Delvaux – purveyor of very fine handbags and leather goods, and the oldest fine leather luxury goods house in the world – has opened its London flagship store on Sloane Street.
Founded in Belgium in 1829 (before Hermès, Moynat and Louis Vuitton set up shop), when Charles Delvaux saw that women were beginning to travel more and were in need of something smaller and more versatile than a trunk in which to carry their belongings. Clever chap. The house has been an official supplier to the Belgian Court since 1883.
The Sloane Street store is spread over 2,150 square feet, and is a paean to luxury leather craftsmanship. The brand’s opulent handbags are displayed alongside a collection of Belgian ceramics and a classic library table by Swedish furniture designer Axel Einar Hjorth, an emblem of early 20th Century Scandinavian design.