Great quality umbrellas should be a birthright to every person living in the UK. It has become such a necessity that it has awarded itself with permanent membership in my bag.
For that reason, the umbrella that I carry – nearly all year – has to be the best quality. Here are my favourite umbrellas that will help you survive the rain.
The umbrellas from M&S are affordable and excellent quality. For the past five years, I have owned two M&S umbrellas – a credit to how long they can last.
The style that I always buy is at £19.50. For that price, you get a sturdy, automatic folding umbrella that will be your trusty companion when battling the unsavoury weather. It features Stormwear and Windtech. I have no idea what they mean, but it sounds good to me.
JAMES SMITH AND SONS
Next on my list is a shop that I have admired from afar. James Smith and Sons Umbrellas. A store dedicated to selling umbrellas. If you have a chance to pop into the store, you won’t be disappointed; there are umbrellas in every style, design and quality. Prices start around the £40 mark for folding umbrellas, when you leave the store you know you are going to get the best umbrella you have ever owned.
I am obsessed with this Knirps Umbrella. “Knirps invented the folding umbrella and have been manufacturing and developing their products since 1928.” I think it’s safe to buy a folding umbrella from the brand that invented the style, don’t you?
I discovered this brand on Instagram through the many algorithms that push adverts onto my feed. London Undercover – a British umbrella brand founded in 2008 – offers handcrafted umbrellas made “using age-old techniques”, with “the finest materials and highest quality craftsmanship”.
Make a fashion statement with a bold coloured umbrella from Hackett. Detailed with a contrast lining and a push release button, you are sure to stand out from the sea of black umbrellas.
An old friend gifted a Charles Tyrwhitt brolly 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.
Where do you usually buy your umbrellas? Do they last?