Since 1883 Delvaux has been a warrant holder to the Royal Court of Belgium (a title it still holds) but the house’s roots go deeper still, back to 1829 when Charles Delvaux opened his atelier in Brussels. The house describes its bags, which are all hand made over dozens of hours in ateliers in Belgium and France, as sculptural and it’s the perfect description.

Each bag summons the same emotions as a perfectly shaped marble statuette, the kind you can hold in your hand and feel the beat of the artist’s pulse. I have owned Delvaux bags since 2008 and have featured them on two covers during my time in Hong Kong so I am delighted that the company has now secured two points of distribution for its exquisite work in the city – Lane Crawford and I.T. on Ice House Street. The women’s collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 whispers style in a beautifully insistent way, like having Monet speak sotto voce in one’s ear. This year Belgium is the country partner for Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week and the city can hope for a visit from Delvaux’s design team, a rare opportunity to meet a group that keeps watch over a legacy of true luxury that stretches back almost one hundred and eighty five years.