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Stay Dry in Style: Where to Buy the Best Umbrellas in 2024

by VanityForbes
7 minutes read

We’ve all experienced it before – a rainy day and a quick stop at the store to buy the cheapest umbrella available. It does the job of keeping you dry but eventually becomes a permanent addition to your wardrobe. While some may be content with purchasing cheap items, settling for a low-quality umbrella can be a mistake. These umbrellas may appeal to impulse buyers, but they can cause problems in the future.

Have you ever seen people struggling with cheap umbrellas? Those flimsy things often turn inside out from a gust of wind or break, causing the canopy to flap down miserably. Some still need to make it from the house to the train station. If you look at a public bin on a rainy day, you’ll see a grave of discarded cheap umbrellas. It’s a sad sight indeed.

This could be you, but you’re better than that. You value the importance of a well-made umbrella, as it can help you navigate a rainy day in style without breaking down and leaving you to the elements.

Here are my favourite high quality umbrellas you can buy in 2024.


 

SENZ

Senz has innovated the traditional umbrella, addressing all of our common issues with its design. The umbrella features a unique, patented asymmetrical shape that enables it to withstand strong winds without turning inside out.

Senz Original Stormproof UV Umbrella- £59.99

Image source: Umbrella world

SENZ

Maharishi and Senz have collaborated to create an innovative umbrella that combines asymmetry with a military aesthetic. I’ve been searching for an umbrella with a crossbody strap and was thrilled to discover this collaboration.

9299MAHARISHI X SENZ ORIGINAL UMBRELLA – £85

Image Source: Maharishi

M&S

The umbrellas from Marks and Spencer are both affordable and of excellent quality. I have personally owned two M&S umbrellas for the past five years, which is a testament to their longevity. The style that I always purchase costs £19.50 and is a sturdy, automatic folding umbrella that will be your trusty companion in inclement weather. It also features Windtech technology, which sounds impressive, but I’m not entirely sure what it means.

Recycled Polyester Rubber Handle Umbrella with Windtech™

Image Source: M&S

JAMES SMITH AND SONS

I have a shop on my list that I have admired from afar: James Smith and Sons Umbrellas. It’s a store that’s entirely dedicated to selling umbrellas. If you have the chance to visit the store, you won’t be disappointed. They have umbrellas in every style, design and quality you can imagine. Prices start at around £40 for folding umbrellas. When you leave the store, you know you are going to get the best umbrella you have ever owned.

One umbrella that has caught my attention is the Knirps Umbrella. It was invented by Knirps, who have been manufacturing and developing their products since 1928. As they are the brand that invented the folding umbrella, I think it’s safe to buy a folding umbrella from them, don’t you?

Knirps Topmatic SL Wood Crook Umbrella

Image Source: JAMES SMITH AND SONS

LONDON UNDERCOVER

I first came across this brand on Instagram, where their ads kept popping up on my feed. London Undercover is a British umbrella brand that was established in 2008. They offer handmade umbrellas that are crafted using traditional techniques and the highest quality materials for exceptional durability and craftsmanship.

Maple cane crook handle – £65

quality umbrellas from London Undercover
Image Source: London Undercover

HACKETT

Perfect for travelling, an umbrella from Hackett is detailed with subtle logo on the canopy exterior. The umbrella opens with a push release button.

Folding umbrella – £6

great quality umbrellas
Image Source: Hackett

CHARLES TYRWHITT

An old friend gifted a Charles Tyrwhitt umbrella for my birthday about five years ago, and it is still in fantastic condition. I have no doubt the compact version is made with the same quality.

Union Jack Umbrella – Petrol Blue & Red – £29.95

great quality umbrellas from Charles Tyrwhitt
Image Source: Charles Tyrwhitt

BLUNT

Say goodbye to umbrella spikes with the innovative design of Blunt. This umbrella boasts superior quality materials, a unique shape, and comfortable handle. It has also been tested in extreme weather conditions.

Blunt classic umbrella – £59

quality umbrellas from Blunt
Image Source: Percival

GILLEY

With 1 billion umbrellas being thrown out every year, Reid, the founder of Gilley, dreamt up his idea of the perfect umbrella. This umbrella is your modern take on the classic accessory, boasting features like a watertight case that also works as an optional handle, windproof up to 30mph, and a reinforced fibreglass/aluminium alloy frame.

Gilley Umbrella – £49

Image Source: Gilley

Where do you usually buy your umbrellas? Do they last?

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