SHOP­PING

The old­est leather goods house in the world has just opened a bou­tique in the heart of Mi­lan. Es­tab­lished in 1829, it is renowned for its dis­tinc­tive must-have ac­ces­sories. By Chiara Zac­carelli

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Del­vaux, the old­est leather goods house in the world, has just opened a bou­tique in the heart of Mi­lan

The Mi­lanese branch of the his­toric Bel­gian lux­ury leather goods house re­cently took up res­i­dence in the heart of the Quadri­latero della moda, in the city's pres­ti­gious Palazzo Reina. This jewel-like bou­tique is set amidst hid­den court­yards and his­toric palazzo. It is spread over a sur­face area of 200 square me­ters, in a set­ting that mir­rors the aes­thet­ics and tra­di­tion of the Bel­gian brand, a pi­o­neer in the world of lux­ury leather goods, to per­fec­tion. The ar­chi­tec­tural con­cept of the space ref­er­ences 20th cen­tury Mi­lanese de­sign, with curved cladding in Ma­cas­sar wood, rem­i­nis­cent of the ar­ti­sanal crafts­man­ship of 1930s cab­i­net­mak­ers. This look is com­bined with con­tem­po­rary aes­thet­ics and fur­ni­ture in­spired by Flem­ish ar­chi­tec­tural tra­di­tion, re-in­ter­preted with a con­tem­po­rary twist. The fix­tures and fit­tings fea­tured in­side the store do not only play a dec­o­ra­tive role, but also func­tion as a show­case for Del­vaux's col­lec­tions. An im­pres­sive book­case, in­spired by an iconic 1960s build­ing de­signed by Luigi Cac­cia Do­min­ioni in Mi­lan's Pi­azza Car­bonari, hosts the mai­son's ac­ces­sories, and a pre­cious col­lec­tion of 20th cen­tury ce­ramic vases. Founded in Brus­sels in 1829, Del­vaux – the of­fi­cial sup­plier to the Royal Court of Bel­gian since 1833 – is a quintessen­tially Bel­gian mai­son that in­vented what we know to­day as the ‘hand­bag’. The brain­child of Charles Del­vaux, for al­most two cen­turies, the brand has been renowned for its ex­cel­lent crafts­man­ship, metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail and un­com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity of its creations.

>> www.del­vaux.com Via Bagutta, 10/12. T: 02 76006923. Map G4

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