A gentleman's valet is a personal piece of furniture in much the same way that a dressing table is. More than likely than not it will only ever be used by one person.
With the exception of a few outsourced details, I make these valets in my workshop in London. They're made using selected hardwoods finished with lacquers and oils. I'm continually looking for new ways to improve my designs both aestheticly and functionally, trying out new details that might give valets a wider appeal.
I started the Gentleman's Valet Company because of how much I enjoyed making my first commissioned valet. I wanted to develope my own ideas carrying on the high standards and attention to detail that came from my time designing and making bespoke furniture.
I now make a small but growing range of valets. If you're looking for something a little different you can always go for a part or completely bespoke valet.
Gentleman's Valet Company
Unit 3 Fountayne House
t: +44 (0)7778 615 980
e: [email protected]
I offer various degrees of bespoke service. Some minor bespoke alterations can be make the valet perfect for you without greatly affecting the price.
The Gentleman's Retainer for example, is always made to suit the height of the customer because one size won't fit all. The standard hanger width of the men’s valets is 42.5 centimetres, the width of most good suit hangers. This can be increased to 50 centimetres or reduced to 38 if you let me know at the time of ordering. This can often affect the delivery time.
Bespoke timbers and finishes. The Standard valet and all the other valets which have the wooden screw thread are only available in oak and walnut. The choice of bespoke finish for these valets is limited because of the screw thread. Valets on fixed stands like the Retainer or Valet no.9 are far more flexible. These valets can be made in other timbers as a bespoke detail, priced on request. There are various finishes that can be done but they do add to the finishing time and therefore will affect the price.
Full Bespoke Service. This begins with a discussion with the client to try to put together a picture of their ideal valet. I can't estimate what a bespoke valet will cost until I have a good idea of what will be involved but where possible every effort will be made to use existing details such as jacket hangers to keep the final cost down. If you are interested in having a bespoke valet commissioned it would be helpful to see photographs of the room it will be going in, finish samples and the users details such as height, jacket hanger width and shoe size and any other requirements they have.