Attentive followers of I Love Belgium will recognize Léa Peckre’s name immediately. She was part of our Fashion Young Bloods article. And Léa is a busy bee. Not only did she start her own collection, but now she also became the artistic director of De Gris, a French luxury leatherwear house. Read the rest of this entry »
Contrary to what you might think, Belgium has a rich auto mobile history. Brands such as Minerva, Métallurgique, Excelsior and Nagant were building strong in the first decades of the 20th century. Yet at the start of the thirties fellow Belgian brand Impéria took over and merged with the above-mentioned competition. After closing the factory doors in 1957, Impéria was revived in 2009 to market a hybrid sports car based on research from Liège-based, clean motorisations company, Green Propulsion. Read the rest of this entry »
What is brutal luxury? It’s luxury meets Spartan minimalism meets concrete meets money. This warehouse conversion was entrusted to Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners. It’s now the home of a couple with a passion for architecture who were keen to make one of Düsseldorf’s rare ruins their own. Read the rest of this entry »
The brand new ‘Smets’ concept store (or should we say luxury shopping mall) is a fact in Brussels. Found by half Luxembourg, half Belgian family Smets. A brand new and unique 3800 square meters building that breaths luxury, where fashion, design, beauty and fine dining are brought together. The building is placed in the outskirts of Brussels, but hey, someone has to start regenerating those neighbourhoods. Read the rest of this entry »
What’s the oldest leatherwear brand in the world? Hermès? We don’t want to disappoint our French neighbours but it’s the Belgian house of Delvaux. In 1829 Charles Delvaux added a shop window to his Brussels studio. His handcrafted trunks quickly gained universal admiration. In 1883, Delvaux became a warrant holder to the Court of Belgium. And in 1898, the House was the first to patent a model (the Edison trunk). Spurred on by this success, the range was further extended to include luggage, boxes, suitcases, and more. Never forgetting ladies’ handbags, which the House has offered since the beginning of the 20th century. Read the rest of this entry »
Monocle, thé global briefing covering international affairs, business, culture and design has teamed up with Belgian luxury leatherwear brand Delvaux. Monocle has been collaborating with the best artisan brands in the world to create their own luxury Monocle line sold in their shops in London and Los Angeles and online. The Monocle bag is a limited edition of the Delvaux Newspaper Bag, designed by Belgian designer Bruno Pieters. It has enough space for a laptop and A4 papers plus two external straps for slipping in a copy of the FT, The Herald Tribune or Die Zeit. Monocle Editor in Chief and design guru, Tyler Brûlé, came especially to the Delvaux ateliers in Brussels to select the different leathers and finishing. It has been produced exclusively for Monocle in woven Toile de Cuir and lined with Basane leather. A beautiful piece of craftsmanship Available in the Monocle online shop for 1.500 £.
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