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The history of Delvaux


So old it predates the creation of Belgium itself, Delvaux has a truly rich heritage. We take a look at the history of the luxury leather-goods specialist and see why it remains one of Belgium’s best-loved fashion houses

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Isabella Redmond Styles ,

Belgian fashion house Delvaux is one of the world’s oldest luxury leather-goods houses. In 1829, Charles Delvaux, maker of travel trunks, added a shop window to his Brussels atelier and word spread about his beautifully crafted creations. By 1883, Delvaux had been awarded a warrant by the Belgian court and by the end of the 19th century the company had extended its range to include luggage, suitcases and boxes as well as ladies’ handbags.

Franz Schwennicke, who bought Delvaux in 1933, introduced the concept of seasonal leather goods, and when his wife Solange took over the company in 1970 Delvaux began to be recognised internationally. Drawing on the brand’s history of excellent craftsmanship, Solange Schwennicke was able to promote Delvaux as a global trendsetter and leader in luxury leather goods.

As a result, Delvaux became the luggage brand of choice for some of the 20th century’s most stylish individuals, including Jackie Kennedy. The Belgian company continues to flourish and has set up Studio Delvaux, an initiative which invites creative talents to design alongside the company’s artisans.

Delvaux, 27 boulevard de Waterloo, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 513 0502

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