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The umbrella, cane, riding crop and miscellaneous accessories porn thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DocHolliday, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Lucy J

    Lucy J Well-Known Member

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    Not sure I agree with your idea that a brolly is female Steve.... We ladies are always entirely charming and hardly ever high maintenance.......
     
  2. Stever174

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    Whether or not umbrellas are female Storm Katie was a really bad girl on Monday...... I was fighting my was through horizontal lashing rain and hail in the morning en route to the station but the storm force winds wrecked my new Fox golf umbrella from TM Lewin. It finished up totally inverted and looked like a flag on a flagpole - completely blown back on itself. My Drizabone was soaked and I was glad I had tied the hood on tight before leaving the house.....
     
  3. Lucy J

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    Sorry to hear that Imogen and Katie blew your Brigg and Fox golfers to destruction Steve! I didn't even try to hold an umbrella against Katie but relied on my waterproof coat, long boots and sou'wester to get me to the office that morning. Even without a brolly it was a struggle to make progress against the storm or violent storm force winds..... She certainly was a bad girl!!

    I did buy a bark chestnut Brigg solid from Henry Poole when I dropped my Longchamp off in London for repairs - very good deal at less than half price but concerning to think they rate Brigg as less good than Fox nowadays.

    I've been up in London today and fortunately had collected my Lomgchamp before the hail showers started whipping through... Hail and it's almost May!!! I guess we are pretty much through the winter storms now but doubtless we will get some of the more convective stuff before too long. They tend not to be as windy so I'm hoping for no more umbrella damage for a few months now.....
     
  4. Lucy J

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    Off to Ascot on Wednesday and it looks as though an umbrella will be essential. Forecast is for thundery downpours so definitely one of my big umbrellas rather than a little folding one. My outfit is red and black so I think it will have to be one of my black brollies so either cherry solid Brigg, bark chestnut solid Brigg or my 10 rib metal shaft James Smith. Probably a Brigg as they are 27 inch and the JS is 25 so they will give better coverage if there's a downpour......I don't think wind will be an issue but it could get squally if we have a real storm.....
     
  5. Stever174

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    Enjoy the day. I was at Ascot two or three years ago and there was a lady in the group who was using her husbands JS umbrella. Lovely pale wood handle and slim look which looked really classy and kept her dry in the showers we had that day. Unless you think it's going to be dreadful I would sacrifice the slight difference in size for the (comparative) femininity/elegance of the JS versus the Brigg, although the Brigg is also a great look.

    I wouldn't go for a golf brolly but have you considered a Fulton umbrella which I think is called a Jumbo? I've had one for a couple of years and it's a folding brolly but opens up to the size of a Stormshield. Not great in strong wind because the folding frame doesn't have enough rigidity to hold against real gusts but against heavy rain it's fine in still conditions.

    Let me know what you go for (maybe too late to get hold of a Jumbo if you don't already have one...)
     
  6. Lucy J

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    Current plan is to go with the JS for exactly the reason you describe.... Hopefully if it pours or storms we can find some shelter!! I used to have a Fulton Jumbo but it just couldn't handle the wind in Brighton. The cover is great but as you say, the frame isn't able to hold the cover if the underside of the brolly gets hit even by a moderate gust so I tended not to use it except in an emergency.. I recall it was one of the many umbrellas that were damaged or destroyed in winter 2013.....
     
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    I just got this goreogous umbrella from Alexander MQueen.
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  8. Lucy J

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    Well the James Smith did the job at Ascot. We had a couple of 5-minute downpours so I was glad I had the JS to protect my hat and dress.... We were being corporately entertained and were also all given a golf umbrella by Royal Ascot so I came home with two brollies! In fact the Ascot golf umbrella has become my "office spare" so it's sitting in the corner of my office now. Might need it tonight as they've just issued a weather warning for heavy storms later with torrential rain and "heavy hail". If that happens I will use the Ascot golf brolly instead of my Lulu Guinness birdcage which I brought with me this morning as I don't know if the PVC birdcage umbrella will be able to stand heavy hail.....
     
