For most of us Urban Gentleman
, using or buying an umbrella has been a complete afterthought. You have probably received one as a gift at some point or used a complimentary umbrella at a nice hotel or restaurant. But today, it's time to take our style game up another notch with one very underrated accessory that is not only extremely functional but will also earn you tons of style points... THE UMBRELLA.
Here are a few tips & noteworthy brands to get you off on the right foot. [twocol_one]
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Rule #1: There are no rules, but if you want to be respected consider these others as a guide.
Rule #2: Select an umbrella that fits your build.
Rule #3: Yield the right away by raising your umbrella if you are taller or lowering it if you are shorter then the next man.
Rule #4: Never leave a wet umbrella on any type of seat.
Rule #5: Golf umbrellas are for golf, not the sidewalk. Collapsable umbrella's are acceptable for travel and must have a cool handle.
Rule #6: When entering a building, tap off the excess water & close prior to entry. Be mindful of any people around you. Place your umbrella in an umbrella stand, carry it with you or ask your host where a good resting place would be.
If you happen to be in the Seattle area be sure to check out Bella Umbrella at Pike's Place market. A great local source of stylish & vintage umbrellas (www.bellaumbrella.com
). Here are some of my favorite brands & styles: [threecol_one]Francesco Maglia
Lord Chestnut Knot Wood-Handle Umbrella: $455 (http://bit.ly/francescomaglia
Scorched Maple Solid with Stag Nose Umbrella: £324 (http://bit.ly/1N553qL
)[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]London UnderCover
City Lux Beech & Malacca-Wood Umbrella: $190 (http://bit.ly/londonundercover1
Cover Cloth Umbrella: $108 (http://bit.ly/1OruIvj
)[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]Francesco Maglia
Handmade Travel Umbrella: $265 (http://bit.ly/umbrella4)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Mario Talarico
Congo Drawn Striped Umbrella: $300-$600 (http://bit.ly/1jVW5T3