A quality umbrella is definitely the choice of a smart wearer. In Finnish weather, a decent umbrella is sure to be used almost all year round. So it's worth investing in a quality umbrella, because this outfit is in use for several weeks a year. How nice it is to go in the rainy weather when you have a nice umbrella, which you are happy to take with you on a trip.
High-quality and meticulous workmanship makes this important and traditional utility tool a long-lasting aid and a good-looking and stylish accessory. Why waste time, money and nerves getting a new umbrella every year or, at worst, several times a year when you can choose for yourself a really strong and weatherproof shade that will go with you for years, possibly even through life.
From a parasol to protect from the rain
The long history of umbrellas goes back thousands of years to Egypt, where the first “parasols” were built of feathers or lotus leaves to protect the nobility from the sun. So the umbrella of gloomy weather originated from the need to protect yourself from the scorching sun.
The first slightly more umbrellas, already reminiscent of today's umbrellas, have been found in ancient China, where servants shielded the rulers from the scorching sun with silky shadows, the support structure of which was often carved from sandalwood. Only the royal families had enough room and power to use shadows made of precious and fine materials such as silk or leather when the paper versions were available to the people.
Umbrellas did not land in Europe until after the 16th century in China, and even then they were used only by noble women. Later, in the mid-18th century, through the example of Jonas Hanway, the umbrella took on its current shape and began to become more common in men’s use as well. After that, a few umbrella manufacturers appeared in England, which in fact are still operating. A couple of manufacturers to mention e.g. Founded in 1805, Britain's oldest umbrella manufacturer, Ince Umbrellas (whose shadows can be found in the range of Saarn's boutiques), and James Smith & Sons in London, which entered the market in 1830.
In 1852, Samuel Fox invented the light metal structure that had become familiar from women's corsets at the time, completely displacing the very heavy and expensive whale bone previously used in umbrellas. And that's how the new model and structure of umbrellas was born, which we still have today.
How to identify a quality umbrella?
A high-quality umbrella is recognized by its long-term and experienced manufacturer, careful craftsmanship and, of course, high-quality and durable materials.
A strong and sturdy arm with a good and firm grip is an important part of a quality umbrella. The metal arm is light carrying and gives a little flexibility, while the wooden arm is a bit heavier but very sturdy. With a quality umbrella, the shade stays firmly open and has a solid structure.
There are also differences in shade fabrics, the polyester usually used in shades is very resistant to moisture and repels water, it is light and stays clean for a long time even in heavy use. The cotton-polyester blend fabric, on the other hand, is a slightly thicker and even slightly more durable fabric that is very sturdy and long-lasting, and won't turn around in high winds.
Handmade umbrellas are a powerful thing, they have been designed and assembled with thought, time and effort, as the passer-by will notice. Even a high-quality raincoat needs careful grip. Be sure to always dry the umbrella open so that the fabric of the shade can dry on all sides.
Umbrella according to your style and needs
It is always a good idea to choose an umbrella to suit your style and needs.
The black umbrella is an absolutely functional and timeless classic, which in all its simplicity is a really stylish part of dressing and is suitable for anyone, regardless of the situation. However, if you want a slightly more personal and colorful option, choose a blue, green or even a checkered umbrella, for example. An umbrella with a checkered pattern from Scotland, for example, brings a gentleman's style to its finer touches, even for those inferior.
The metal-folding, foldable shade works great on a busy and always-on-the-go trip. The foldable umbrella takes up little space and is easy to pack for every trip. This umbrella is a great choice when practicality is important.
Under the long and woody shade, two people can easily be protected from the rain, even if necessary. The wooden arm definitely brings the last touch of style and dignity to the umbrella.
The design of the shadow must be a classic and unobtrusively stylish, it will definitely work from year to year and will never go out of style.
Tip for neat storage:
Grab the shade from above and rotate the shade down with your hands toward the bottom of the shade so that the fabric goes into place at its folds. This way you get a tight and neat shadow on the roll.
INCE Umbrellas - Britain's oldest umbrella manufacturer
The shadows of the boutique are handcrafted by Ince Umbrella and are second to none. Ince Umbrellas has been in business for six generations since 1805. A small family business in England producing the highest quality handicrafts. Their special expertise is top quality umbrellas, manufactured with respect for tradition, with complete care and craftsmanship in East London.
Ince Umbrellas is proud to hold the title of England's oldest umbrella manufacturer, constantly developing her products and bringing more stylish shades to the market.
With more than 215 years of experience, the ethical Ince Umbrellas manufactures its products from carefully considered materials, favoring local production. The best possible materials guarantee the durability and comfort of the shadows. Materials are sourced from nearby areas, ensuring and promoting a sustainable supply chain.
Ince Umbrellas has provided its customers around the world with protection from wind and blizzards for over 200 years, making strong and stylish gentlemen's umbrellas that can be proudly owned. Convinced of its product, Ince promises its customers a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.
In the boutique you will find the wonderful high-quality umbrellas of Ince Ubrella to best suit every style and situation. The black metallic or wood-colored shadow is a timeless classic. A blue or green shade brings a touch of color and freshness to clothing and gloomy weather. The umbrella also works as a kind of accessory. Discover the boutique's wide and high-quality selection of Ince umbrellas.