Delvaux, An Exceptional Mastery


Established in 1829 by Charles Delvaux in Brussels, the fine leather goods house has earned its reputation by remaining true to its savoir-faire and uncompromising craftsmanship, as well as for the supreme quality of its creations. Both visionary and practical, Charles Delvaux, a trunk maker in Brussels, foresaw the implications of this revolution. As early as 1880, his firm swiftly began to adapt to the new need for women to carry a bag to keep certain items close at hand while they traveled. This led the company, in 1908, to file some of the earliest patents for handbags. In 1933, Franz Schwennicke took over the company, transforming Delvaux into a highly exclusive label by responding to the increasing demand for exceptional handbags. He was also the first fine leather goods manufacturer to introduce the concept of seasonal collections, taking up the custom practised in haute couture. Their most iconic handbag is "Le Brillant", a bag created especially for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Today, Delvaux is part of London-based Fung Brands, a luxury investment firm. The company's major investments to date consist of Robert Clergerie, a French shoe brand, and French fashion house Sonia Rykiel.