An umbrella is not just a functional object, it’s also an element of style. Choosing a quality umbrella means investing in an accessory that asserts your style and personality beyond its primary function of protection. Here are a few things to consider when looking for the perfect rainy-day companion.
Ah, autumn! The sun is no longer there when you need it, temperatures and leaves are dropping, and the rain is making a comeback.
To make sure you stay dry and avoid your mood taking on water, nothing beats a good umbrella.
And when it comes to umbrellas, the Manufacture du Parapluie in Cherbourg knows a thing or two.
To find your future inseparable downpour companion, follow the advice of this living heritage company, founded in the Cotentin region (Normandy) in 1986, which has developed a French, hard-wearing and elegant hand-made umbrella in its workshops.
A shape to suit every occasion
To find a quality umbrella, you first need to consider its shape. There are two options: the cane umbrella and the folding umbrella. The cane umbrella is elegant and incomparably sturdy. It’s the preferred choice of professionals and ideal for elegant outings.
On the other hand, the folding umbrella is synonymous with convenience. Its compact design makes it easy to transport, thanks to a telescopic pole. This makes it ideal for those who are always on the move, or who like to have an umbrella close at hand.
Pay particular attention to size
The size of your umbrella determines its ability to protect you effectively. Despite their discretion and lightness, mini umbrellas offer sufficient coverage for one person. They’re ideal for those who prefer to be mobile.
Standard umbrellas, on the other hand, offer optimum protection for one or two people, while remaining relatively compact. For those looking for maximum protection, opt for a maxi-umbrella. Although they are bulkier, they are perfectly suited to cover two or more people.
Fabric: elegance and durability
The quality of an umbrella’s fabric not only impacts its aesthetic appearance, it also plays a crucial role in the accessory’s performance and durability. Among the materials used to make umbrellas, cotton stands out for its noble appearance and soft-touch texture.
However, despite its aesthetic appeal, cotton can absorb water if not properly treated, hence the importance of regular care to guarantee its waterproofing and extend its lifespan. As for polyester, it is a preferred choice for many manufacturers and end-users due to its water-resistant properties and ease of care.
What’s more, this synthetic fabric is less likely to mildew or fade after prolonged exposure to moisture. It’s a wise choice for those who want a functional umbrella without having to constantly worry about its upkeep.
Finally, silk is the epitome of luxury when it comes to umbrellas. Its refined allure and natural sheen make it a preferred choice for high-end umbrellas. Although it may require a higher initial investment, silk adds an unmistakable touch of sophistication and class.
However, it should be noted that, like cotton, silk requires special care to keep it in good condition, particularly to avoid stains which can be more visible on this delicate material.
Frame and opening type
A good umbrella relies on a solid frame. Metal frames are common and affordable, but can be susceptible to corrosion. If this option doesn’t appeal to you, you can opt for wooden frames.
Indeed, they are aesthetically pleasing. But they need special care to resist humidity. For optimum strength, carbon frames are ideal. They combine lightness, strength and flexibility.
Umbrellas can be opened either manually or automatically. While the former requires some effort to deploy the umbrella, it still offers rock-solid reliability.
Automatic opening guarantees speed and convenience. But it relies on a mechanism that can wear out over time.
Featured photo : © Le Parapluie de Cherbourg
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