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 • THE BELL STILL TOLLS; THAT’S A RAP; ORDAINED BY DOG; MAMIE DEAREST.
MAN OF THE WEST • Gary Cooper did more than most to shape Hollywood’s all-American archetype. But offscreen, he was as comfortable in sharp tailoring and behind the wheel of a fabulous car as he was in the company of the beautiful and famous.
‘I WAS ALWAYS TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH. I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT AS A PROFESSION’ • Ben Bailey Smith, better known to some as the stand-up Doc Brown, has moved elegantly from the comedy spotlight to a place in the Star Wars universe with his role in Andor.
CROWNING GLORY • King Charles II is so… 17th century. The spaniel taking over this issue of the rake would rather serve in the name of the U.K.’s new (and exceedingly patient) monarch…
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ON THAT BOMBSHELL… • Mamie Van Doren is one of the last living links to Hollywood’s golden era, and her life and many loves make for gloriously candid reading. She’s never been too shy to share it, either.
atelier • INVESTMENT HANKER; CHANEL POSITIVITY; PLAYING TAG.
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.
BOY IS FATHER OF THE MAN • It has taken a while — multiple generations, if you want to be difficult — but the humble gent has learned that skincare is an extension of self-care. Now, Chanel’s new range of male beauty products is set to transform the burgeoning sector.
SPEED… AND SOPHISTICATION • The partnership between Porsche and TAG Heuer is one that seems made for the ages: both have an exciting and beautifully designed heritage — as seen in the classic Carrera Panamericana race — and a formidable-looking future.
articles • THE BIG SLICK; REX OF THE YEAR; MORE OF THE BUTTON.
‘THE ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM ISN’T THE SAME FOR EVERYBODY’ • Kumail Nanjiani’s journey — from Karachi to L.A., from nerd to leading man — has been an emotional one. The star of The Big Sick talks to scott harper about vulnerability, racism, and how America is still in thrall to its “sexy, seductive” story.
The RAKE of the YEAR • Leadership is not just about making decisions, it is about inspiring others. It is no coincidence, then, that we are proud to honour King Charles III at the end of a momentous year.
CIRCUIT BREAKER • Racer, playboy, world champion, father: no one can say Jenson Button hasn’t made the most of his time on Earth. Here, he reveals what advice he’d give his 20-year-old self.
fashion • THE DON; DATE NIGHT.
DON BY NAME… • Did anyone else notice how pictures of high-society revelry seemed to disappear when Slim Aarons retired? We feared that Bacchanalian frivolity died out in turn. Well, thanks to Dylan Don, the eminent photographer and a rakish figure in his own right, the...