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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 Senior member

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    Heavy windblown snow in Brighton today - almost blizzard like at times. Very unusual for us to get snow here on the coast. Lots of pedestrians struggling with umbrellas against the wind which looks to be 20-30 mph. Shouldnt be a problem for my Brigg when i go out at lunchtime but I will probably need to hang on with both hands to keep the brolly shielding me....
     
  2. Lucy J

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    Was more of a problem than I had thought at lunchtime as the wind was really swirling around - not umbrella-damaging gusts but i needed to keep close control of the Brigg, and also of my trilby which was threatening to blow off several times - once the wind did actually take the hat and I had to chase it a few yards down the street!!
     
  3. Lucy J

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    Conditions deteriorating here - thick wet snow and the wind is up - gusting to 40mph according to the internet and I can believe that from looking out of the window. Umbrellas really struggling to cope - one of the girls from the office has just got back from a meeting and her brolly was completely whipped inside out at the end of our street.

    Not sure if I will be able to control the brigg and my trilby on the way home - its now definitely a day where you need two hands for the umbrella and another one for the hat - may have to leave the trilby at the office and tie my scarf over my head as I have come to the office in a winter coat that doesnt have a hood.

    Im hoping the brigg will be OK but the problem seems to be the gusts as they are really brutal when they hit... Just seen another couple of umbrellas completely blown out whilst i am typing this!

    We are now definitely at the level of "umbrella-damaging" gusts - i may have to see if i can find a spare office golf umbrella to avoid risking my brigg on the way home......
     
  4. Ich_Dien

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    Less updates on weather and more pictures of your brolly, Lucy...:D
     
  5. akatsuki

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    Whenever I see this title, my mind instantly thinks "Women with riding crop appreciation thread..." Obviously my mind is moving in dark channels.

    Anyway - Can anyone compare the Howard Yount vs Kent Wang umbrellas? Are they both Talarico?
     
  6. Lucy J

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    Nice all day and now that Im going home its gusting wind and heavy downpours. Thank goodness Ive got my big Longchamp umbrella at the office. Judging by the pedestrians outside Im going to have to hang on tight to the brolly though.....
     
  7. Trompe le Monde

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    Does anyone have either a Howard yount or Oertel umbrella?

    I'm looking at a solid/one-piece. I like that the oertel seems like it had nicer detailing with dual pearl-button closures rather than a single snap closure. And from what I can tell there's more attention paid to the fabric too.

    But the colors and patterns are plain. And what appeals from HY are the tartan patterns.

    Rain is dark and dreary already. Don't need a somber black umbrella to dampen it further.

    And buying from oertel or kirchtag or especially schirme Brigitte would be "buying local"
     
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  8. Lucy J

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    Dreadful unseasonal weather forecast here for later this afternoon and evening, so ive come to the office in my waterproof mac, rainhat, and wearing long black boots. I also have my solid stick Brigg but it may not be safe to use it, as they are forecasting torrential rain and winds between 40 and 65 mph between about 4 and 7 pm - I dont think even the Brigg will survive that...!
     
  9. David Reeves

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    Silver Brigg.

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  10. JayJay

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    David, on what occasions do you use this? Whenever it rains or on special occasions only? I have one that I bought years ago but rarely use it.
     
  11. David Reeves

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    Yeah I use it when it rains not just for special occasions. Its so nice and so expensive though that I often leave it at home. I have had it for 7 years now, maybe more, so its ended up being good value. I got my initials put on after taking it in for repair 4 years ago, its nice that they do lifetime guarantees/repairs.
     
  12. JayJay

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    I should use mine more often.
     
  13. Stever174

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    Hi Lucy - did your Brigg survive Thursday's storm? I was working in London just off Houndsditch and the worst of the weather hit just as most office workers were leaving at the end of the afternoon. I had my Brigg golfer with me and battled my way past the Gherkin and down Lime Street where the wind was really whipping around the buildings. I offered to share my umbrella with a lady - whose own big umbrella had been torn inside out - as far as her tube stop (Monument) and then really felt the worst of the wind as I tried to cross London Bridge. I was now sheltering another girl whose birdcage umbrella had just collapsed, and between us we held on tight to my Brigg (holding the shaft and the cover to try to keep it facing the storm) as we strruggled our way to the station. I really thought that the Brigg was going to blow out (or blow in) as the gusts were so violent, and the Brigg was one of the very few umbrellas that was surviving the dreadful weather. The final hundred yards or so the wind just got crazy (blowing around the Shard) swirling in all directions, and I was forced to close the Brigg as if one of those gusts had got under it, it would surely have blown out completely in a split second, so we had to run for it over the last stretch... I wonder if you had a similar interesting experience??
     
