"Les Humeurs de Brillant"

At the 1958 Brussels World Fair, Delvaux created a stir with the launch of a new handbag: "Le Brillant". Created by designer Paule Goethals, this design quickly developed into one of the showpieces of the various Delvaux collections. Over the years it has been produced in a range of materials (calf, ostrich, porosus crocodile, alligator etc.) and in different structures, formats and colours.

Brillant Humeur Black Edition bag

"Black Edition" is a larger-scale version of the model created for the Brussels World Fair and is accompanied by "Les Humeurs de Brillant": nine creations that symbolise the values of the House of Delvaux by toying with and flouting convention, each rivalling the other in technical expertise used to craft these fine leather goods.

L'Humour

Brillant Humeur Humour bag
© C.H. / SABAM, Bruxelles 2014

n. [AN (h)umour, Ofr., (h)umor, -ur (mod. humeur)]. A quality of action, speech, etc ; facetiousness, comicality. Character, style, or spirit (of a musical or literary composition, etc.). Humour is also in evidence in the visual arts and cinema. Black humour (or comedy) : writing that juxtaposes morbid or grisly elements with comical ones that underscore the senselessness or futility of life. Sense of humour : the faculty of perceiving and enjoying what is ludicrous or amusing ; a sense of the ludicrous or amusing.

Le Rêve

Brillant Humeur Reve bag

n. 1. A series of thoughts, images, sensations, or emotions occurring in the mind during sleep. 2. A vision of the imagination indulged in when awake, esp. one prompted by desire, hope, or ambition ; a flight of fancy ; a state of mind in which awareness of immediate reality is temporarily shut out, a reverie. 3. An enduring hope or aspiration ; an ideal.

L’Excellence

Brillant Humeur Excellence bag

n. 1. The state or fact of excelling ; the possession of good qualities or abilities to an eminent or unusual degree ; surpassing merit, skill, or worth. 2. Something in which a person or thing excels ; an excellent feature, quality, or ability. PAR EXCELLENCE, adv. Beyond compare.

La Belgitude

Brillant Humeur Belgitude bag

n. A typically Belgian turn of phrase. In art and in literature, the term ‘belgitude’ refers to an almost extreme cult of surrealism, whilst in other areas of everyday life it represents the opposite : the outright rejection of anything out of the ordinary.

La Singularité

Brillant Humeur Singularite bag

n. 1. The quality, state, or fact of being singular ; now esp., the quality or fact of being remarkable or peculiar in some respect; eccentricity, strangeness. 2. An exceptional or unusual trait or feature ; a peculiarity.

La Tradition

Brillant Humeur Tradition bag

n. [Latin ‘tradere’, meaning to hand over, deliver, or bequeath]. 1. Delivery, esp. oral, of information or instruction. 2. A statement, belief, customs, etc., handed down by non-written (esp. oral) means from generation to generation. 3. The action of handing down something, from generation to generation ; transmission of statements, beliefs, customs, etc., esp. by word of mouth or unwritten custom ; the fact of being handed down thus.

La Création

Brillant Humeur Creation bag

n. 1. The action of a divine agency in creating something, esp. the world ; the fact of being created by divine agency. 2. The action of making, forming, producing, or constituting for the first time or afresh ; invention ; causation, production. 3. An original (esp. imaginative) production of human intelligence or power. The first representation by an actor of a dramatic character or role ; a dramatic character as portrayed by a particular actor. A costume, dress, etc., as the work of its designer.

L’Audace

Brillant Humeur Audace bag

n. [Latin ‘audere’, to dare]. 1. Boldness ; reckless daring. 2. Effrontery ; impudence.

Le Savoir-faire

Brillant Humeur Savoir-Faire bag

n. Technical expertise ; practical ability or invention.

All the pieces in the collection "Les Humeurs de Brillant" can be made to order by request to digital@delvaux.com.