  9. Lucy J

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    Made it home last night with my LG birdcage before the storm hit but looking at the satellite I don't think I will be so lucky today. Big sturdy brolly looks to be essential and fortunately I have my curved handle bright blue Brigg golfer so that should survive even "large hail".....
     
  10. Lucy J

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    Blue Brigg saved me last week as the rain was tropical as I walked home. Fortunately no wind so it was just a case of holding the umbrella vertically and letting the rain cascade off it....Tricky day today as it was bright and sunny for the walk to work but heavy rain and strong winds of 30-35 mph expected later. I've got my pink summer raincoat and have brought my raspberry coloured 10rib Longchamp walking umbrella for later but if the weather is really bad I will use the Royal Ascot golf umbrella for extra protection.....
     
  11. Nikola

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    With the pound to eur record low I consider ordering a Hickory or Oak Solid at Fox Umbrella to add to my current modest collection of 2 Fox umbrellas.. Still not certain about the canopy colour. Safest bet would be black I guess, but also the most boring.

    The RS6 is lighter with a lot of detail in the graining of the wood. Hickory is one of the densest woods.
    The RS8 is much darker than the RS6 but has lovely highlights in the wood.


    http://www.foxumbrellas.co.uk/acatalog/RS6-Hickory-Solid-Umbrella.html#SID=21

    http://www.foxumbrellas.co.uk/acatalog/RS8-Oak-Solid-Umbrella.html#SID=21


    What do you think about the ash crock handle? It appears to have the thickest shaft available.


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    http://www.foxumbrellas.co.uk/acatalog/RS1-Ash-Crook-Solid-Umbrella.html#SID=21
     
  12. Steven Cash

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    I like a nice bark handle though I also prefer a solid stick where the shaft is whittled away. My only bark brolly has a green canopy with orange squares (very fine) and I think it goes very well with the rustic appearance of the handle.

    I would steer away from black purely because I associate it more with formal and a bark handle will never be as formal as malacca or leather.
     
  13. Lucy J

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    Dark green or dark brown would look good - I have a dark green hickory shafted Fox brolly and it's very "country" - bark handle would also look good. I also have a bark chestnut black Brigg which I love....
     
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    Thanks .. I am gravitating toward the dark green lately .. Do you happen to have any photo of the DG/Hickory in your computer?
     
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    What can one expect in terms of weight for a solid stick gent's umbrella, say mean (min - max), roughly speaking?
     
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    I have just weighed my only solid stick (Lemonwood) and it is 720g. My other brollies are not solid sticks but this feels the weightiest.
     
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    Thank you, Steven.
     
  18. Lucy J

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    I weighed a few of my umbrellas over the weekend with the following results

    Whangee handle Fox with metal shaft and 8 ribs. 470g
    Solid cherry Brigg with 8 ribs. 570g
    James Smith Swiss frame umbrella with 10 ribs and metal shaft. 580g
    Brigg golfer with thick metal shaft and 8 double ribs. 870g

    I was surprised that the JS was heavier than the Brigg. The metal frame means the JS is much slimmer so it feels as though it ought to be lighter. I guess it's the 10-rib construction that adds weight.

    Does anyone have any experience of so-called "travel" umbrellas . I mean the sort where you can unscrew the handle and tip so that a long umbrella will fit into a suitcase?? I have a number of business trips in the next six months starting with a flight to Edinburgh tomorrow for a couple of days of meetings. the forecasts for Wednesday is bad with "severe thunder storms and large hail" I have a folding umbrella by Fulton which opens up to golf size and will probably put that in my case for convenience rather than take a walking brolly with me but I know the Fulton will not survive much more than a moderate breeze. Of course I may be able to nab a decent brolly from the hotel but it would be good to get a reliable big brolly that I could get into my suitcase especially for. Winter trips.......
     
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  19. Lucy J

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    Sorry just realised I weighed my solid cherry Brigg and not the bark chestnut which may be a little heavier.....That's the problem when you are am umbrellaphile like me - too many to choose from.... [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  20. Veremund

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    My Francesco Maglia travel umbrella is wonderful. I'm sure I'll have it for many more years.
     

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