Section: Men's Style - Blog
With an average of 340 sunny days a year in Sydney, it’s easy to see why the umbrella for some men, has become the forgotten accessory. And with Autumn just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most stylish and expensive men’s umbrellas (doesn’t rain shields sound so much better?) that are on the market today.
Sometimes good things come in small packages and who are we to argue with Aspinals of London when they tell us that a compact umbrella is a must have item. If you have more than one suit in your wardrobe (and let’s face it, you gave to have at least three), then this little beauty will pair nicely with your navy piece. It’s solid, looks good, and is small enough to fit in your briefcase when the sun inevitably comes back out again.
Ideal for men who carry a briefcase or a bag or even those that commute on crowded trains and buses.
As the oldest umbrella shop in Europe doing business since 1830, James Smith & Sons know a thing or two about the classic umbrella. Whether it’s carved animal head handles or super slim city umbrellas, this wonderful London shop has it all and is where we found our choice for the quintessential businessman’s accessory – the black umbrella.
The Maplewood Derby is perfect for the man who strives for a classic look, and as it’s black, it will pair well with any suit in your wardrobe.
From the land of Ferraris and high fashion comes another feat of engineering and styling brilliance. Yes it’s true, the Italians really are the best at making things that not only work well, but that look amazing too. It might surprise you that this is, in fact, our favourite of the bunch as many a tailor or stylist will opine that a black umbrella such as the British piece above is the one to rule them all. But we just love the elegant stripes that for us evoke images of blazers and boating club crests. And as for that curved wooden handle? It might not be the thing of beauty that the Maplewood Derby is, but it’s still a classic style.
If you want to play it safe, then stick with the black, but if you want to strike fear into the belly of your sartorial nemesis, then this Italian foray into the world of umbrellas should be your weapon of choice.
Now we’re not for one moment advocating a sip of scotch on the way to the office, but you have to admit there’s something very secret agent about an umbrella with a hidden flask. It’s probably best to keep this one for a jaunt to the countryside or perhaps a day at the races, and if you can afford to keep a high-end umbrella like this for special days like those, then we suggest you go for it. Just be sure to bring it by the showroom to give us a look.
This ingenious contraption is available in all the colours of the rainbow, but we’d suggest white especially if you’re a dinner jacket wearing, cat-stroking Bond villain.
We already know that you’re a man of classic tastes – you’re reading this blog after all – so it’s probably time to ditch the Kmart brolly and invest in something that, just like our tailored suits, will last you a lifetime.
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