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 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 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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
The more simple an object is, the more styles it can work in. Valet no.9 works well in rustic rooms or polished modern backgrounds and has been getting a great reaction since I recently showed it here for the first time. Continue reading →
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 →
For the most part, the making of the valets would be the same now as it would have been in the 1950’s. The only concession is the initial shaping by a CNC machine of some of the jacket hangers. Continue reading →
The restoration of the temple is constantly in progress. Everything is done on site by local men and women working away in conditions probably not much different to how the temple was originally built. Continue reading →