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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, August 2021, My Butler Julius

Julius SmithMy Butler Julius

by Julius Smith

Clean Shaven or Whiskers? 

My views on this may raise an eyebrow from our wonderful editor of this monthly newsletter, so I apologize in advance, the subject being, «Should male private staff and especially butlers be clean shaven or allow themselves to have a little facial hair?»

One can argue the merits of hygiene when serving food and cleanliness when considering the bewhiskered over the shaven.

Should it be a matter of personal choice or is it up to the principal to decide? I have known staff who reluctantly have shaved their prized whiskers as their employer did not approve.

Just a thought when preparing for an interview—the old adage that you only have one chance to make a first impression may give one pause for thought in considering whether it may be best to have any beard or moustache neatly trimmed, or even perhaps, to be clean shaven….

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.

Por Amer A. Vargas

Amer A. Vargas graduated with a Tourism Degree specializing in hotel management from CETT (Center for Tourism Studies) in Barcelona and spent the following decade in the service industry. Beginning as a waiter and then supervisor in high-end restaurants, he was next made responsible for raising service standards through staff training programs. After receiving further training as a butler, he worked as a butler and valet in private service as well as hotels in England and Europe.

During this time period, he translated the best-selling industry texts Butlers & Household Managers, 21st Century Professionals and Hotel Butlers, The Great Service Differentiators into Spanish and is currently creating butler training materials in the Spanish language.

As the Director of Spanish-speaking Markets, Amer is responsible for making the technology of butling available in private residences and hotels in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. He provides consultation, placement, and training services in these countries.