1958. Architectural feats and a spark of innovation electrify Brussels, host to the World Expo, inspiring Delvaux to create the most complex, radical, and iconic bag ever made.
A star is born, the Brillant.
With the shape of a goddess, a buckle like a gem, and the posture of a queen, the Brillant shines down on its subjects, but will never outshine you.
Paule Goethals, a renowned architect and former student of Henry Van de Velde (founder of La Cambre, the Belgian National School of Visual Arts) collaborated with Delvaux in 1958 to create the Brillant.
This explains the graphic lines and clean cut of this iconic bag.
In the horseshoe-shaped buckle of the Brillant, one can discern an abstract letter 'D'.
Though the signature form of the Delvaux 'D' has remained unchanged since its creation, the latest editions may be crafted in materials such as rubberised metal for a modern touch.
Reptile leathers have long been a symbol of prestige. La maison Delvaux reimagines these traditional materials each season, casting them in bold, contemporary designs with innovative finishes. Alligator leathers feature wide, square or rectangular scales that change suddenly to smaller, round scales.
For custom orders, the house offers a range of shiny alligator leather in a selection of vibrant colours.
Delvaux likes things done well, down to the very last button.
Buttons are sewn by hand with a fine, thin layer of leather glued in place over the button. They are then left to dry overnight and secured with a twist of thread.
It takes eight hours to assemble the sixty-four pieces that form the Brillant.
For box calf and exotic leathers, the pieces are assembled with the coupé net (cut edge) technique.
For Sellier leather, Delvaux uses a wooden mould to stitch and assemble a supple, sportier version.
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Brillant GM 36 cm wide, 27,5 cm high, 19 cm deep
Brillant Black Edition 36 cm wide, 35 cm high, 20,5 cm deep
Brillant Mini 20 cm wide, 16 cm high, 11 cm deep
Brillant MM 29 cm wide, 21,5 cm high, 13,5 cm deep
Brillant Charms 8,5 cm wide, 7,5 cm high, 4,5 cm deep
Brillant East/West Mini 28,5 cm wide, 16 cm high, 12,5 cm deep
Brillant East/West 37,5 cm wide, 19 cm high, 19 cm deep
The Brillant collection is sold exclusively in Delvaux boutiques and authorised retailers.Store locator