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A Sharper Edge
It’s apposite that ‘swordsman’ has become a phallic synonym for philanderer, given the dashing elegance of the weapon and the virile elegance that results when one is employed in fiction. Bourne and Bond may exude lethal masculinity when bearing a Wa
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‘I Have Moments — I Was Sitting In My House In L.a. Last Week Just Smiling, Like, This Is It’
photography diego merino fashion direction jo grzeszczuk Since the concept was created in the 1950s, the American dream has always contained some degree of false hope. Though that hasn’t prevented many millions feeling the warmth of its glow. Sixty y
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by nick scott “I have always been inspired by the rugged beauty and romance of the American west,” Ralph Lauren once remarked, and the designer’s emotional affiliation to that part of the world has more than influenced his work over the decades. Now,
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Letter From The Editor
I was paid a rather neat compliment the other day. A style expert who moonlights as a popular left-wing commentator in Britain, whom we will call Bowen Thrones, publicly referred to The Rake as an “obscure clothing magazine for bored aristocrats”. Th
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Let�s Face The Music And Dance
By james medd Almost every generation considers itself a jeunesse dorée, but few have a stronger claim than that of London in the early years of the 20th century. Wealthy beyond thought on the riches of empire and the industrial age, brought together
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The Lane Less Travelled
by david smiedt Diane Lane wouldn’t give you the time of day. Although her parents’ families are from Georgia — dad was a drama coach and mom a delightful slashie (centrefold/nightclub singer) — Lane, a New Yorker, has forever radiated a coolly detac
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Letter From The Editor
So often letters like this begin with some sort of anecdote — “I was sitting in a bar one day” or “I bumped into a friend of mine recently” — that inspires a fun little analogy. My life is rarely this exciting, so it is hard to do something quite as
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‘We Believe That Passion Is Passed Down Through The Dna’
by ben st. george photography kim lang A truly noble fibre is luxury made manifest. There is a richness, a suppleness, an opulence to the handle of pure cashmere or vicuña that has a transportive quality, an ability to reassure and empower. When it c
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To Rise Again
by anna prendergast Kim Novak never intended to be an actress, and her success surprised no one more than herself. “I never dreamed of it, never even thought about it,” she said. “It literally just happened, as if by magic.” It wasn’t until a cross-c
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The Arbiters Simon Crompton, Hugo Jacomet, Darius Namdar, Shary Rahman & Alexander Kraft
by wei koh special thanks to mark’s club The term ‘arbiter’ generally refers to an individual who wields a more than significant authority over his or her chosen sphere of influence. And our 2017 arbiters do just that. Two of them work in men’s class
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‘With Louis Xiii, We Think A Century Ahead’
by benedict browne photography james munro Within the confines of the Library Bar at the Devonshire Club, Ludovic du Plessis is relaxed, making jokes and smiling. As the Global Executive Officer for Louis XIII, one of the most prestigious and enchant
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The Modern Tendencies Of Thom Sweeney
by tom chamberlin photography kim lang Limitation is a damnable thing. We Homo sapiens are adventurers by nature and instinctively try to discover the new or adapt the old. This psychological restlessness is evident in the clothes we wear as much as
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Knowing Me, Knowing Me
by nick scott illustration lee sullivan What do the rapid rise in cosmetic surgery procedures, people projecting their own mundanity all over Instagram, and a new nationalism based on personal superiority over solidarity have in common? They’re all s
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Coming To America
It was, as usual, P.G. Wodehouse who summed it up best: “I’m bound to say that New York’s a topping place to be exiled in. Everybody was awfully good to me, and there seemed to be plenty of things going on, and I’m a wealthy bird, so everything was f
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Gothic, Novel
by axel as told to nick scott If there is another breed of dog my size — roughly that of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi — with as menacing a moniker as the ‘Vikingarnas Hund’, I’ve yet to meet it. It is a name surely meant to be emblazoned, in some imposing
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Let The Old Times Roll
by ken kessler While responsible for some of the greatest commercial or critical successes this century — the return of the Mini, the FIAT 500, the Olympus Pen-F, the vinyl L.P. revival — ‘retro’ is at risk of overuse. Too many ‘futurists’ deem it re
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Wheels Of Progress
by nick scott photography piers cunliffe Reinventing a car marque is one thing. Reinventing a brand long associated with grunt, functionality and its boxy, behemoth silhouette into one that people associate with aesthetic beauty is another thing alto
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Watch And Learn: Hublot Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition “The Rake”
If The Rake were to create a Hublot watch, it would have to embrace two eras simultaneously — that of the ancient world and that of the modern world. It started on a clear, unseasonably warm and hospitable evening in Milan in February last year. Litt
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The Real Mckay
The issue of Life magazine that hit the newsstands on July 6, 1959 bore the image of an almost excruciatingly handsome man, then 27 years old, staring into the middle distance: dash-of-salt, tousled hair; lips puckered rakishly; and eyes fixed in a g
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Ralph Lauren: Why The World Needs Him Now More Than Ever
When it came time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this magazine, I knew there was only one man who could be on our cover. And it didn’t bother me that he had graced the front of The Rake twice before, because each of those covers created some of
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‘I Did 105 Pictures And I Was Killed 85 Times. How Unlucky Can You Go?’
by josh sims George Raft didn’t want to give the name. Interviewed in 1980, his final television appearance, the then 85-year-old actor, dressed stylishly in a charcoal peak-lapel suit over a black polo neck, was asked about his habit of giving money
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Chew The Fat
We live in a society sick from diet-related diseases, with no decrease in obesity since 1980, and we are wondering why. While everyone was discussing whether or not to Brexit, I travelled to the European parliament with three of the biggest experts i
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by nick scott and charlie thomas In construction circles, the family name Bamford is best known for the excavation vehicles bearing the initials JCB. In horological circles, the name belongs to George Bamford, and it conjures images of a hyper-innova
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Contributors
Kalle is a Swedish director and photographer. A master of the atmospheric cinematic moment, he shoots both print and motion for an advertising client list that includes Paul Smith, Gant, Johnnie Walker, Volvo, Hackett, Peroni, Rolex, H&M, Neiman Marc
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‘It Was A Huge Risk. It Was The One Project We’d Done That Has Kept Me Awake At Night’
by tom chamberlin As a committed cheerleader of menswear and its prosperity, the popularity of Mr Porter is rather gratifying, largely as it proves one inalienable fact that is often lost in stereotyping, which is that men have an interest in how the
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by nick scott Here’s one for trivia buffs: it’s distinctly possible that the backpack was invented before the wheel. At least, we know for certain that Ötzi the Iceman — whose remains were found by snow hikers in 1991 — set off across the southern Au
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The Nourisher Sarah Ann Macklin
by wei koh special thanks to the dorchester hotel Though she may be unaware of it, I first met Sarah Ann Macklin a decade ago. It was at a photoshoot in the first year of The Rake’s existence, a shoot dedicated to the sartorially seminal film Get Car
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Forging The Future
by wei koh I kid you not. At 100mph (or 160km/h in the metric system) the GTR version of the McLaren F1 — the 25-year-old game-changing sports car designed by the iconoclast Gordon Murray — generates so much downforce that it could drive upside down
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An Act Of Love
by benedict browne photography justin hast The Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands off the northwest coast of mainland Scotland, is a remote and barren stretch of land. It’s devoid of many of the fripperies of modern civilisation, and the result is a
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General Ignorance
by nick scott The pages in this issue, until now, have been filled with stirring yarns of selfless valour and poignant accounts of the horrors of war, all peppered with liberal quivering of usually stiff upper lips. So shifting the mood to comedy her
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