Bespoke details… Full gloss mahogany Gentleman’s Retainer.

I was recently commissioned to make a bespoke Gentleman’s Retainer in mahogany with a full gloss lacquered finish.

Detail of the top section of the valet.

Detail of the top section of the valet.

 

This shot shows the second bespoke detail in the valet, a combined trouser bar and clip hanger. Not something I ever imagined doing until now but in the same week another client asked about the same thing. So maybe there’s a new option coming soon…

 

Detail showing the trouser/skirt clip hanger in use.

Detail showing the trouser/skirt clip hanger in use.

 

Detail showing the trouser bar in use.

Detail showing the trouser bar in use.

 

Detail of the shoe stand in the base.

Detail of the shoe stand in the base.

 

Detail of the jacket hanger and accessory bowl.

Detail of the jacket hanger and accessory bowl.

I tend to finish the valets with an oil finish to keep the natural grain of the wood showing with just a slight satin sheen. It was hard not to love the full gloss finish on mahogany, the valets are a luxury item and this combination looks and feels like it.

The Gentleman’s Retainer can be made in most timbers as a bespoke detail. The same goes for the finish, both details are price upon application. If a client has gone to the trouble of having their room furnished with their choice of timber and finish I wouldn’t want to ruin the look with a clashing valet.

Sam Brown