Pleasure May 2022
How Monaco Became A Glamour Powerhouse
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The Riviera microstate’s motto translates as “With God’s Help”. But it was a triumvirate of mortals who turned post-war Monaco into a playboy’s playground.
Style March 2022
The history of the Trench Coat
Long before the conflict which gave them their name – and even longer before the likes of Bogart and Caine made them cool – trench coats were being invented in increments by the fabric pioneers of centuries gone by.
Style March 2022
Cary Grant's Guide to the Perfect Classic Suit
One of the best-dressed men ever reveals his sartorial philosophy.
Style November 2021
The 21 Things You Need To Know About Black Tie
The Rake reveals the formalwear intelligence you need to absorb to ensure black-tie success.
Style April 2018
This Week We're Channelling: John Robie in To Catch a Thief
Cary Grant’s character in To Catch a Thief gives ample inspiration for summer dressing, as well as being a lesson in accessible style.
Style January 2018
This Week We're Channelling: Roger Thornhill of North by Northwest
Who hasn’t lusted after Roger Thornhill’s tailoring in North by Northwest? This week, we look to the finest-dressed fugitive in cinema history.
Style June 2017
What Does Classic Style Mean Today?
Alexander Kraft, the CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty France-Monaco, divulges on what classic style means to him.
Code June 2017
A History of the French Riviera
The French Riviera was once saturated with humble fishing ports rather than luxury yachts. Just how did this picturesque stretch of land become an infamous luxury destination?
Style May 2017
How The Breton Shirt Earned Its Stripes
The Rake shines a light on a garment that has transcended time, sailed through changes in fashion, has adorned some of the most rakish icons of the past, and continues to influence luxury menswear today.
Icons September 2016
The Director's Cut: Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock’s personality and characteristic traits are subject to intense debate. The Rake explores what made the complex but immensely talented director’s character so intriguing.
Icons August 2016
Golden Ageing: Cary Grant
With the athleticism of a man half his age and the ability to play one too, we explore how Cary Grant mastered the art of ageing well.
Code July 2016
IN SICKNESS AND IN WEALTH: THE GOLD DIGGER
Heather Mills, Anna Nicole Smith and Ivana Trump are just three women who are tarred with the pejorative epithet ‘gold digger’. But, as James Medd finds, applying this cynical term…