As the world’s oldest luxury leather goods company, Delvaux has captivated discerning connoisseurs—women and men alike—with unparalleled craftsmanship and commitment to outstanding quality. Embodying sophistication and timeless elegance, each iconic creation, showcases the brand’s unwavering dedication to excellence, from the emblematic “D” clasp to the supple interior lining. Delve into the realm of Delvaux and uncover the ideal accessory to enhance your wardrobe with grace and style.
The History of Delvaux
Established in 1829 by the visionary Charles Delvaux, the luxury brand started as a workshop in Brussels specialising in luggage. The house would soon claim notoriety in 1883 as the official purveyor to the Royal Court of Belgium—the royal family’s formal supplier of leather goods. Success continued as Delvaux’s innovative approach led to the filing of the first-ever handbag patent in 1908. In 1933, Franz Schwennicke took over the business, transforming Delvaux into an exclusive brand and introducing seasonal collections inspired by Haute Couture.
Under the direction of Schwennicke and later his wife, Solange, Delvaux created numerous masterpieces. The brand’s workshops in Belgium and France crafted handbags that would go on to harness notoriety in the history of leather goods, such as the ‘Brillant’, created for the Brussels World Fair in 1958. Infused with the spirit of Belgian surrealism, Delvaux brings a sharp approach to all its creations, incorporating unconventional and original touches in each design.
Iconic Styles: Brillant, Tempête, Pin, Lingot
The Brillant: A Timeless Classic with a Signature Buckle
Designed in 1958, the Delvaux Brillant bag is a tribute to the brand’s creativity and savoir-faire. The most remarkable element of this opulent bag is its unmistakable buckle, curved like a horseshoe and forming the letter “D” for Delvaux. With its refined front strap and fastening system, the Brillant is a timeless classic that is entirely handcrafted by skilled artisans in the brand’s ateliers.
The Tempête: A Versatile and Elegant Bag for Everyday Use
First created in 1967 and taking cues from a sailboat’s trapeze, the Tempête offers graphic lines and distinctive silver studded clasps, making it one of Delvaux’s most emblematic bags. The Tempête can be worn with or without its strap, allowing multiple carrying options and exuding refined glamour with its signature studded clasps.
The Pin: A Casual Silhouette with Curves in All the Right Places
Created in 1972, the Pin is designed to be supple, light and functional, perfectly capturing the free spirit of the ‘70s. With no fuss or inner lining, its curves and signature D-pocket have made the Pin a firm Delvaux classic. The Pin can be worn across the body with an adjustable strap, over the shoulder, carried by its decorative handle, or even around the wrist, offering a wealth of versatility.
The Lingot: Elegance, Sophistication and Practicality
Released as part of the Spring-Summer 2022 Collection, the Lingot is inspired by the brand’s rich 1970s archive and crafted in locally sourced leather. The bag earns its name from its oversized, elongated D-shaped buckle, carved from a single brass bar. The Lingot is an amazing crossbody for everyday wear, epitomising elegance and practicality.
Exquisite Craftsmanship and Premium Materials
Delvaux’s dedication to exceptional quality shines through in their timeless collections, crafted using the finest materials with meticulous attention to detail. Delvaux’s commitment to lasting quality is reflected in the exceptional materials they use to create their bags; 90% of which are meticulously crafted from the finest calf leather, sourced exclusively from the most renowned tanneries in France and Italy.
Each Delvaux atelier houses exotic skin specialists, dedicated to working with delicate materials like alligator skin, which demand skillful handling and expertise.
The 64 individual pieces that comprise the iconic Brillant Bag, for instance, are invariably ‘shaved’ to ensure a fine, workable material.
In contrast to factory-style assembly lines, the brand’s skilled craftspeople create each Delvaux bag from start to finish. Every piece is considered a work of art, handcrafted by a team of three, including a master artisan and two apprentices. Each bag demands hours of intensive labour and all Delvaux leatherworkers undergo the company’s rigorous apprenticeship program to hone their skills.
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