Duties of a Valet
On the duties of a valet, according to An Encyclopædia of Domestic Economy
As his master goes out, the valet hands him his gloves and hat, opens the door for him, and receives his orders for the rest of the day.
He puts his master’s dressing-room in order, cleaning combs and brushes, folding clothes and putting them in drawers.
If his master has no clothes sense, the valet will select suitable clothes, making sure they are clean, particularly the collars, and maintained in good repair.
He consults with the tailor, perfumer, and linen-draper.
The valet stands ready to help his master dress for dinner or any other occasion.
In case of wet weather, when his master has returned from riding, the valet lays out a change of dry linen and clothing, and is ready to assist his master out of the damp clothing.
He helps his master prepare for journeys, packing enough linen and other clothing for the trip. At the Inns, he takes charge of his master’s comfort as he would at home, and has everything ready to assist his master in dressing and undressing.
Hats are kept well brushed on the outside with a soft brush, and wiped inside with a clean handerchief.
Clothes placed in a wardrobe are covered with brown holland or linen wrappers to secure them from dust.
He places boots and shoes cleaned by the under footman in the dressing room.
Slippers are aired by the fire.
Before he hangs damp clothing by the fire, he rubs the cloth with a sponge until the smoothness of the nap is restored. If the clothes are allowed to dry before brushing, then later brushing might not remove the roughness.
(via Jane Austen’s World)

Duties of a Valet

On the duties of a valet, according to An Encyclopædia of Domestic Economy

  • As his master goes out, the valet hands him his gloves and hat, opens the door for him, and receives his orders for the rest of the day.
  • He puts his master’s dressing-room in order, cleaning combs and brushes, folding clothes and putting them in drawers.
  • If his master has no clothes sense, the valet will select suitable clothes, making sure they are clean, particularly the collars, and maintained in good repair.
  • He consults with the tailor, perfumer, and linen-draper.
  • The valet stands ready to help his master dress for dinner or any other occasion.
  • In case of wet weather, when his master has returned from riding, the valet lays out a change of dry linen and clothing, and is ready to assist his master out of the damp clothing.
  • He helps his master prepare for journeys, packing enough linen and other clothing for the trip. At the Inns, he takes charge of his master’s comfort as he would at home, and has everything ready to assist his master in dressing and undressing.
  • Hats are kept well brushed on the outside with a soft brush, and wiped inside with a clean handerchief.
  • Clothes placed in a wardrobe are covered with brown holland or linen wrappers to secure them from dust.
  • He places boots and shoes cleaned by the under footman in the dressing room.
  • Slippers are aired by the fire.
  • Before he hangs damp clothing by the fire, he rubs the cloth with a sponge until the smoothness of the nap is restored. If the clothes are allowed to dry before brushing, then later brushing might not remove the roughness.

(via Jane Austen’s World)

I was reminded today by a mention in Valet of What Price Glory, a really remarkable military surplus and reproduction shop that caters to militaria nerds.  I first learned of it through one of my favorite blogs, Hollister Hovey, when she put together a great collection of items from the site a few months ago.

I started browsing the site and was inspired to make a little collection of my own.  You can see it online, from the Submarine Sweater to the amazing rain cape.  Do some browsing of your own, and you’ll find some remarkable stuff at very reasonable prices.  Remember that the proportions of military gear tend to be generous relative to current fashion, so things may need a nip and tuck to be au courant, but this is tough stuff to find at any price, much less at prices so affordable.

Valet picks their top 10 casual looks from the first four seasons of Mad Men.
Valet looks at some moccasins, starting with the LL Bean Blucher Moc.
Our fam Roxana from Nerd Boyfriend breaks down what she likes in a man.  (Don’t get any ideas, gentlemen - she’s taken.)

Our fam Roxana from Nerd Boyfriend breaks down what she likes in a man.  (Don’t get any ideas, gentlemen - she’s taken.)

Feiyue shoes are the people’s sneaker of China.  They were originally designed for use in martial arts, particularly Wushu, the swirling exhibition sport whose biggest star is Jet Li.  They’re made out of cardboard and bailing twine (I’m guessing, based on their price) and they have super grippy soles.
Some sweet things about these sneakers, a pair of which I bought and wore extensively this summer:
When you wear them you feel like you can do awesome kicks.
They are pretty cool looking.
They feel great without socks.
They cost $14.99.
According to Valet, someone’s bought the US rights to the brand and is releasing them in various styles with “Warrior,” which apparently is the English translation of Feiyu, on the side.  From the pictures, I only like the one which you can get for $14.99 from the martial arts store, anyway.

Feiyue shoes are the people’s sneaker of China.  They were originally designed for use in martial arts, particularly Wushu, the swirling exhibition sport whose biggest star is Jet Li.  They’re made out of cardboard and bailing twine (I’m guessing, based on their price) and they have super grippy soles.

Some sweet things about these sneakers, a pair of which I bought and wore extensively this summer:

  1. When you wear them you feel like you can do awesome kicks.
  2. They are pretty cool looking.
  3. They feel great without socks.
  4. They cost $14.99.

According to Valet, someone’s bought the US rights to the brand and is releasing them in various styles with “Warrior,” which apparently is the English translation of Feiyu, on the side.  From the pictures, I only like the one which you can get for $14.99 from the martial arts store, anyway.