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    www.gustbuster.com

    Doesn't have a solid wood shaft, but comes with some decent color options for fabric, and most importantly, I arrive dry. In terms of functionality, these are as good as it gets.

    I had some nice English style umbrellas in the past but got tired of smelling like a wet rat when I got to the office.
     
  15. Lucy J

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    Hi Steve - long time no hear! I've had similar experiences on London Bridge but havent yet had to cope with the wind blowing the rain around the Shard. I can imagine that it gets pretty rough, and of course you used to be able to do that last bit entirely under cover but now its open to the elements. I missed the worst of last Thursday as it hadnt yet started raining when I got home, but I almost got blown away last night. I was out for a meal with three friends and when we left the restaurant about 11.15, we emerged into what was really a November-type storm. I opened my Brigg but was really struggling to keep control of it as it was being battered by the wind. Luckily, one of the guys who was with us lives near me so I closed my Brigg and we shared his Stormshield vented golf brolly (bit like you sheltering the girl across London Bridge). with both of us holding on tight to the brolly! Several times the wind blew us to a standstill and a couple of times even the Stormshield blew out but I got home without having to risk my Brigg. My friend texted me later to say that once I'd got home, he'd had to close his umbrella for the rest of his walk home, because he couldnt keep control of it by himself. I really think the Brigg would have been damaged if Id had to use it by myself - according to the Internet this morning the wind was gusting up to 55 or 60 mph. Looks calmer now - I'm just off to the office but I will definitely wear my raincoat and take one of my big umbrellas with me....
     
  16. Stever174

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    I missed the worst of Tuesday night Lucy as I was home before the wind really got up and luckily didnt have to go out again. From what I could hear and see later with the trees blowing all over the place it looked as though the squall was pretty violent... I think your Brigg would have struggled to cope with that and some of the trees near us lost some pretty big branches. A near neighbour who usually catches the same train as me was home late on Tuesday night, and she said on Wednesday morning that she hadn't even tried to use her big umbrella on the Tuesday evening as it would just have been ripped to shreds.

    The final appraoch to LB station now is going to be a nightmare in wind and rain - a real umbrella graveyard.

    Just out of interest, how many brollies do you have - I have 5 which are:
    my Brigg golfer;
    a vented golf umbrella (Stormshield - mainly for golf);
    a black walking umbrella (Huntsman by Fulton); and
    two black folding umbrellas - one is usually in my office drawer and the other in my briefcase.

    I keep wondering about getting a James Smith - do you have any experience of those?
     
  17. SHS

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    Has anyone tried a "Senz" or a "Gustbuster", or have opinions on them? How are they compared to the more traditional umbrellas with regards to winds? They are not exactly stylish, but I think it is more stylish to have a functional umbrella and stay dry, than to have a stylish umbrella that turns inside out and leaves you soaked. :)
     
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  18. JL724

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    There is no comparison in terms of function. The traditional English umbrellas also have a fairly small canopy compared to something like a gustbuster (42" vs 62"). All of the English umbrellas I had left me soaking wet from the knee down or would blow out in strong NYC storms. Are the English umbrellas nicer looking? Absolutely, but in terms of function they aren't that great and I would rather not have my nice suits / pants soaked in rain water.
     
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  19. Stever174

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    How are you measuring that 62" JL - is it the width across the canopy or something else? Here in the UK we tend to measure the circumference although I believe my Brigg golfer is a 30" which is half the width of the canopy, making it 60" all across. I can believe the bit about NYC storms - you must have some ferocious wind tunnels with those tall buildings... Have you used a Brigg golfer over there??
     
  20. SHS

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    Thanks. I have also seen some reviews that says that gustbuster is better than senz. I think the senz also looks a little too special for me. Gustbuster is perhaps the best option.
     

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