Does anyone here have any experience with an exceptional, world-class umbrella? As a very belated birthday gift, I've been debating asking for such an umbrella. Â I'm thinking Swaine Adeney Brigg (arguably the world's finest umbrella) or something comparable (question: while in London a few years ago, I visited a different, venerable English umbrella maker that had been around for ages. Â The name now escapes me, as I'm drawing a blank- does anyone know who I'm thinking of ?) I'm wondering if anyone can report on their experiences with such an umbrella, as I decide whether such an indulgence is worth it. Â One of my fears, of course, is that I'll do what everybody else does with their umbrellas- lose it. Â At several hundred dollars per, however, that would be a concern. Â I've yet to lose my current umbrellas (a small grey Kenneth Cole and a larger Burberry) so I suspect that my knowledge of a new one's cost would be a great memory enhancer. For an example of the sort of piece I'm speaking of, think of Ralph Fiennes in The Avengers a few years ago. Â (By the way, I defy anyone in this forum to find me a more glaring example of such superb style- Fiennes' pinstriped suits, Windsor-knotted English ties, bowler hats, and Â umbrellas- within such a horrible movie. Â Generally, movies that exhibit such style- James Bond, etc.- are quite good. Â Not in this case) Thanks for your input.
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4/23/02 at 1:06pm