Fathers of European Leatherwork

Have you ever wonder which are the oldest European luxury leather brands?

Who was the brand that created Saffiano leather?

What are Hermès Birkin and Kelly origins?

Who started Loewe?

In this video you will find the answers and discover which are the fathers of the European leatherwork. 

European leather brands have a long history & heritage.


Delvaux is the oldest fine leather goods house. Founded in 1829 by Charles Delvaux. Older than the Kingdom of Belgium, their bags have been crash-tested by kings & queens.


Thierry Hermès founded its company in 1837. His intent, to serve the needs of European noblemen by providing saddles, bridles and other leather riding gear. ‘Haut a Courroies’ (HAC) was Hermès’ firstborn, designed to transport saddles and riding boots. Kelly and Birkin designs are supposedly based off of HAC.


1846, Enrique Loewe joined a group of craftsmen in Madrid. King Alfonso XIII of
Spain granted Loewe the title of Purveyor to the Royal Court. The brand was promoted by figures such as Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, or Sophia Loren…


The Prada brand was founded by Mario Prada, who opened the first store in Milan. In 1913, after obtained a patent for their leather finish, they started the production of their first bag, the Saffiano.

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