Friday, 4 December 2009

On the fourth day of Christmas...

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.

5 comments:

Mat said...

every gent needs a good umbrellla

Michael said...

I'd recommend James Smith & Sons for umbrellas - they do a burnt whangee umbrella of the same quality as the SAB, but at a somewhat more reasonable price

Percy said...

very nice... iv'e been wanting one of these with the torrential rain can't think of any better way to look like quite the urban gent!
-percy
also having been looking forward to the third installment of your made to measure series!

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Giancinephile said...

I am seriously convinced that when in London, I shall be getting myself one of those wooden handled umbrellas. It's a definitive MUST-HAVE.

hahahahaaa

John Flood said...

I agree that James Smith & Son on New Oxford St is the place to go for umbrellas and sticks. Good and less expensive.

It's a shame they don't do the swordsticks anymore....

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