Delvaux’s Le Pin satchel, which was big in the Eighties with
über chic Euros (check out Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
sporting a red one in her 1986 music video “Comme Un
), had rather humble beginnings as a horse feed bag.
Solange Schwennicke, the owner and former CEO of the nearly 200-year-old Belgian
leather goods brand, was vacationing in Tunisia when she saw the canvas
pouches, strapped around the animals’ necks and bearing tiny
perforations so that the dust within the oats could pass through.
Inspired by them, she introduced a leather variation in 1972, and this
spring the family-owned house is reissuing it in supple calfskin
(complete with punched holes at the bottom of the bag) and in a range of
neutral shades. “When it is authentic, a creation is
eternal,” says Schwennicke (available exclusively at Barneys New York; $1,690).Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
wears a red Le Pin satchel in her1986 music video “Comme Un
Ouragan”Photo courtesy of the designers.