When one thinks of luxury handbags, such iconic names as Hermès or Louis Vuitton come to mind. However, one manufacturer is both older and preferred by sensibly minded collectors for its high quality materials and fashionable—yet understated—appearance. In short, Delvaux bags are smart and finely crafted, sans the conspicuous consumption other brands often imbue.
Trunk manufacturer Charles Delvaux established the handbag line in 1829, recognizing a need for beautiful, yet practical bags that allowed women to keep needed possessions handy while on the go. By the 1930s, Delvaux designer Franz Schwennicke introduced seasonal styles to complement the couture lines of leading fashion houses. His wife, Solange, created a bag exclusively for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium, home of Delvaux. Today seasoned leather artisans in France and Belgium craft the venerable designer’s goods. The company’s handbag lines—from Heritage to Savior Faire to Tentation— are works of art, truly a joy to behold.
- Written by Stephen Kohl
Read more: Bag It: The History and Luxury of Europe’s Delvaux