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Roundup May, 13 2014

Selectism Buyer’s Guide | 10 Valet Trays

A valet tray isn’t just a box you throw things in: It sits atop your desk and makes your office look official; it cradles your change and doesn’t let you lose your keys. And if you’re anything like us here at Selectism, we know you care about how it looks, how it’s made, what it’s made of. Here, we did you a solid and put together a list of valet trays we approve of, from the good old veg-tanned leather one to something more unique that you might have not seen before. Go ahead.

 

Arte & Cuoio Bendable Rectangular Piombo Tray

Combine nude vegetable-tanned leather with cleanly bold white stitches and you get this classic valet tray. This made-in-Italy piece is also bendable to your liking. ($110)

 

Graf & Lantz Merino Wool Felt Tray

Like all products from Graf & Lantz, this tray is made of thick merino felt wool. Accented at the base with genuine leather and features snap buttons that open it up so you can pack it flat. Handmade in LA. ($79)

 

Parabellum Free Range Bison Tray

There trays by Parabellum comes in a variety of colors from gold to gray and this cobalt blue. Made of free range bison hide and lined with premium suede, these come packaged in wooden boxes that are individually numbered. ($325)

 

J.W. Hulme Co. American Heritage Cowhide Tray

Also features brass snap buttons for easy flat packing. Made of cowhide, in the USA. ($105)

 

Neal Feay for Opening Ceremony Gradient Aluminum Tray

Santa Barbara-based design studio Neal Feay make these stackable aluminum trays exclusively for OC. The family-run Neal Feay make products inspired by “the scenic California coast,” hence this green/aqua tropical tone gradient tray. ($95)

 

Ace Hotel for Billykirk “Change is Good” Tray

If you’ve seen these sitting comfortably at the lobbies of the Ace Hotel and coveted them, well, now you can have one. Veg-tanned, and hand-stitched and branded in LA. ($35)

 

Michael Bastian for Frank Clegg Harness Belting Leather Tray

As part of Bastian’s accessories collection for Frank Clegg, this valet tray boasts the custom emblematic shield. Notice the snap buttons again? Yeah. Canvas lined, also available in suede. ($200)

 

Jack + Mulligan Vanderbilt Valet

This seersucker-resembling cotton-lined tray is handmade in NYC with calfskin leather. The wax finish gives it a smooth and polished look. ($55)

 

Kaufmann Mercantile Japanese Brass Desk Trays

Household object desigher Oji Masanori design these brass trays casted in a Japanese foundry established in 1897. Sand is hardened and compacted to create the molds, into which molten brass is poured then taken out when solidified by breaking the sand molds. The hardened brass is then sanded intentionally roughly so that it creates a unique surface. Available here individually in small, medium, and large sizes or as a set of three.

 

Orn Hansen Four Corners Leather Nesting Box

Orn Hansen, a small retailer from Long Beach, CA, design this simple leather tray by folding up its four corners with thread. Each corner has a different color, inspired by the colors of original hudson bay blankets and elegantly combined. The leather is hand-burnished and finished with natural oils and beeswax, ensuring that the tray will age and darken beautifully overtime. ($90)

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