A tour of the Delvaux atelier and headquarters in Brussels

A dramatic skylight lets an abundance of natural light in delvaux atelier
A dramatic skylight lets an abundance of natural light into the Delvaux atelier, whose hangar-like appearance is attributed to the fact that it was formerly a maintenance and repair depot for military vehicles
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Delvaux's leather library

Delvaux's leather library. Some pieces here are nearly 40 years old

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made with calf's leather from France and Italy,

Ninety per cent of the bags are made with calf's leather from France and Italy, made especially for Delvaux

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Craftsman is an exotic skins specialist

This craftsman is an exotic skins specialist, one of two people in the atelier whose job revolves around skins that are more delicate and require skilled handling

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Shaving' is employed to make leathers thinner

The proces of 'shaving' is employed to make leathers thinner. Delvaux's most iconic bag, the Brilliant, is made up of 64 pieces, all of which need to be shaved

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Bag in alligator skin

A Brilliant bag in alligator skin, which the house sources from Florida

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An artisan fastens a zip onto a bag

Rather than form a factory-style assembly line, Delvaux's craftspeople construct each bag from start to finish. Here, an artisan fastens a zip onto a bag

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A laser machine-cutter

A laser machine-cutter in action

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Bags get cleaned and repaired

A pile of customer repair dockets in the atelier's 'After Sales Department', where bags get cleaned and repaired

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An artisan repairs a woven leather bag

An artisan repairs a woven leather bag from the 1970s

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The company's headquarters

The company's headquarters - or 'heartquarters', as employees like to call it - is also home to a mini Delvaux museum

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Iconic pieces are displayed

Iconic pieces are displayed alongside photographs from Delvaux's history 

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Bespoke trunks for weathly Belgian travellers

Founder Charles Delvaux started his business in 1829 making bespoke trunks, like the one pictured, for weathly Belgian travellers

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A timeline of bags lines a wall

A timeline of bags lines a wall in the Delvaux museum

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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.