I have recently purchased an umbrella, made by London Undercover, it is part of their city lux collection, beautifully packaged it features a khaki woven canopy, maple wood handle as well as leather and brass attachments, for me it appears to be the perfect accessorise to compete with the rather inclement weather that we are currently having to endure. Rather surprisingly, The Frozen Northerner has never previously owned is a quality umbrella, but now belatedly, he sees it as essential requirement in a vain attempt to stay dry. Why I have never owned a good umbrella is completely unfathomable and although I very happy with my London Undercover brolly I decided to do a little bit of research as to what is out there.
Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes ranging from the rather smaller compact telescopic type to the more classical solid stick style. Prices for umbrellas vary greatly and there is something for everyone, as I always try to get good value for money, I firmly believe that London Undercover fits that remit, although, I have admit that the Brighton based company Mr Stanford ( who I discovered on a trip to Fortnum and Mason) are in all probability just as good.
If you have endless pot of money and are driven by a desire to stay ahead of the game then you may well be seduced by the umbrella made by famed shoemaker George Cleverly who in collaboration with noted Neapolitan umbrella maker Francesco Maglia have loving produced a solid stick umbrella for The Rake magazine which comes in a whopping £600. This may be artisan craftsmanship at its finest, but in all honesty you are going struggle to see any style warriors wandering the streets of Seaton Delaval with one of these.
As I pointed in my blog on the Italian Gentleman there are Italian umbrella makers such as Francesco Maglia and Mario Talarico who have peerless reputations and although not as expensive as the Cleverly/Maglia piece they are also a bit on the pricey side.
With regard to purchasing umbrellas in the North East your options are severely limited, Jules B of Jesmond offer a nice range of Barbour umbrellas, as well as a few from Paul Smith but nothing much that’s a bit different. End Clothing do have a range by the excellent London Undercover but these objects of beauty are not available in their Grainger Street emporium, only online, which is not the way I want to shop, but in this case it was the only option. So if you are going to buy an umbrella, please choose carefully, despite the fact I chosen London Undercover don’t overlook Mr Stanford because both are fine British companies that need your support.