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Attention seeking Hatstand Valets

Attention seeking valets

The golden boy of valet stands, the Hatstand Valet in oak.

The golden boy of valet stands, the Hatstand Valet in oak.

When I first introduced the Hatstand Valets I wondered what kind of homes they would find their way into. They make a statement in any bedroom or dressing room, especially the skull option.

Not long after the skull started to sell I noticed he was becoming a regular choice for men who ordered valets for their office, lawyers and businessmen who maybe have him as a vailed threat to potential adversaries.

Red velvet hat rest on an oak clothes valet.

Red velvet hat rest on an oak hatstand valet.

The velvet flock hat rest can be a little more gentle. Whether blending in with its surroundings or going for a complete contrast. On the website it’s listed black as standard but a there’s a selection of colours available as a bespoke detail.

Take on your world with the Hatstand Valet

Take on your world with the Hatstand Valet

Then there’s the globe option with a beautiful, handmade globe made by traditional British globe makers Lander and May. Something from the study in your dressing room.

If you’re looking for a valet that adds a bit of interest in your room, have a look at the hatstand valets. There’s plenty to choose from and the bespoke service if you have something different in mind.

 

Sam Brown

Valet no.9 even better with new hanger detail and tie and belt bars.

Valet no.9 just got even better!

  • Never mind the new iPhone, Valet no.9 has just had its first update. No.9 was already a great valet, valet no.9.1 looks and feels even better.

The prefect valet where space is short

The perfect valet where space is short

It’s the ideal valet for small spaces like those compact modern city apartments where you find you still store things at Mum and Dad’s maintaining a capsule wardrobe at home.

The new hanger detail and tie and belt bars.

The new hanger detail and tie and belt bars.

 The changes are to the accessory tray and the top of the hanger. The hanger now has a wooden ball at the top which sits neatly in the small cup on the accessory tray leaving room for the new tie and belt bars which were absent when the valet was first introduced.
Perfect in modern or traditional rooms

Perfect in modern or traditional rooms

 Valet no.9 has a great modern feel to it, there’s nothing “grandfather” about this valet. The simple shape works great with modern or mid-century classics and it also looks as good surrounded by polished antiques or your wabi-sabi finds. Although it’s less expensive than the other valets, the difference comes purely from the design. it’s made to the same exacting high standards as the rest of the range.
No.9 a modern gentleman's gentleman

No.9 a modern gentleman’s gentleman

So if you’re thinking of buying your first valet, no.9 could last you a lifetime or at least until your son runs off with it!

Sam Brown

The calming effect of valet ownership

Why you need a valet no. 2.

Enjoy a calm, organised start to your day

If you find yourself trying to get a start on tomorrow by hanging your clothes over a chair or from the door of your wardrobe then you’ve probably reached the point in your life where you should think about investing in a valet.

Shirt, tie everything perfect and ready to go

Shirt, tie everything perfect and ready to go

And it is an investment, think of those panicked mornings when the shirt you want is in the laundry, the tie has a souvenir from dinner and you haven’t the time to think of a good alternative. This is where you could use a little help from yourself last night, when that minute of planning and setting things out could have meant breakfast calmly sat at the table instead of running for the train.

Now that you might be seeing the light, do you want to ferret around car boot sales or eBay looking for something that’s biggest plus is that your grandfather may have had one. Modern taste is so varied whether it’s modern or retro, everybody has their own style and a valet has to be part of that and not just be the thing in the corner no one else likes the look of.

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Hatstand valet in walnut

Juglans nigra

Or as it’s more commonly known, walnut. The warm tones of walnut have proven to be the most popular of all the timbers I use to make the gentleman’s valets.

The standard valet in walnut

The standard valet in walnut

I usually finish the valets with oil because it doesn’t obscure the close grain. It does however show the rich browns in the walnut beautifully, darker and sometimes a slightly cold colour at first, soon becoming warmer just from exposure to daylight.

The first image shows the Hatstand Valet in walnut with a dark bronze skull hat rest.

Sam Brown

Red Hatstand Valet

The daily social whirl of valet making.

 

A few months ago I decided to rethink my social media efforts. I’m now posting one photo a day on instagram etc, most days of the week. With only my cut out valet images, self taught photoshop and the internet I’m trying to get across a mixture of style and quality. Continue reading

Top details on a gentleman's retainer.

Bespoke details….. new detail on a gentleman’s retainer.

Whenever I’m thinking about new valets or changes to the existing ones, I try to imagine details to suit as many people as possible. So it always surprises me when a bespoke client comes up with a request I just couldn’t see coming. Continue reading

Detail of the jacket hanger and accessory bowl.

Bespoke details… colour matching.

Over the last few months we’ve made a few bespoke Gentleman’s Retainer valets which particularly featured colour matching. Because the retainer doesn’t involve any moving parts like the valets which are on the wooden screw thread, it can be made of a wider range of timbers and finishes. Continue reading