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.
Letter from the Founder
Letter from the Editor
arbiter • COLE POWERED; RIGHT SAID FRED; THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING; PEAK DOG; POCKET FULL OF DREAMS; THE GATEKEEPER.
UNFORGETTABLE? • How should we memorialise Nat King Cole? If, like St. Nick and the Advent calendar, it is once a year in December, we are doing Cole’s talent, influence and life story a disservice.
‘ACTORS HAVE THIS AMAZING SKILL SET — OF MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN SPITE OF THE WORST-CASE CIRCUMSTANCES’ • Freddy Carter, the star of the Netflix series Shadow and Bone, talks to THE RAKE about acting in the pandemic, fighting flesh-eating monsters, and why fantasy (still) rules…
SUSPENDERED IN TIME • Larry King, who died in January, became the sharp-angled, arch-shouldered master of the big-name interview during 25 years at CNN. His style was unorthodox but winning (most of the time). ‘I’m really curious,’ King once said. ‘I listen to answers and leave my ego at the door.’
THE PALE KING • This issue’s guest pooch, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, would like you to know that Honoré de Balzac always had it right: white hair doesn’t have to mean dotage.
AIR MALE • Michael Hainey, a Deputy Editor of the digital weekly Air Mail, sees his sartorial spirit as the best of British, French and Italian style ‘combed through the American eye’.
MYTHBUSTER • Fifty years after her theatrical debut (as a drama student at Yale), Sigourney Weaver remains a torchbearer for an enlightened Hollywood.
atelier • INVESTMENT HANKER; THE BEAUTIFUL NAME; BLANK CANVAS; LINEN ON A PRAYER.
INVEST • Investments can be unpredictable, but not so with these four winners, which we have handpicked to provide you with sound and secure appreciation — aesthetically, spiritually and financially.
LORENZO CIFONELLI x LORO PIANA x THE RAKE DEBUT CAPSULE COLLECTION • A Cifonelli jacket for under €1,000? You’re not seeing things: with this new collaboration, the legendary Lorenzo Cifonelli has applied his bespoke signature to a spring-summer collection that oozes Riviera style and groundbreaking value.
NON-STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY • Sacco jackets are crafted in Naples, designed to combat tropical heat, and available now in Europe via the rake. In fact, these effortless, ultra-light blazers might be the most relevant garment around this spring.
A FINE LINEAGE • Italian weavers Solbiati have produced a new linen with such a world-beating yarn count that your shirting this season will feel and drape like silk.
articles • BOB’S YOUR UNCLE; AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM; COLOMBIA’S FINEST.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER • The era of Saul Goodman is coming to an end, but Bob Odenkirk — the man who brought Albuquerque’s funniest, dodgiest lawyer to life — is just getting started, writes TOM CHAMBERLIN.
FOREVER YOUNG? • If the wheels of time cannot be slowed (much less stopped), how do we come to terms with the ageing process? THE RAKE consulted medical professionals and the shrewdest members of our social circle to build our best cheat code. But here’s a clue: it pays to grow old mindfully as well as gracefully,...