There are many things from our past that one can look back on with a mixture of nostalgia and envy. One of these could be the way that in the old days, when a man was called a gentleman, he not only acted the part, he also looked it.
Instead of James Bond, think Phileas Fogg, sitting by the fireplace, smoking a pipe, in a dressing gown, contemplating nothing more than how to go around the world in 80 days to win a wager. Doesn’t that give you a feel of certain luxurious indolence? Well, you may not afford that type of decadence these days, but certainly some of yesteryear’s luxuries are still available.
Blast from the Past
It would be hard to get your Passepartout , so settle for the next best thing and get your own men’s valet. It may not be able to speak French, but a men’s valet will hold your clothes without complaint, and wrinkle free. And you can circle the globe in less than 8 days by calling a travel agency, so you don’t need him that much, anyway.
The best types of men’s valet are made from hardwood, with a smooth finish. Snagging your suit on your valet would just be so ironic. It can hold a complete outfit, your coat, matching pants, dress shirt, shoes and socks. It also has a small compartment for smaller items like the tie, tie pin, and cufflinks.
To complete the gentleman caller look, it would be nice to have a mechanical pocket watch with the chain dangling stylishly connected to your waist coat. A mechanical watch is the really old school, you have to wind it to work, on the brighter side, if an EMP machine is used in your vicinity, you’ll probably be the only one with a working time piece within miles. The best timepieces come from Switzerland, and they take pride in that fact. They also take great lengths to protect that trade name, and put a lot of effort in always being ahead of the game.
On the more practical side of the equation, a men’s valet is also a practical piece of furniture in your dressing room, your wife can hang the matching pieces of your clothes on it for you to make sure that what you’re wearing goes well together. The men’s valet can get pricey, but a good one will last you a lifetime, and you can hand them down to your heirs. These also make good gifts to make you and the recipient feel like John D. Rockafeller.
Small Price to Pay
Buying a men’s valet might seem frivolous, but you must allow yourself a little bit of pampering now and then. There is great wisdom in moderation, believe it or not. Getting something that will make you feel better that will cost nowhere near a shiny new sports car that it would take to get other men in a good mood is a good compromise any day.