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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. Coho

    Coho Senior member

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    Does anyone have a complete list of English Umbrella manufacturers?

    I have a black James Smith one-piece brolly, which is my "go-to" and I think represents excellent value for money, esp. considering it's cut to size. Plus, their shop is a nice place, which I think should count for something. I was tempted to buy a cane there, but realised I'd never actually use it!

    I also have a navy Versace for less formal outfits and a bent & battered but still just about functional black M&S.

    A friend has a Fox's brolly that has broken in less than two years of occasional use, so I cannot recommend them with a clear conscience.

    Straight handled umbrellas? I just don't like them.
     
  2. Mildly Consumptive

    Mildly Consumptive Senior member

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    Convenient that this thread popped up as I just received a Fox Umbrellas GS5 Calma stick umbrella with a dark green cover.

    There's a store in Toronto that sells Brigg umbrellas starting at $375cdn for stick umbrellas and going up to around $600 for solid umbrellas. Their selection was limited with only a few handle choices and, of course, black was the only choice of canopy.

    I was interested in a green canopy to go with shetland jackets and brown shoes, so placed and order with Fox Umbrellas via their internet store.

    Ten business days later my umbrella showed up in ridiculously sturdy packaging. With shipping and duty, the Fox umbrella ended up being about $25 cheaper than the Brigg, but in the handle wood and canopy colour of my choice.



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  3. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Nice thread. I have three and am having a hard time stopping at that number... DocH, what do you think of the quality of the Peerless? Is it a new one or a vintage? If anyone is interested in a black canopy Brigg, send me a pm. I'm poking around with doing some special orders on umbrellas. I can offer a better price than ClassicLuggage, but Brigg aren't cheap, so don't expect bargain basement prices. Colored canopies are also an option, but would take longer and be more expensive. Okay, I'll stop selling now. [​IMG]
     
  4. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Senior member

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    There's a store in Toronto that sells Brigg umbrellas starting at $375cdn for stick umbrellas and going up to around $600 for solid umbrellas. Their selection was limited with only a few handle choices and, of course, black was the only choice of canopy.

    Very nice umbrella, thanks for sharing the photos. What store in Toronto sells Brigg if I may ask?
     
  5. Mildly Consumptive

    Mildly Consumptive Senior member

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    Very nice umbrella, thanks for sharing the photos. What store in Toronto sells Brigg if I may ask?

    Betty Hemmings Leathergoods in Yorkville. They used to carry Tusting at their old Bloor St location, but seem to have replaced it with a Tumi store-in-store, which is kinda sad. But the Tusting range is available at the other leathergoods store like, 25 metres away.
     
  6. countdemoney

    countdemoney Senior member

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    Pretty stuff. keep the photos coming.
     
  7. gefinzi

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    A vintage croc covered thermos.
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  8. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    So far, it's pretty much been an umbrella thread. I used to be quite into canes. As to riding crops, well, I never was much into horseback riding but they were fun to use occasionally on my girlfriends back in my wilder, younger days.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    A vintage croc covered thermos.

    What a great item.

    So far, it's pretty much been an umbrella thread. I used to be quite into canes. As to riding crops, well, I never was much into horseback riding but they were fun to use occasionally on my girlfriends back in my wilder, younger days.

    I like walking sticks myself. Apparently one wears a stick rather than using one.
     
  10. LeonM

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    I have a black James Smith one-piece brolly, which is my "go-to" and I think represents excellent value for money, esp. considering it's cut to size. Plus, their shop is a nice place, which I think should count for something.

    Me too. Was flabbergasted to see Made in Italy label!

    Leon
     
  11. Holdfast

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    Me too. Was flabbergasted to see Made in Italy label!

    Leon


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    Clearly rain is not a uniquely British phenomenon, despite persistent rumour to the contrary. I remember iammatt posting some glorious Italian brollies in a previous thread.


    Anyway, a few thumbnailed pics of the Smith:

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  12. JayJay

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    BB with sterling handle (made in Italy), Black Fleece with some sort of African wood handle (made in Italy), and a Brigg with a cherry bark handle.
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  13. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Man, some great stuff showing up in this thread. I'm digging all the pics. Nice to see your Smith, HF -- seems like photos of those are a rare commodity.

    With the discussion of silk v. nylon in the other umbrella thread, I thought it might be nice to see the view from beneath three different canopies. All the pics were taken with the umbrellas pointing in the same direction, in the span of about five minutes.

    Peerless nylon:
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    Brigg nylon - notice how it blocks out more light:
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    And Fox silk:
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    What's this? Actual rain?
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    And the tips. From left, Brigg, Peerless, and a long-sought replacement from Gilbert Stuart:
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  14. m_wave

    m_wave Senior member

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    what brand is the far right?

    It looks much slimmer than the other two..
     
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    For you gents with the pretty umbrellas, how well do they hold up to wind? (like Seattle wind)
     
  16. Coho

    Coho Senior member

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    Loving all the pics. I'd like to see some Fox umbrellas if anyone has one.
     
  17. JayJay

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    For you gents with the pretty umbrellas, how well do they hold up to wind? (like Seattle wind)
    My Brigg is my go-to umbrella and thus has seen the most wind, rain, and snow. It's held up very well.
     
  18. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Doc, great pics. It's nice to see the comparison of canopies and tips.
     
  19. yfyf

    yfyf Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    This may sound like blasphemy but aren't the nice umbrellas also very heavy? I toted a friend's Brigg for a while and between that and my bag with laptop, papers, camera, my shoulders were in quite a bit of pain at the end of the day.

    Also, the curved handle umbrellas are a million times more practical. There have been innumerable times when I had to juggle things in my hands and it was so much more practical to be able to hook it onto my arm for a minute. I think the curved handle design could really stand to be improved though. For instance, if I'm eating at a counter, I like to hang my umbrella off it and if it had a squarer rubberised or textured end it would cling a lot more steadily. Also, a square handle would make it easier to lean against walls.

    Also it should double as a gun or sword depending on the laws of your locality.
     
  20. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    what brand is the far right? It looks much slimmer than the other two..
    The one on the right is a Fox. But bear in mind, the other two are stick-through umbrellas, which are naturally bulky. The Fox is a tube, so it's much slimmer.
    For you gents with the pretty umbrellas, how well do they hold up to wind? (like Seattle wind)
    One of the first times I carried my Brigg, it was in a terrible, windy storm. The guy in front of me had his umbrella turn inside out, like in a cartoon, and he had to carry it over his head like a teacup saucer. First time I'd seen it happen in real life. My Brigg was fine, though during the particularly strong gusts, I was worried the wind might wrench it from my hands. If extremely high winds are a concern, a ventilated umbrella might be more manageable.
    This may sound like blasphemy but aren't the nice umbrellas also very heavy? I toted a friend's Brigg for a while and between that and my bag with laptop, papers, camera, my shoulders were in quite a bit of pain at the end of the day.
    I don't find them particularly heavy, but I usually travel pretty light. No laptop, briefcase, etc. When carried on their own, they're a pleasure. They make a terrific walking stick.
     

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