Delvaux has been making fine leather goods in Brussels since 1829, and as such is the oldest manufacturer of its kind in the world. The family-owned company has fans at the highest levels, among them the Belgian royal court, the maker being accorded the status of “Royal Warrant Holder of the Court of Belgium” in 1883 by King Leopold II.
However, it was long before then that the brand gained recognition. The first half of the 19th century saw a significant rise in travel: with the development of the railways and passenger liners, people were able to move across Europe and the globe like never before. Charles Delvaux, a trunk maker in Brussels, was quick to see the implications of the trend, and realised that women in particular needed small bags that they could carry at all times. In 1908 the company filed some of the earliest patents for an item that has found a special place in the hearts of women around the world: the handbag.
Since then, Delvaux has never looked back, and women everywhere have continued to enjoy its products – products that are still handmade from rare and exotic skins and constructed with paramount attention to detail. Classic designs over the years have included Le Brillant, Le Madame and Le Tempête and, more recently, the Givry With Me and Le Pin.
It’s not just royalty that are fans of Delvaux. Among its many admirers are Katie Holmes, Julianne Moore, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller. And while a Delvaux bag would be a most welcome gift at any time, the end-of-year Possuière d’étoiles collection comprises pieces that place it firmly on the season’s must-have list. For Christmas, Delvaux takes the work of Gustav Klimt for its inspiration, and in particular the artist’s Golden Phase of the early 20th century. The rage includes not only bags but also accessories. For instance, the Tempête MM, Signature Clutch and the Charms key holder sport a multifaceted brass star that has been galvanised in a colour bath to give yellow-, rose- or clear-gold tints, or ruthenium or palladium if preferred. A variety of finishes lends the star depth. Behind the Christmas collection, which also features an extensive use of alligator leather, is Christina Zeller, head of Artistic Direction. She has previously worked for Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy, and with the collection has added a new degree of contemporaneity to the brand.
Delvaux’s spring/summer 2017 collection promises a rainbow
“Psyche delicious” is the keyword for spring/summer 2017 at Delvaux, each time sporting cloud in such abundance and intensity that the range represents a veritable smorgasbord of shades. Traditional jus such as nude, noir, végétal and ivory are joined by citron, lilac, coral and indigo. Brand new this year and the cornerstone of the spring-summer’17 collection is Le Mutin Mini, which comes in contrasting colours on its cut edges. Another must-have this season is the Brilliant Magic bag in noir or ivory. Another must-have this season is the Brilliant Magic bag in noir or ivory. An accordion-style interior in startling Lilas. Nude and Citron opens to reveal a spread of colour. Delvaux’s signature illusion design is also given expression in the shades of the seasons with Tempt Mini and Madame Mini, which come in combinations of ivory-lilac, nude-ivory and indigo-citron.