Leader-Chapist Gustav Temple gives some advice without taking the pipe out of his mouth

Just follow the pipe of Gustav Temple and prepare for the good behaviour revolution of Chaps and Chapettes. Temple is editor of much loved quarterly fanzine The Chap. Here you learn everything that a gentleman should know in grim times like these. De:Bug writer Timo Feldhaus interviewed Gustav Temple for De:Bug issue 124, Juli 2008. Here’s the original english version. Take your monocle and enjoy:

Debug: Are you wearing Brogues or Oxfords today?

Gustav Temple: Neither. I am wearing a half-brogue, which I think is appropriate for a Tuesday morning on the outskirts of the city.

Debug: What means “old” for you?

Gustav Temple: Old is good. Young is usually horrible. Old is the past, crackly and faded and full of mystery. New is shiny and plastic and usually breaks after a few months. Old last forever.;

Debug: How can a value like Etiquette be anything but nostalgic? Or, is this kind of nostalgia the only way to a better world?

Gustav Temple: How can a value like saying Hello be anything but nostalgic? How can keeping a 12-hour day be nostalgic? Surely we should keep the things that make society function. Being polite is one of them.

Debug: What means fashion to you? It doesn’t seem as if you were chasing the newest trends from Paris? In the chappist world, being old-fashioned is always a good sign, or is it not? Are there any designers you are holding in high regard?

Gustav Temple: Fashion means nothing to me. Style and elegance mean everything. Sometimes what I wear comes into fashion, then I am fashionable (like now). Then it goes out of fashion but I remain the same. I think constancy is more important than fashion. Designers I hold in high regards? Anderson & Sheppard, Savile Row. Old Town, Holt, Norfolk. Church’s Shoes.

Debug: Fashion is getting more formal and “adult” these days. I wonder, is conservative the new progressive? Where does this longing come from?

Gustav Temple: I think there is an element of truth in that. But perhaps conservative is the new progressive because people are more aspirational than ever? It is now cool to be a country squire – something that was utterly uncool not long ago. The longing comes from a desire to be the top dog (which everyone seems to have nowadays) combined with a nostalgia for a Britishness that is rapidly vanishing.

Debug: Why is it better to look back than look forward? Is there a special time-period, you would prefer living in?

Gustav Temple: No, just anything before today. Tomorrow looks pretty grim to me.

Debug: In Germany a style-journalist wrote the book “Manners 2.0. Style in the Digital Age” Would you be interested in “modern” things like that?

Gustav Temple: Any book on manners would always be of interest. I’m sure the book would look horrible, but at least the message is right.

Debug: What role are you allowing for the liberated woman in a chappist world?

Gustav Temple: The same role she has in the non-chappist world, ie whatever she wants to do or be (as long as she wears gloves and a hat).

Debug: With the beginning of youth-culture the fashion began be gear towards the young as consumers. Is there any fashionable youth-movement you like to look at?

Gustav Temple: Mods. They were well dressed and prepared to defend their choice of dress with violence.

Debug: What do you think of the way that young ladies and gentleman dress today?

Gustav Temple: Appalling, except of course for the few that choose to dress like Chaps and Chapettes.

Debug: What rolemodel would you recommend a teenager these days?

Gustav Temple: Stephen Fry. Terry-Thomas. Bertie Wooster.

Debug: Is it on purpose that your magazine looks so terrificly bad, is it intended as a sort of counter-program to the aesthetics of glossy, high-maintenance magazines?

Gustav Temple: I didn’t think it looked so bad, but thank you for pointing it out. I personally find it almost impossible to read over-designed magazines such as GQ.

Debug: The Chappists propose “a revolution based not on violence or bomb-throwing, but on dressing and behaving very nicely indeed.” How can we do that? Have you got an advice for our readers?

Gustav Temple: Yes: take a stand against vulgarity! Do not accept weak tea in cardboard cups from Starbucks, but demand a proper cup of tea in a teapot served in a cup and saucer with a cucumber sandwich. Raise your hat to ladies as they pass by on the street – you will be surprised at their reaction. Always be courteous and civil, even when faced with menace. If some young thug spits at you, adjust your monocle, straighten your tie and say, in crisp, clear tones: “Sir, you appear to have dropped your consonants.”

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