Behind the next imaginary door of our advent calendar we have the Whangee umbrella by Swaine Adeney Brigg. While we can't help but giggle at the umbrella's name, we're told that Brigg umbrellas have a Royal Warrant from Prince Charles so they're definitely doing something right. In fact, Brigg umbrellas have served Queen and Country impeccably for two hundred and fifty years. Furthermore, this London based brand also made Indiana Jones' hat, which impresses us no end.
Their website tells us: "Whangee comes from the root of a type of Bamboo, which gains its unique appearance from the constant soil erosion on a sharp gradient; exposing it to the elements. When harvested, it is sent to us where it is bleached, boiled and straightened. It is then bent into the handle attached to the unique Brigg shaft and frame".
It's classic but with just the right amount of quirk- and you can customise it by having your initials engraved. Lovely. With the weather forecast predicting heavy rain for much of the weekend we'd quite this as an early Christmas present. If we owned such an umbrella we certainly would not leave it on public transport, in fact we doubt it would leave our tight grasp.