In 1938, Philippe Caron bought the house on the corner of “Koophandelsplein” and “Zonnestraat”
as he feared a compulsory purchase order of his cigar shop in the “Veldstraat”. As the shop was not
transferred after all, Philippe Caron decided to let his new purchase to a leather merchant.


Due to the outbreak of the Second World War, Philippe Caron’s eldest son, Gustave Caron,
could not pursue his career as an engineer, so he decided to focus on his interest in leather goods and,
eventually, took over the shop with his wife Monique. His analytical approach and eagerness to progress allowed
Gustave Caron to develop his business despite the wartime climate.


In an effort to find quality products, Gustave Caron started looking for new suppliers and came across the
Belgian Maison Delvaux. Already renowned for their steamer trunks, Delvaux was gradually
transitioning towards the creation of handbags and suitcases. This encounter soon developed into close
collaboration which continues to this day.


In the late sixties, Gustave Caron’s eldest daughter, Monique, ensured continuity as
she joined her father in the family business. Monique Caron, who developed her passion for leather goods
in other well-respected firms, introduced new significant names such as Longchamp.
In 1977, the interior was renovated and Maroquni was given a new, fresh look.

1981 – 1994

In 1981,  Monique’s younger sister, Line Caron, joined her sister in the family business.

Innovation was of the essence. In 1994, the two sisters carried out large scale renovation works on the entire house.
The building’s original manor house appearance, with high ceilings and large windows was brought back,
creating a bright and spacious interior.


Season after season, Maroquni offers new collections, combines colors and materials and strengthens collaboration with familiar brands as well as always being on the lookout for new partners.

Now more than ever, Maroquni attends to their clients’ needs and expectations, as communication is a pillar of its philosophy. In order to make this exchange as dynamic as possible, Maroquni takes part in cultural events (e.g. the International Film Festival) and brings a new perspective to its digital presence.