More from: Christian Barker
Style September 2021
The Flannel Manual
This tactile winter cloth was once a byword for conformity. But in fact, flannel offers countless avenues for self-expression.
Style September 2021
The Men Who Wore Double-Breasted Tailoring Best
These ‘DB’ heroes show that men of all shapes and sizes – and stylistic bents – can sport double-breasted suiting successfully.
Watches June 2021
‘VIRTUAL REALITY IS BEING REALISED — EVERYTHING WE WERE PROMISED... BUT IT WON’T MATCH THE REAL THING’
The Rake talks to Audemars Piguet guru Michael Friedman about his philosophy of time and why watches and clocks deserve to be recognised alongside the greatest works of art.
Style January 2021
The Tie Is Dead, Long Live The Tie
Reports of the tie’s death have been greatly exaggerated. While sales have dwindled, properly deployed neckwear remains one of the most potent means of self-expression at a man’s disposal.
Style August 2020
Acapulco Gold: Mexico's Halcyon Days
As documented by Slim Aarons, once upon a time this Mexican seaside resort town was the gold-standard vacation destination.
Style July 2020
Stefano Bemer for The Rake: The Ready To Wear Collection
As The Rake launches a capsule collection of Stefano Bemer shoes, Christian Barker explores the craftsmanship and expertise behind the brand.
News May 2020
OF THOSE TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN
Shrugging off their own profound challenges, many luxury businesses, brands and artisans have come to the aid of those in need during the Covid-19 crisis.
Craft May 2020
Godefroy de Virieu: Petit h
Godefroy de Virieu, the Artistic Director of petit h, Hermès’ luxury upcycling arm, explains how the atelier balances creativity, sustainability, tradition and a sense of humour.
Icons April 2020
Live Like a King: Clark Gable
Originally featured in issue 2 of The Rake, Christian Barker expertly delves into the golden era’s ‘King of Hollywood’, ever-rakish actor Clark Gable whose effortlessly balanced elegance and machismo got him far.
Style April 2020
Hat of Cain: Head to the Tropics
We may be unable to travel right now, but with a Panama from Hat of Cain, you can still explore an equatorial headspace.
Style March 2020
Why a good cotton sports coat may represent some of the best menswear money you’ve ever spent.
News March 2020
The Rake’s Guide to Working from Home
Writers are old hands at working from home. Here, one of our scribes provides tips on staying engaged and productive while in isolation.