La Maison Delvaux, Luxurious and Chic Handbags from Belgium
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Established in 1829 by Charles Delvaux, la maison Delvaux is known today the world over for its savoir-faire and uncompromising craftsmanship, as well as for the outstanding quality of its creations. Since its early beginnings, Delvaux has enjoyed the trust and confidence of connoisseurs and has been an official supplier of the Belgian royal family since 1883.
Delvaux’s history is long and rich. More than 3,000 handbag designs have been created by la maison, all of which have been lovingly documented in Le Livre d’Or. To this day, every new creation continues to be described, sketched, and catalogued in Le Livre. While proud of its heritage and traditions, Delvaux is firmly anchored in the present, creating contemporary classics imbued with elegance, fantasy, and wit.
Steeped in the spirit of Belgian surrealism, la maison Delvaux brings a witty approach to all of its creations. Influenced by the innovative works of Belgian artists such as René Magritte and Paul Delvaux, la maison delights in putting a strikingly unconventional twist on its designs.
In the hands of its leather artisans, Delvaux bags become genuine works of art. Each Delvaux design is made of skins from the best tanneries in Italy and France, and handcrafted in Delvaux’s European ateliers. La maison is well known for its innovative treatment of rare, exotic leathers, such as ostrich, galuchat, python, lizard, and crocodile. Only the best skins are chosen and only the best pieces are cut for Delvaux creations. With a touch of Art Deco folly combined with geometric rigor, the new Autumn-Winter 2016/2017 collection is both precious and precise. The ability to conceive audacious and solidly structured designs is part of the innate heritage of la maison Delvaux. This season’s favourite, the Temp.te Mini, is subtly slipping in right between the Micro and the MM versions.
Delvaux completes the line with a selection of lightweight, soft models. Le Mutin, with its 1970s allure, and derived from the 1962 “Chasseresse” bag, is the new emblem of the collection.
While timeless Nude, Végétal, Noir, and Ivory are present as always in the collection, the focus is on delectable colours that are clean, stark, and yet delicate, such as Absinthe, Rose Candy, Rouge de Pourpre, and Tourterelle. The latter two colours also show up in a three-toned dégradé effect that is both lively and refined.
Alligator, lizard, python, and galuchat are used in particularly exceptional and innovative ways, such as Alligator Hurricane brightened with shades of Rouge de Pourpre and Tourterelle. A sumptuous Springbok in Rouge de Pourpre is used for the Madame bag, while the Smoking Mink in Noir and Ivory is paired as trimming for the Temp.te MM. Two new leathers enter the repertoire this season: the supple Dream, which is coupled with shiny Alligator in Végétal; and the naturalgrained Crispy Calf.
Delvaux boutiques are located in multiple cities in Belgium, as well as in Paris, London, Vancouver, Kuwait City, Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Macau, Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, and Singapore.