Traditionally a personal servant responsible for the Lady of the household. Duties include: care of the wardrobe and a Lady's private rooms, care, cleaning, pressing and mending of a Lady's clothes, preparation of clothes for packing.
Today this role is still sought after and Marshall Harber have placed many successful ladies maids. The role can encompass so much more, for example a ladies maid can take care of the male and female wardrobes of the house. They can also offer a personal shopping and styling service as they often have their training in high end fashion and design. This would be a ladies maid/ wardrobe and personal grooming assistant.
This wardrobe care can also be in conjunction with some spa or beauty treatments, many of our clients are now realising the benefits of having their ladies maids train to do manicures, pedicures, facials or massage.
Our ladies maids can care for your wardrobe, ensure all items sent out for specialist cleaning or alterations come back and that the work is carried out to a high standard. They can catalogue your wardrobe for you to ensure you can keep track of all of the items you have and to be able to quickly find and rotate your clothing.
Most ladies maids will travel with their employers and will have unpacked the clothing and have everything ready for use shortly after arriving at your destination.
There has always been a tradition with this role for the ladies maid to be mindful and informed about etiquette, local cultures and formalities to ensure that you can relax in the knowledge that you are always appropriately turned out.
We have full time travelling ladies maids and freelance personal stylists/dressers on our books so you could hire someone to shop for, or dress for a one off event.
If you would like to become a ladies maid you must have the following criteria
- Three years in a similar role.
- Experience of or qualification in fashion.
- A knowledge of specialist cleaning and care of all fabrics, pelts and leather.
- Ability to hand wash delicate items like silk and cashmere.
- Sewing skills for repairs and alterations
- A good knowledge of high end retailers and the ability to source them on the move when travelling with your work.
Additional skills that are not essential but would be an asset to your employer and compliment the role would be any spa or beauty treatments, hair dressing or styling, manicures and pedicures, massage, waxing. Yoga tuition or other fitness training. Also any languages would be useful as there is usually a great deal of travel with these roles.
If you would like to hire or register as a ladies maid please ask our consultants for any further information.