The Chap Olympiad 2018

Photo Credit: Soulstealer Photography - The Chap Olympiad 2018

Descending on The Chap Olympiad

19/07/2018 09:00

Last weekend Peter Christian descended on The Chap Olympiad. This is the thirteenth year of the event and based on attendance, it's clearly going from strength to strength. Held amidst the dappled sunlight of Bedford Square, London. Proceedings began with the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic Pipe and once everyone was sufficiently lubricated with Boodles Gin, it was on to the games. Whilst the Umbrella Jousting, Tea Pursuit and Riding Crop Rumpus demanded a degree of exertion on the part of the competitors, we were content to watch the more languid Peter Christian sponsored Bowler Hat Tossing event.

Amidst the games and general japery, we turned our discerning eye to the attire on display and selected our top 5 best-dressed chaps to ask them three questions.

Peter Christian - Linen Suit at The Chap Olympiad

Gudjon Thor

Which part of your outfit do you like the most and why?
My linen suit. I had it made in Izmir and it fits me perfectly, especially on the bike.
What do you enjoy most about The Chap Olympiad?
It’s just such a joyous event, I like seeing people having fun and being carefree.
What aspect of being a chap do you think the modern world could learn from?
I think the aspect of being a Chap I like most is that it celebrates masculinity but without the aggression that’s always there with other masculine pursuits like sport.

Peter Christian - Cordings Waistcoat at The Chap Olympiad

Gerry & Karen Donohue

Which part of your outfit do you like the most and why?
Well, it’s got to be my waistcoat. I bought it recently from Cordings. My fob watch is a close second though, it was made in 1918 and I got it from Portobello Market.
What do you enjoy most about The Chap Olympiad?
It's a bit of fun, isn’t it? It’s nice to do and there’s nothing really like it.
What aspect of being a chap do you think the modern world could learn from?
I think the world could learn a thing or two about good manners from most chaps!

Peter Christian - Chester Cordite Suit at The Chap Olympiad

Peter

Which part of your outfit do you like the most and why?
My Chester Cordite suit, I managed to get the last of this fabric and had it made up into this 1920s style.
What do you enjoy most about The Chap Olympiad?
There’s no other event where you’ll see people dressed beautifully and being so well mannered, that's why I come every year.
What aspect of being a chap do you think the modern world could learn from?
A sense of style.

Peter Christian - Seersucker Jacket at The Chap Olympiad

Jason Dunn

Which part of your outfit do you like the most and why?
Clearly my seersucker jacket.
What do you enjoy most about The Chap Olympiad?
I’m a fan of any event that doesn’t reward athletic prowess.
What aspect of being a chap do you think the modern world could learn from?
A chap knows that he should enhance rather than detract from his surroundings; a habit I fear is lost too much of the modern world.

Peter Christian - Lime Green Trousers at The Chap Olympiad

A friend of mine came back from Jordan where he’d lived for 20 years. I took him to Peter Christian. He bought a bright striped shirt which he wore all the time and a few years later when he died, he’d stipulated that he wanted to be cremated in it

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Tony Cox

Which part of your outfit do you like the most and why?
Probably my lime green trousers.
What do you enjoy most about The Chap Olympiad?
I like to see people dressed up and defying the modern trend for jeans, t-shirts, and trainers. It’s nice to see a bit of colour too.
What aspect of being a chap do you think the modern world could learn from?
I think a bit of flamboyance, the world has got richer and better but potentially more boring!

 

Each of our top 5 chaps was awarded with a Peter Christian tote bag and a firm handshake.