in the other and gallantly cycle towards each other and certain injury. Umbrellas can be used in traditional jousting fashion or the hooked handle can be used to try to pull the opponent over.
The jousting fence, which forms the barrier between each jousters course, is created by stretching a rope between two old-fashioned wooden hat stands.
Most sports require specialised clothing and Bicycle Jousting is no different with blazers, waistcoats and a nice pair of flannel trousers being de-rigeur but definately no man-made fibres. Most gentleman jousters favour the bowler as the perfect head wear as it has the ultimate combination of authoritative style and protection should you fall.
'Trads, rejoice! Take Ivy, the long-out-of-print Japanese photo book that chronicled manners of dress on America's Ivy League campuses during the mid-'60s (original copies are scarce, and fetch high prices from preppy-style obsessives) has been reprinted in English. The book's 145 photographs capture a sartorial sensibility that, as readers of GQ well know, is just as prevalent today as it was over 50 years ago. Here, a look inside, plus excerpts from the Japanese authors' alternately insightful and hilarious commentary on each photo. ("Shopping in town means paying extra for commodities compared to shopping at the co-op on campus. You have to admit, however, shopping in town sure can be more fun.")'
Take Ivy, by Teruyoshi Hayashida (photographs), Shosuke Ishizu, Toshiyuki Kurosu, and Hajime (Paul) Hasegawa (text). via GQ
available now from powerHouse Books