About The Butler's Closet

The Butler's Closet Produces Museum Quality Conservation Level Protective Covers

THE BUTLER'S CLOSET Unique Products Preserve and Protect your Wardrobe, Furniture, and other Important Treasures

The idea to start this company came to me as I placed a special dress from Nina Ricci, Paris in my closet.

For years, as CEO of Parfums Nina Ricci, I traveled to Paris and acquired a small wardrobe of elegant dresses and suits from the ready-to-wear and couture collections. My goal was to keep them safe by using museum conservation techniques.

Knowing that chemicals from dry cleaning bags would harm these clothes, I began to search for archival, museum quality garment covers to protect my wardrobe from light, dust and damage from clothes moths in the closet.

No such covers were to be found. 

So, I decided to create a unique line of museum quality, archival wardrobe and furniture covers made from 100% cotton percale. These covers are completely free of chemicals, bleach and dyes and meet textile conservation standards.

As I developed ideas, I read extensively about the Edwardian era and the Stately Homes in the English countryside.

WILTON HOUSE, Salisbury, England

WILTON HOUSE, Salisbury England

 

During those halcyon days, Butlers and their staffs organized a life of magnificent luxury.

These experts were a hidden force managing the estates flawlessly, providing the most deluxe accommodations and service—caring for priceless collections of art and furniture, silver and porcelain.

Indeed, it was the Butler and Housekeeper who developed some of the very techniques that museum conservators use to maintain these Stately Homes and collections today.

In addition to researching English Butlers' techniques and traditions, I searched world wide to find the proper materials. I also enlisted the help of professional Textile Conservators to ensure the products perform in a way that is consistent with current conservation techniques.

If you read the materials in the Expert Advice Blog you will find guidance about protecting and preserving your wardrobe and fine furnishings. There is also a helpful list of valuable resources––experts in the various areas of conservation and helpful books.

Today, in spite of our fast paced lives, we still want to care for our possessions—to protect them to enjoy them for years to come, and to hand them down to the next generation.

I hope the ideas you find here will inspire you do just that.

Welcome to THE BUTLER'S CLOSET!

Barbara Harman

barbara@thebutlerscloset.com

914-779-1537