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Design showcase: Milan boutique for Delvaux

Belgian handbag brand Delvaux has opened its first store in Italy, in the shape of a Milan boutique designed by Italian architect Studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners.

The store seeks to re-elaborate stylistic features from the traditions of Milanese design, emphasising the city’s reputation as a capital of fashion and leather goods. Delvaux claims to be the oldest fine leather luxury goods house in the world.

Studio Vudafieri Partners has been designing Delvaux’s stores since 2012. It describes the latest store as characterised by “an unheard-of mix between elements of twentieth century Milanese design and references to Belgian creativity”.

The 200 sq m (2,153 sq ft) store is subdivided into a series of salons, each with a different atmosphere and of varied sizes. Historic and contemporary styles are mixed throughout, including marble panels and works by artist Filippo Falaguasta.

Lighting and furniture includes items from celebrated Milanese designers of the twentieth century, including Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Angelo Lelli, with aged carpets by Jan Kath.

The distinctive Delvaux boutique wardrobe – in other stores finished in white plaster – is here finished in Macassar ebony. A 5m tall bookcase in the third room is inspired by Milan’s 1960s architecture.

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