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Gentleman’s Valet Company on Savile Row!

Gentleman’s Valet Company on Savile Row!!

Last week I took a valet down to Richard James of Savile Row. In my opinion the perfect place to show the valets. One of the “New Establishment” tailors on the Row with their bold, progressive take on the timeless and traditional world of tailoring.
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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 with the wooden screw thread. It can be available in a wider range of timbers and finishes. Continue reading

Bespoke details… Etching

Bespoke details… Etching
This is one of my a recent bespoke commissions. The client wanted the valet colour matched to other furniture in their bedroom. As it was an anniversary gift she also wanted her husband’s initials and their wedding anniversary etched. Etching is done by laser so there’s a good range of fonts available. You might even be able to add that tattoo you were afraid to have yourself. Continue reading

Leslie Howard portrait by Reginald G. Eves

Leslie Howard

 Portrait of Leslie Howard (1893-1943) by Reginald G.Eves

Leslie Howard was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer.

He began acting on the London stage in 1917 but his greatest theatrical success was in the United States on Broadway, in plays such as Aren’t We All? (1923), Outward Bound (1924), and The Green Hat (1925). He became an undisputed Broadway star in Her Cardboard Lover (1927). After his success as time traveller Peter Standish in Berkeley Square (1929), he launched his Hollywood career by repeating the Standish role in the 1933 film version of the play. The stage, however, continued to be an important part of his career. He frequently juggled acting, producing, and directing duties in the Broadway productions in which he starred. Continue reading

Bespoke clothes rail

Bespoke clothes rail.

I made this oak clothes hanging rail last year to replace an old metal one. An unusual commission but a lot of my work comes from people trying to upgrade something in their homes. Something that does the job but now they want a more attractive version.

The ubiquitous metal hanging rail does its job well so there had to be some improvements. This one has the rail of course, but also a shelf on the bottom for shoes and bags, an umbrella stand, a hook for coats or bags on the opposite end and a top shelf with bowls for smaller items like keys, change and phones. Continue reading