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 • KEN DOLL; GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE; BANDS OF MARRIAGE; DOG TOWN; GUESS WHOSE BACK.
THE PRESIDENT THAT NEVER WAS • How different would the 21st century have looked had John F. Kennedy Jr. lived? Impossible to say, of course, but that hasn’t stopped some observers casting the liberal scion in the role of American saviour.
HOPE IN HELL • The internet sartorialist George Hahn cut Fox News down to size, and then went home to read the rake. That’s the kind of style we can all get behind…
SWING TIME • Artie Shaw was the king of jazz in the interwar years, a slick and suave performer who raked in the big bucks every time he picked up a clarinet. Unfortunately for Artie, the control he enjoyed on stage was lost when it came to his restless and torturous life.
CROSS-CULTURAL ICON • The cockapoo is the first ever spawn of two different purebred breeds. It is, literally, adorable by design — so much so that those arbiters of good taste, New Yorkers, will pay at least two and a half thousand bucks for one.
REAR ADMIRABLE • Vikki Dougan has been described as a midcentury Emily Ratajkowski or Kim Kardashian, a celebrity who ‘brazenly claimed attention for her figure, exercising her agency as a woman to do so’. Dougan’s fame burned brightly and briefly…
atelier • INVESTMENT HANKER; FLEXIBLE WORKING.
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.
THE FABRIC OF MODERN SOCIETY • Loro Piana’s new range of jersey textiles is a high-tech improvement on a form of knitting — though fear not, not the variety associated with rocking chairs, unwanted Christmas gifts, and amicable Olympic divers.
articles • DEL BOY; CONCRETE-JUNGLE FEVER; TRAILBLAZER; ARCHIPLAYGROUND.
THE LEGEND OF DEL TORO • Enigmatic, cryptic, achingly cool and understated in his craft: Benicio Del Toro is the ultimate anti-thesp. His latest movie — Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch — shows how, among other things, ‘a journalist can make me look like a bear or a rat’. No pressure, then, on nick scott…
THE KIDS WERE ALL RIGHT • The American economy was growing at four — yes, four — per cent a year. A different kind of pandemic had cast its shadow. And history, we were told, was at an end. The 1990s had a raucous seize-the-day spirit, writes stuart husband, and New York was their ringleader. Nostalgia has seldom felt so good…
THE BEAST IS BACK • For 2021 Audemars Piguet have introduced a 43mm execution of their Royal Oak Offshore watch — the first new case size for the trailblazing timepiece in nearly two decades.
WAYFAR ING STRANGERS • Much ventured, much gained in an escape to the Maldives, where the most exclusive hotel in the Indian Ocean’s most exclusive archipelago plays host to the rake.
shop the rake • HOLY TRINITY; FOREVER AUTUMN.
ECLECTIC AVENUE • Americana, classic formalwear and rock ’n’ roll chic rub shoulders with fearlessness and...