Trompe This

I don’t know what’s in the waffles or the water in Belgium, but the design talent that originates from this small Western European country is unique to say the least. Away from the hustle and bustle of the major fashion capitals, Belgium manages to turn out more than it’s fair share of great designers without the pressure and expectations of a New York, Milan or Paris fashion system. Belgian designers not only break the rules but they form new codes altogether. Wildly coveted, highly celebrated, Belgian design is defined by it’s upside-down take on the classics. A streak of romantic moodiness prevails with a respect for tradition and a taste for the original. Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, Veronique Branquinho, Walter Van Beirendonck, and of course Belgium’s equivalent to France’s Hermes, Delvaux, all make up the tasty Flemish stew that is Belgian fashion today.

Delvaux’s divine handbags are brilliant pieces of timeless personal expression, and in particular their ‘Les Humeurs de Brilliant’ collection brings major whimsy to the look of their very classic, traditional lady purse originally designed and presented at the 1958 Belgium World Fair called, The Brilliant. Any handbag obsessive would consider these purses to be trophies in their collection, to be adored, loved and even displayed like the pieces of art that they actually are. But it would be a shame to refuse oneself the enjoyment of carrying any one of these 9 beauties that make up the modern, surrealist-inspired Black Edition versions. With names like La Belgitude, L’Excellence and Le Savoir-Faire  swinging playfully on one’s arm, they’re guaranteed to delight all that cross their path.


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