Delvaux on Fifth Avenue

16.01.2019 - Editorial

Delvaux opens its first American flagship on the fabled Fifth Avenue at the corner of 59th Street, on Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side, overlooking Central Park.

Founded in 1829 in Brussels, Delvaux is the oldest fine leather luxury goods house in the world and Official Purveyor to the Royal Court of Belgium since 1883.

By registering the first ever patent in 1908, Delvaux is the inventor of the modern handbag. Since almost 200 years of uninterrupted activity, la Maison has made its mark thanks to its outstanding  savoir-faire, witty elegance and the exceptional quality of its creations.

Delvaux’s newest boutique is situated in the Sherry-Netherland building, at the former site of A La Vieille Russie. Originally built in 1927 opposite the legendary Plaza Hotel, the storied building is one of the jewels of Fifth Avenue, New York’s most exclusive luxury destination.

Facing Central Park and located amidst the city’s emblematic landmarks (at a short distance from the Museum of Modern Art, the MET, The Guggenheim, next door to Harry Cipriani and the Apple Store) the location perfectly befits Delvaux’s first flagship boutique in the United States.

The New York store not only conveys the essence of the Belgian Maison but is also an hommage to the multifaceted spirit of New York itself. The boutique has been conceived to reflect its iconic Fifth Avenue location and the vibrant energy of Manhattan with all its communities.

Throughout the boutique, la Maison’s signature creations are in intimate dialogue with remarkable Decorative Arts elements, welcoming New Yorkers to discover Delvaux’s legacy of timeless tradition and daring innovation.

As in Brussels, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo or Beijing, every Delvaux boutique is different from another. Sense of history and contemporary aesthetics merge together to create an inimitable character imbued with Belgitude.

Delvaux’s Chairman and CEO Jean-Marc Loubier, in collaboration with the architectural firm Vudafieri Saverino Partners, established a modern boutique concept featuring distinctive fixtures with a reference to historic Flemish design.

Entering the New York boutique, Gris des Ardennes marble floors confer with a wall decorated with leather cutting tools from the Brussels atelier and courtly Emiel Veranneman tables.

Leading up to the mezzanine floor, the original sweeping staircase has been renovated and customised with the colours of the Belgian flag on its risers, and the impeccably restored balustrade looks straight onto an outstanding antique central chandelier once illuminating a Flemish church.

On the upper level, a remarkable all-velvet lounge looks out over Central Park through large windows. The space is completed with a beautifully restored Versailles parquet and a French 18th century Régence table, once owned by financier George Jay Gould I, that has been brought back to Manhattan by Delvaux after profuse adventures. Other key pieces of furniture include an elegant chest of drawers by Veranneman.

Delvaux is acknowledged as one of the world’s most celebrated luxury players, and a visit of the new Manhattan boutique is a unique, unexpected and stimulating journey into its special, significant and whimsical universe.

 

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