Brolly’s for the Boys

Over a lifetime, what might the typical American spend on unforgettable, disposable umbrellas? $500? $750?  Perhaps, if you live in a city with street vendors, MUCH more.  April brings more than it’s fair share of rain. The well known saying “April showers bring May flowers” goes back to 1557 and a poet named Thomas Tusser.  In his writing, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, he uses a variation on the rainy flowery theme. Today, the quest to stay dry is a bit more, shall we say, practical, functional and stylish. Umbrellas come in all styles, colors and many, not disposable!


Fed up with the dysfunctional design of the traditional umbrella? Well the founder of Blunt Designs, set out to make a better one, that won’t poke your eyes out. This high-tech model has been tested to withstand winds up to 70 mph and is made of strong materials that will last for years.


Perfect for keeping two people dry, The Davek Duet is a foldable, extra-large style. Extremely sturdy, it features a 55″ coverage arc diameter spacious canopy. With it’s 190-thread count micro-weave fabric, and unconditional lifetime guarantee, this is lightweight and perfect for travel.

Birkiland Umbuster

This umbrella with silver knuckles as a handle may come in handy when fending off obnoxious subway riders.   Attached to a small umbrella, this is far more of a conversation starter with your fellow commuters, than for keeping you dry.

Fox Sterling Silver

The sterling silver handle and black beech wood shaft umbrella from Fox, is a splurge indeed.  At about 36 inches and when opened, and is about 50 inches in diameter, the polyester fabricated beauty is made in England.

In Washington D.C., Sterling & Burke, one of the fine men’s haberdasheries. They range in price, style, detail, but the most popular color, here, and around the U.S., is black. Are you surprised?


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