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post #151 of 635
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Anyone know anywhere that sells men's umbrellas for shorter people? Most places only seem to so 25" or 27" frames whereas I need something more like 21-22", the only ones I can find that are the right length are all women's ones

If money is not a big issue - have a bespoke one made.
http://www.james-smith.co.uk/
post #152 of 635
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If money is not a big issue - have a bespoke one made.
http://www.james-smith.co.uk/

Hmm, that website doesn't mention anything specifically about bespoke that I can see? Do you know how much it would cost? I guess Brigg would also do bespoke if asked but I don't really want to spend more than about £250. I'm tempted to just buy a womens one and hope nobody notices
post #153 of 635
I don't think you necessarily need one bespoke. Smith is famous for cutting the shafts to order on a lot of their umbrellas. I have ordered two over the phone, and each time they asked me my height, and then sent me what they thought was the right length. I was happy both times.
post #154 of 635
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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum View Post
Anyone know anywhere that sells men's umbrellas for shorter people? Most places only seem to so 25" or 27" frames whereas I need something more like 21-22", the only ones I can find that are the right length are all women's ones

Go to James Smith & have one cut down to your size while you wait. No upcharge, if I remember rightly.

I didn't pay attention to frame size to be honest, but I'm about 5'5" or 5'6" and got a brolly from them that's the right length for me.
post #155 of 635
I guess this is to do with how you carry it when its closed, or whether you want it as a walking stick. I have two Briggs (a 27" cherry wood solid and a 30" curved handle golfer) and tend to carry mine half way along, when they are furled, ensuring I dont stab any other pedestrians - and the big cover helps keep more rain off. Of course, heels are an issue for me as well, and depending on my shoes I can be anything from 5ft 8 to over 6ft so a ladies 21inch would be pretty petite!!

I agree though with the posters who have said that James Smith will cut to size if that is what you want...
post #156 of 635
Polished maple umbrella from James Smith & Sons that I bought on a recent trip to the UK.

The store on New Oxford:



The inside of the store, much as it was in the 1800s:



Helping me find the right umbrella:



The final product, at home:






post #157 of 635
Just curious, but how did you bring it home to the US? On my return flight from London two months ago, umbrellas were strictly verboten carry-on. The security officer seemed offended that I didn't know it was considered a dangerous weapon in the cabin. I had to check mine.
post #158 of 635
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent View Post
The final product, at home:



That's a great looking umbrella. Be careful with the handle on the tile floor though!
post #159 of 635
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent View Post
Polished maple umbrella from James Smith & Sons that I bought on a recent trip to the UK.

Very nice. Thanks for all the pics, it's great to see them.
post #160 of 635
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Just curious, but how did you bring it home to the US? On my return flight from London two months ago, umbrellas were strictly verboten carry-on. The security officer seemed offended that I didn't know it was considered a dangerous weapon in the cabin. I had to check mine.
I've found inconsistency among the airlines on carrying umbrellas on board. Unfortunately, I now leave mine at home.
post #161 of 635
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Just curious, but how did you bring it home to the US? On my return flight from London two months ago, umbrellas were strictly verboten carry-on. The security officer seemed offended that I didn't know it was considered a dangerous weapon in the cabin. I had to check mine.
The staff at James Smith (for a nominal fee) packaged the umbrella securely so I could check it with my baggage. Although British Airways did a number on the package, the umbrella came out of the box with nary a scratch.
post #162 of 635
I really need a good umbrella...
post #163 of 635
What a great thread. I wish I could get a nice umbrella, but I always end up losing them.
post #164 of 635
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What a great thread. I wish I could get a nice umbrella, but I always end up losing them.

A nice (and expensive) umbrella has a way of reminding you.
post #165 of 635
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What a great thread. I wish I could get a nice umbrella, but I always end up losing them.

I think you only lose them if they're not anything special or expensive - you're not that bothered about it so much. If you had a really nice umbrella I doubt you'd misplace it!
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