Valets have a long history, dating back to as early as the 15th Century, although only the royalty and the very rich could afford to have one. Often known as a gentleman’s gentleman, one of the many functions they performed is to maintain their master’s clothing. Such valets are rare today even among the rich, but ordinary mortals can have a valet stand instead to keep their clothes organized.
The valet stand is a suit organizer that typically has a hanger for your coat, a rod for your pants, drawers for your valuables, and racks for your shoes. It is great for getting your clothes for the following morning ready on the night before. You won’t have to be rummaging through your closet looking for the right clothes or shoes as you hurry to leave for work. And if it needs ironing or brushing, you still have plenty of time to do so. With the stand, you will never be late for an important breakfast meeting.
Jackets and coats are usually worn a few times before they hit the hamper. And if you plan on using them again on the next day, use the valet stand for hanging them instead taking them back to the closet.
Often, the stand includes drawers or covered tills. Coming home from work, you can use these to keep your wallet or billfold, cell phone, watch, cuff links, or other jewelry. Storing them there keeps them organized and easily to locate when you need them.
Valet stands are usually made of wood, though there are a few that are made of plastic. Some models incorporate a small mirror which you can use to check if your tie is properly knotted. Still others are actually chairs with hangers attached to their backrests and a drawer mounted below the seat.
With a valet stand, who needs to hire a personal manservant to take care of your clothes?