Icons May 2020
Altitude Sickness: The Happy Valley Set
Originally featured in Issue 40 of The Rake, Nick Scott delves into the controversial lives (and deaths) of the Happy Valley set — a group of white, western expatriates who, between the 1920s and forties, turned a slice of Kenyan highlands into a hotbed of colonial debauchery.
Craft August 2017
The Hidden Genius of Norwegian Rain Coats
Hailing from the wettest city on Earth, Norwegian Rain produces beautifully tailored outerwear that hikes the phrase “rain proof” to the cirrostratus.
Craft July 2017
Principe di Eleganza: A Bastion of Neapolitan Tailoring
Neapolitan tailoring is no fait accompli: it’s a perpetual work in progress, thanks to the stylish mastery of companies such as the aptly named Principe di Eleganza.
Icons June 2017
Grey Pride: Sir Ian McKellen
Almost a decade and a half after Ian McKellen hung up Gandalf’s staff, the British actor has no plans to give up the craft that has made him a cultural icon.
Code March 2017
Contrarian: In Defense of Eating Meat
Between buffing up the knives and skewers in his blood-stained kitchen, one of our many pub table slappers extorts the sybaritic virtues of eating meat.
Icons October 2016
The Bootleg Brethren: Prohibition's Heroes
How the lesser-known ne’er-do-wells of The Prohibition wove, with their antics, some of the richest folklore in American history.
Speed June 2016
A Yacht on Wheels: The Bentley Mulsanne Part II
The 2017 iteration of Bentley’s flagship model – a veritable “yacht-on-wheels” – lives up to its bold billing, finds The Rake during a summer Alpine soiree.
Code May 2016
Peak Practise: The Question of Social Climbing
Professional impetus gave our man cause to scramble up the social ladder. So how did he handle the vertigo?
Icons April 2016
If The Rake could track down any piece of missing movie paraphernalia on the planet, and give it pride of place in our offices, it would surely be the statue…
Code April 2016
The Ricky Gervais movie, The Invention Of Lying, is set in a parallel universe that is utterly devoid of deceit. Banks accept customers’ word on what their balance is. Advertising…
Icons April 2016
Slim Keith: Socialite Siren
A mere chromosome difference between them and their male counterparts did nothing to prevent Slim Keith from, in the words of Maya Angelou, “seizing the world by its lapels” and bending…