The difference between the modern Butler and the Traditional Butler, by Sara Vestin Rahmani
Sara Vestin Rahmani of the famous Bespoke Bureau writes about her opinion on the Modern Butler VS the Old Style Traditional Butler and how things have changed over the years
“The modern day butler is a far cry from Downton Abbey’s impeccably mannered Mr Carson. In that era, the butler had to embody the virtues demanded of the head of a household, as well as polishing silver, decanting the wine, and ensuring the rest of the staff were performing their duties, looking immaculate and following the protocols of their rank. I am struggling to find any parallels between Carson’s role and that of a modern Butler that the Agency trains and places with wealthy people.
In my opinion, the two most desirable qualities in a good butler are loyalty and discretion. Loyalty, but also the ability to ignore his pretensions (and there are many), and discretion as a confidant who can also stay socially aloof.
It is no surprise to me that it is English butlers who are most in demand, and that their clients are mainly from China and Russia. For the new super-rich, an English butler is a status symbol to line up alongside the Swiss banker, French chef, German car manufacturer, and Italian lover. The English are seen as refined, dignified, deferential, reserved, formal when needed, and able to adapt to any given situation without giving way to emotion or anxiety. They are also there to bring sophistication and old-world charm to the halls of their otherwise ostentatious homes; a touch of class alongside the gold taps and garish chandeliers.
I believe the true test of an intelligent modern butler is not how much he knows how to do, but how he behaves when he doesn’t know.
Constantly by the master’s side, the Butler is privy to things that even his inner circle do not know. This can be infuriating to others and there are always political waters to navigate. But with knowledge comes power, and with power comes responsibility. As the relationship grows, the Butler gets to observe his master’s quirks, his weaknesses and his vices, some of which are not always palatable. Once the Butler has earned his boss’ trust, the lines between master and servant begin to blur. A butler will never expect to be treated equally (nor would he want to be), but the hope is that one day the master/boss will come to rely upon having the Butler by his side. This is the unspoken understanding, that one day the balance of power will shift, and the butler will know more about what his master wants than the master himself. Classic Jeeves and Wooster stuff.
As a modern-day butler you are expected to be well versed in etiquette, and conduct yourself with a suitable demeanour; on the other hand you must also adapt to your master’s culture and all the contradictions this brings with it. A Butler is always on call, and should never say no unless he can be certain that no is the only answer. The modern day butler must be able to navigate the trials and tribulations of the modern world with efficiency and style and, in whichever way he can, make life a little bit easier for his master. In that respect The Butler’s job probably hasn’t changed much since the 19th-century, other than the fact that he carries two BlackBerrys instead of tails.”
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