Saturday, November 10, 2007

Care for Your Clothes with a Valet Stand

men's valet

The valet stand is a relic of times past; as Dian Furniture explains, valet stands were "popular during the Victorian period, when gentlemen were dressed by their valet. The valet would prepare the next day's clothing for his gentleman, by setting them out on this stand."

But it can still help with the morning rush to set out your clothes the night before, and the valet stand will keep your clothes looking nicer - with minimal effort - than throwing them over the unused treadmill.

One place to look for a clothes valet would be Stacks & Stacks, which has a nice selection, including the one shown above. Update on Nov. 20, 2010: it seems that Stacks & Stacks no longer has this exact valet stand, although it does have many others.

cedar suit valet

Preferred Living has a simple cedar valet. Update on Feb. 27, 2010: The company no longer has that specific valet, but it does sell others.

clothes valet

And in the U.K., The Cotswold Company has another simple valet. Update on May 27, 2011: This is another product which has gone missing.

Amish men's valet

This Amish-made men's valet is available in oak or cherry. [via Margaret Schaut]

Gentleman's valet

Gumps has a lovely valet stand made from durian wood. Update on Feb. 27, 2010: Gumps no longer has this valet, but the store does have another one.

valet chair

Horchow has this valet chair; the seat lifts to provide storage.

valet stand

And if price isn't a concern, there's the stunning valet stand by furniture designer Mark Wilkinson.

custom made clothes valet

And woodworkers like Lindsay Staniforth would be glad to make a custom product for you. Update on Feb. 27, 2010: Lindsay has decided to focus on her jewelry work, leaving furniture commissions behind.

valet chair

Finally, if you live in Germany or Switzerland you may be able to buy this valet chair by designer Hans Wegner. There's also one for sale in New York City. Again, the seat lifts to provide storage.

Money-saving approach: You could always look on eBay or craigslist, where valet stands often show up.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget if you live in DENMARK - since Wegner was a DANISH designer !
Gretings from Copenhagen.

Jeri Dansky said...

How nice to hear from Copenhagen!

I know Wegner was Danish, and the company producing his designs, PP Møbler, is also Danish. However, I missed the page that shows the chair. Thank you for commenting, so I could make up for that omission.

And I just found another place that carries the piece: It's also the first place I found that listed a price - and it has some great pictures, too.