Rake Magazine Review

I must start this post by publicly stating my love of magazines – not the online versions, but the heavy, glossy paper ones.
I enjoy wading through the endless adverts, reading the editorials and then the quick page flick through to obtain a high level overview of the excitement to come. Amongst others I consume Vanity Fair, Tatler, The Chap, Country Life, Cigar Aficionado, GQ, and occasionally Esquire.
I used to really enjoy GQ (I even remember purchasing the first ever UK edition in the 1980s), with the monthly musing of Tony Parsons in particular a personal favourite, but had increasingly felt somewhat disconnected from the main articles and general tone. What to replace GQ with though became quite the search!
By chance I came across The Rake. I quickly became an admirer – and then a subscriber.
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It has a balance of the classically English approach to style and the more relaxed and adventurous Italian edge. The writing is first class, and the articles wide ranging and engaging. The Rake considers itself to be ‘The modern voice of classic elegance’. This perfectly captures the demographic I find myself increasingly occupying.
One editorial captures for me a certain philosophy we could aspire to be guided by. Here are some quotes from it:
‘I read something by a French author that I found very poignant. He wrote ‘ What the son wants to forget, the grandson wants to remember…….’
‘Each fashion week increasingly fills me with ennui, as I see paraded down runways one ensemble after another that I know are completely irrelevant to me and to the demographic this magazine represents…….’
‘…..about how this relates to the renaissance of sartorial style, and how the new generation has eschewed brand-oriented dressing in favour of individual, tailor-made style, it has also come to mean the widespread return of substance and manners…..is a humility, elegance, warmth and authenticity that is the language of luxury’s future….’
Just three reasons why, if you are reading this blog, I suggest you should also follow The Rake!

How did I land up in a ‘hipster’ magazine?

Last summer my blogging colleague the Grey Fox contacted me to say a talented local photographer in London called Chris Aadland was looking for subjects for an upcoming magazine article called “Men and their dogs’ – would I be interested in being photographed? This would be a first – I have never been professionally photographed.

I made an appointment to meet with Chris at the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, across the road from my Club in Piccadilly. It did not take long to learn how I must “keep my chin up”, smile (endlessly), look relaxed (whilst being concerned about how I appeared!). However, my aged dog Oscar did not share in this new found skill set – he simply refused to look at the camera. Easily distracted by everything (Oscar is recovering from a stroke, has no teeth left following a gum infection, is 15 years old and deaf!), the longer the shoot took the more tourists kept stopping to take photographs and added to the distractions for Oscar. We tried standing, crouching, even me holding Oscar like a baby in my arms. Then, after countless images (and the heat of June getting to me) Oscar finally turned to look at the camera and voila – an image to keep!

 

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The article appeared in MITT (Men in this town) in November, and I proudly traveled across London to Islington to the only shop in London who stock the magazine (the magazine is based in Australia) to purchase my copy. We (Oscar and I) are very proud to have been selected from the many men Chris photographed to appear in the final article.

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Whilst showing my staff in the office the magazine they commented on it being very ‘hipster’ in its style – I had completely missed that in my enthusiasm to read the single article! Anyway, it has raised my credibility with my younger staff – a 56 year old man in a hipster magazine. Whatever next!