Oak and walnut hatstand valets in Pearly King of Enfield suit.

The Pearly Kings of Valets

The Pearly Kings of Valets

Before I reluctantly return the Pearly King suit borrowed for Maison&Objet, I just had to do more photos of it.

The king of valets

Pearly King of Enfield 3 piece suit on the oak and walnut hatstand valets

The suit is a 130 year old Harris tweed costermonger’s suit, made into a full smoother suit.

Oak hatstand valet with Pearly King jacket and cap.

Oak hatstand valet with Pearly King jacket and cap.

I feel a bit like I’m stretching the hospitality of Phil Oakley of Oakley Illuminations and the Pearly Kings and Queens by showing the suit again but when I showed the valets wearing it at Maison&Objet recently, I could have sold it within five minutes of the doors opening.

The Pearly Kings of Valets

Light bronze skull on oak hatstand valet, detail of accessory tray.

There were four hundred Pearly Kings and Queens in 1930. Now there’s only five original families left who dress up to raise money for the poor, sick and needy.

The Pearly Kings of Valets

Pearly King of Enfield on oak hatstand valet.

Pearly suits are traditionally made by the Pearly Kings themselves using the best pearly buttons. Said to keep evil out and good in, the buttons have always come from Japan.

Oak hatstand valet as Pearly King of Enfield.

Oak hatstand valet as Pearly King of Enfield.

Now I think I really have to send that thank you to the Pearly Kings and Queens I spoke to last year about borrowing a suit before I was lucky enough to run into Phil and his suit.

Sam Brown