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 • DUKING AND DRIVING; STAR IN THE MAKING; MARRYING MONACO; OLD DOG, NEW TRICKS; PLAYING THE FIELDEN; LADY INDIA.
THE FIRST — AND LAST — GENTLEMAN • He carried his own suitcases, had little time for sentiment (or tact), and did nothing to subvert his reputation as a ‘bloody prickly thing’. Yet Prince Philip, who died in April, was also resilient and loyal, a dashing polymath who dragged a creaking institution into the 20th century. THE RAKE reflects on his fascinating life.
‘I KNOW HOW ALL OF HENRY VIII’S WIVES DIED, BUT WE’RE TAUGHT NOTHING ABOUT THE EAST INDIA COMPANY’ • Nikesh Patel swapped journalism for acting, though his mission remains the same — to tell a multitude of stories. He talks to THE RAKE about his HBO rom-com, Starstruck, and the progress of British Asian representation on screen.
HOIST BY HIS OWN FÊTARD • Speculation often followed Philippe Junot about what exactly the French industrialist did to make a living — but no one could doubt this tireless roisterer’s knack for making a life…
OUT OF AFRICA • The Basenji is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds, and as lovable a marvel of evolution as any quadruped to have emerged from the primordial soup.
THE RAKE • THE MODERN VOICE OF CLASSIC ELEGANCE
MAGNETIC FIELDEN • The former Esquire chief Jay Fielden, a proud son of Texas, commands the space between the men’s style industry and modern-day magazine journalism.
DESIGN FOR LIFE • From modelling and motherhood to commerce and philanthropy, it feels as though India Hicks has already packed several existences into her 53 years.
atelier • INVESTMENT HANKER; GUNNING IT; IS IT RAINING? I HADN’T NOTICED.
Breguet Type XXI 3815 limited edition • 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.
Port Ellen 40-Year-Old
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback with green dial
Lardini reversible trenchcoat
LOCK, STOCK AND 200 YEARS OF SMOKING BARRELS • Purdey & Sons are the venerable Mayfair gunmakers whose craftsmanship shows artisan work at its unparalleled best. With the new shooting season upon us, the rake was given a behind-the-scenes tour of their London factory.
SYSTEM OF A DOWNPOUR • Loro Piana have always been pioneers when it comes to textile performance. Their new Rain System range, which includes a water repellent treatment, takes technical fabrics into uncharted territory.
articles • THE TALENTED MR. MATT; ROCCO’S REVEAL; SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL, ETHICAL LUXURY; DEVILISHLY HANDSOME.
BORN TO DO IT • If we’ve missed cinema, we’ve missed Matt Damon — making us think, making us laugh, and the world a better place. The star of Stillwater has no fewer than three films out in 2021, which means — in the best possible way — we cannot get enough of him.
THE SCION OF SARTORIALISM • Rocco Ritchie, the son of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, shows that the most elegant clothes...