Everything you must know about Delvaux, the iconic Brilliant bag, and the limited edition Brilliant Belgitude miniatures collection.
Before we go micro with Delvaux, let’s go micro on Delvaux.
Three important things we need to know about the history and legacy of the Maison:
- Delvaux was founded in 1829, and is the official supplier to Belgium’s royal family since 1883.
- Delvaux was the first leather maker to file patents for handbags, as early as 1908.
- Delvaux has since recorded more than 3,000 handbag designs in Le Livre d’Or, including timeless and iconic pieces which are constantly reinvented, such as the Brillant (1958), the Mutin (1962), the Tempête (1967), the Pin (1972) and the Madame (1977).
This September, Delvaux’s new Les Miniatures Belgitude collection pays homage to the many treasures of the Kingdom of Belgium, each miniature bearing the name of a Belgian City and a playful rendition on the Maison’s standout bag, the iconic Brillant.
Now, about the Delvaux Brillant:
- The Brillant was created in 1958, by Paule Goethals, a renowned architect, and former student of Henry Van de Velde, founder of the prestigious Belgian National School of Visual Arts, La Cambre.
- Comprising 64 separate pieces, this sculpture inspired iconic bag of the Maison requires at least eight hours of artisanal work.
- Leathers applied on the Brillant are from tanneries in France and Italy. The Maison is best known, however, for its unique treatment of rare exotic leathers such as alligator, porosus crocodile, python, ostrich and lizard.
- Worn by the Queen of Belgium, and the likes of Rihanna and Sofie Valkiers, this avant garde bag is fast gaining affection from style leaders around the world.
- The Brillant is available in the GM (36 x 27.5 x 19 cm), MM (29 x 21.5 x 13.5 cm), Mini (20 x 16 x 11 cm) and charm-size (8.5 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm).
- The Brilliant east/west style in MM size measures 37 x 19 x 19 cm, and 28.5 x 16 x 12.5 cm for the mini.
- The seventh size available for the Brilliant, is the Black Edition, a magnificent GM measuring 36 x 35 x 20.5 cm.
And if you are ready, let’s tour Belgium to visit and celebrate the seven artisanal wonders – each representing a quintessential Belgian symbol and attitude – of the Les Miniatures Belgitude collection.
Bruxelles: Referencing the Atomium pavilion, at Expo’58, the Brussels World Fair in 1958. (Also the birth year of the Brillant.) The future symbolised by a giant replica of iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. From the Atomium to the Belgitude Miniature – macro and mini symbols of Brussels.
Anvers: The capital of avant-garde fashion. A trio of colours, the three colours of the Belgian flag (aptly so) and 77 dots. Playfully reminiscent of a colourful little game of Go Black.
Liège: Home of the famous Belgian waffle. Need we say more, of that distinctive scrumptious honeycomb motif.
Namur: World-famous capital of gourmet. Fun fact: La frite, French fries as we know it, originated Belgium since 1680.
Ostende: Think shellfish, fresh water mussels, and all of coastal life on the North Sea.
Knokke Le Zoute: A sky-high revisitation of the Magrittian sky-cloud motif previously Delvaux-ised for the 2015 end-of year collection.
Gand: Anti-truism on a black background. Ceci n’est pas un Delvaux: This is not a Delvaux, yet absolutely Delvaux.
There are only 2,500 pieces of this limited edition collection worldwide, available at select Delvaux boutiques. Priced at SGD1,400 each, the Les Miniatures Belgitude collection will be in-store at Delvaux Scotts Square end September 2017.
All images courtesy of Delvaux