Above: The Delvaux Marronnier in 1977 & the Madame PM in 2012 (image: Tommy Ton at Style.com)

One advantage of being the oldest luxury goods company in the world is that you have an enviably large and rich archive in which to seek inspiration. Delvaux, a storied Belgian brand known for its elegant handbags in high-quality skins, was founded in 1829 and has repeatedly dipped into its past to introduce new iterations of old classics. Their most recent model is the Madame PM, a streamlined, minimalist bag inspired by Le Marronnier, a design first introduced in 1977.

Despite its age, Delvaux has a whimsical sensibility—it loves to put its bags in cheeky, unexpected contexts (a Valentine’s Day edition, for instance, was introduced with a Little Red Riding Hood theme). This time, Delvaux hired Belgian illustrator Valentine De Cort to write and design a book featuring none other than the Madame handbag with its owner, Madame D.

“It’s such a prestigious Belgian company with a long history and a rich tradition. It was really an honour when they asked me” De Cort told The Word Magazine. “It’s a classic bag with a high quality finishing, a bag that is just as good on the inside as on the outside.”

Flip through the charming book below, which was inspired in part by the children’s classic, “Eloise in Paris.” Then join fans like Katie Holmes, Sienna Miller and Sarah Jessica Parker by shopping the Madame exclusively at Barneys New York