Monopolising on our penchant for a right royal chinwag, this week, we’ve roped-in chap rapper Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer to talk office, outerwear and his upcoming stint at Vintage Nation…
Mr B, as i’m sure you’re aware, we’re practically at the Jubilee weekend. If you were monarch, what would you decree?
“Well, I would have to insist on free tweed for all! In fact, make that compulsory tweed, alongside compulsory curtseying for ladies and the dothing of one’s cap for gents. Oh, and Penny Farthings all round!”
Like the new ‘Borris bike?’
Now in addition to your lyrics, many of us envy you for your outfits. But tell me, how does Mr B do ‘causal?’
“Well of course it depends on your surroundings – I have my day suits for the city, perhaps a Fair Isle jumper and loose-fitting trousers for the country – it totally depends on the climate you see!”
So not a pair of grey joggers in sight?
“Well to say i haven’t worn a T-shirt in 8 years, it’s highly unlikely!”
Now we know that assimilation of tweed into everyday activities [such as London’s ‘Tweed Run’] have really taken off. Any other activities you’d like to see Tweed-ed up?
“Well of course there is the Chap Olympiad, which i am a great patron of! Actually, I am writing the theme song for this year’s games!”
Are we thinking crescendos and pomp or something more minimal?
“It’s definitely patriotic – anthemic is the word!”
We are thrilled to be having you at our Brighton one dayer, Vintage Nation. Tell me, anything up your sleeve for the events?
“As well as playing the hits, i’ll be showing off my new album, released imminently [shameless plug] and generally having a good time! Brighton is my home so it’s always nice to be back!”
And finally, we see that you’re a big supporter of giving “three-piece a chance.” What do you say to all those watching at the events in 80s glitter or 90s grunge that have probably never even seen a suit?
“You know, it’s all about effort and making yourself look good. As well as dandy, my roots are urban [being chap-hop!] and so I too am partial to 80s New York, trainers, hi-tops – they are like the Oxford brogues of the urban world! As long as you look good, that’s all that matters!”