Conceptualised in collaboration with celebrated sartorial designer David Newell of Newell Bespoke, Frankie Valet set out to re-imagine a historical piece of furniture for 21st century living whilst showcasing the craftsmanship and sublime quality of materials coming from Tree Couture’s London workshop and atelier.
Traditionally, the gentlemen’s valet was a sartorial essential in 19th century dressing rooms or bedrooms to hold the day’s clothing and accessories. Tree Couture’s valet contemporises this classic piece by adding functionality via a full-length mirror mounted on low-rise castors, which can be spun around to screen off the day’s attire.
Frankie is handcrafted in solid American black walnut with strong accents in prehistoric English bog oak (carbon dated to 3,300 BC), and complementary black suede. It features both a framed full-length mirror and face mirror whose angle is adjustable. In addition there is a hanging rail with a discreet dovetailed extending hook, hexagonal pegs, a shoe stand, and a leather-lined accessories drawer with poche-vide which is opened with a secret, concealed button incorporating a handmade wood-hinge and spring mechanism as used in fine Victorian treasure chests.
Frankie is finished with a highly protective hard-wax oil which brings out the tonal qualities of the walnut and gives a satin-smooth feel and lustre.
As with all Tree Couture’s limited edition collection pieces, Frankie is inlaid with a Tree Couture gold makers’ mark and a numbered edition disc.
- Both the full-length and face mirrors can be in silver mirror rather than bronze
- The leather for the drawer interior and poche-vide can be selected from a wide range of colours