The world’s preeminent publication dedicated to the renaissance in gentlemanly sophistication and style, THE RAKE recaptures the codes of classic men’s elegance. Inspired by icons such as Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, the Duke of Windsor, Gianni Agnelli, Sean Connery, and their contemporary counterparts, THE RAKE provides incisive, in-depth commentary on magnificent menswear, and the many other elements of gentlemanly living, from manners and ethics, to art and design, tasteful travel, health and well-being, the intellectual and philosophical, to homes, modes of transport, entertainment, food and drink. THE RAKE is the modern voice of classic elegance.
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arbiter • REVERTING TO TYPE; A COUPLE OF RAKES; DEUS EX MACHINA; OUTFOXED; THE WONDER OF YOU.
BUG’S LIFE • Ettore Bugatti liked to say, ‘Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive’. Which probably explains why his famous creations — the racing cars that established his legend in the 20th century — were pure hedonism on wheels.
EVER THE TWAIN • Instagram luminaries Andy Poupart and his wife, Michèle Free, known better by their handle @StyleAfter50, are not just eternally soigné, they dress in a way that complements each other’s style smarts — especially when one examines the finer details…
THE CHASE OF THE THRILL • On land, on ice or in water, whether clutching wheel or reins, the short life of Spanish aristocrat Alfonso de Portago — and his violent death — touched upon a single theme: his uncontrollable desire to rewrite distance-over-time ratios.
LEADER OF THE PACK • Its raison d’être was traditionally seen as controversial. Then it was outlawed altogether. But try letting that crush our foxhound’s lust for life.
GIRL WONDER • Lynda Carter’s classic seventies take on Wonder Woman is the only version worthy of the name. Though not for the reasons we might assume.
atelier • INVESTMENT HANKER; DRESS CODE; BIRTHDAY BOYS.
INVEST • Investments can be unpredictable, but not so with these two winners, which we have handpicked to provide you with sound and secure appreciation — aesthetically, spiritually and financially.
CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET: NEW TONES OF ELEGANCE • A year after its controversial launch, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet is back with a revamp that will silence the doubters. And it is just in time to lend some much-needed optimism into a world gone dark.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER • As Cifonelli celebrate their 140th birthday, we pay tribute to one of the world’s most illustrious tailoring establishments and the distinguished fourth-generation cousins whose vision is laying the groundwork for a prosperous future.
articles • EDWARD THE CONFESSOR; THE HOLY TRINITY; LADY GOOD DRIVER; LOCAL HERO.
THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING • Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is back with a new film — The Trial of the Chicago 7 — whose tagline reads, ‘In 1968, democracy refused to back down’. Little wonder its release coincides with this year’s U.S. presidential election. As Redmayne tells tom chamberlin, it is an urgent moment.
THE IDLE WILD • A triptych of colourful characters from decades past — the Italian count Carlo Felice Trossi, Briton Tim Birkin, and the American Briggs Swift Cunningham — shine a light on the glorious phenomenon of the gentleman racer.
TALKING 'BOUT A REVOLUTION • Before there was Danica Patrick and Ashley Force Hood, there was Liane Engeman and Shirley ‘Cha Cha’ Muldowney. the rake pays tribute to the women who burned off gallons of sexism and misogyny as they blazed a trail in motorsport.
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL • The optimistic eighties is a time we’d do well to remember now. It was notable for its...