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What kind of umbrella do you have?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by contactme_11, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. 11hr

    11hr Member

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    Any difference aside from aesthetics between the maple, chestnut, bark chestnut, hickory, and bark ash on Brigg umbrellas? Do they wear differently? I'm sick of cheap disposables, and as it looks like it's going to rain for the next six months, I think it's about time to step up and get a real umbrella.


    I have a SAB in Hickory, and it has a lot of grain contrast and darkening due to differential heating while bending. The top of the round is significantly lighter than the nob end and the start of the bend, with the inside curve being the darkest. It's a pleasing effect. I had hoped that the handle would darken or lighten with use or age, but a deep patina is unlikely to develop due to the lacquer.

    I chose hickory based on its desity and strength in addition to its looks. It isn't a chocolate swirl walnut but it is instantly recongnizable as a nice chunk of wood, rather than a varnished piece of pine or whatever.

    As far as value goes, look at classicluggage. I am not thrilled with my SAB, for the money. A $250 umbrella should be perfect.

    -11hr
     
  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Is it wrong to order a navy canopy? [​IMG]
     
  3. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    "I never buy umbrellas because there's always one around" -Tom Waits
     
  4. Associate

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    There's a bespoke umbrella maker in Napoli, name of Mario Talarico. I've contemplated ordering an umbrella this year but for some reason the website is gone. they had an extensive choice of woods and colors for the canopy. Wonder what happened.

    A more famous Italian maker is Maglia
     
  5. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

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    I have two vintage (1960s? 1970s?) Fox-frame umbrellas retailed by M&S, one whangee handle and one malacca. Both have gold-plated collars and are fairly decent items, well worth the aggregate total of five pounds I paid for them! (The wonder of charity shops.) They are still only a pale reflection of my much-loved James Smith & Sons whangee-handle that some thieving sod walked off with when I left it on the 'bus last year, though...
     
  6. Homme

    Homme Senior member

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    Wouldn't mind one of these :

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    Will this miniature be built to the quality standards of its larger brethren ?
     
  7. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wouldn't mind one of these :

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    Will this miniature be built to the quality standards of its larger brethren ?

    No.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Trilby

    Trilby Senior member

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    The $2 kind from Walmart since they tear up or get lost so fast.

    I recommend a bespoke or MTM umbrella.
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  9. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    This is the Fox Umbrella I use here in Philly. Unfortunately I cannot compare it pictorially to the Brigg umbrella I have, but the Fox is considerably slimmer and more elegant, while the Brigg is better made and uses better materials. Of course the Brigg cost about 2-3 times as much, so it should be nicer. [​IMG]
     
  10. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    I have a Paul Stuart, navy pinstripe umbrella. I've had it for 3 years now and it's one of my favorite things I own. I used to loose $10 umbrellas all the time, and trust me that you won't misplace a $200 one. It was a gift from my brother, and a perfect one at that. I love getting or giving decadent items that you'd never consider for yourself or feel guilty about buying.
     
  11. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Is it wrong to order a navy canopy? [​IMG]

    Nothing wrong with navy. Dark green can be rather smart, too, with more casual outfits.

    Brighter ladies' colours and patterns can be used if the maker has the nylons/silks and one is persistent in pairing them with a gentleman's frame. A fine umbrella really makes a dreary day more pleasant.
     
  12. topbroker

    topbroker Senior member

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    Fifteen or more years ago, the Wall Street Journal did a shopping feature on men's umbrellas and unequivocally recommended an early version of the Nike WindSheer Golf Umbrella as the finest they tested. It stood up to 75 mph in a wind tunnel! So on their recommendation, I went and bought one at a reasonable enough price. Green and black stripes, sharp-looking (the Nike name and swoosh are small and tasteful on this model), and of course quite large in diameter -- you command the sidewalk with it, and it can easily shield two from any rainstorm.

    I have carried this umbrella ever since and it has never let me down -- never once inverted, never ripped. It still has all its original end-tabs intact. It is a miracle of an umbrella -- vastly superior technologically to any other umbrella I have ever owned. I imagine that Nike has only improved it since then. It is one of the best puchases I have ever made.
     
  13. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Thanks for the answers, everyone. I now [will] have a Brigg stick umbrella in maple with a silver collar. [​IMG]
     
  14. lsquare

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    Unfortunately I don't have that kind of money to buy a Briggs umbrella. Are there any good umbrellas for about $50? Or since my budget is set so low, I mind as well go to walmart and buy a cheap black canopy umbrella?
     
  15. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    GustBusters can be had for $30 or so, sometimes less.
     
  16. amerikajinda

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    I have a Burberry (classic pattern) with wooden shaft purchased at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.
     
  17. lsquare

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    GustBusters can be had for $30 or so, sometimes less.

    Where can I purchase one? Does GustBusters come with a black canopy and wood-like colour for the handle?
     
  18. Stu

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    I have one from the bank that they gave me when I got a mortgage. it's a dammned good umbrella, cost me $300,000.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Where can I purchase one? Does GustBusters come with a black canopy and wood-like colour for the handle?

    They have a wide variety of models available. Amazon has this large one, among many others:

    http://www.amazon.com/GustBuster-Cla...sporting-goods
     
  20. Reggs

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    I have a small one I got from Nordstroms. Living in SoCal I think Ill use it as the locals do. Carry it around on cloudy days with a worried look on my face just in case, and stay home when it acctualy does rain just to be on the safe side.
     

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