Whilst in London I came across a beautiful old umbrella store called James Smith & Sons, which was established in 1830 and still retains its ye olde Victorian shop front on New Oxford St. It’s a remnant of a bygone era when every good gentleman possessed a hand-carved brolly and the ladies with their frilled parasols.

The original umbrellas were quite humble, a single palm leaf to provide a little protection from the sun. With time and across different cultures it evolved; leather umbrellas to keep off the rain appeared in Ancient China, woven leaves mixed with decorative feathers shaded the wealthy in Ancient Egypt and delicate painted oil-paper parasols in Japan.

Whilst umbrellas and parasols have faded from fashion over the centuries, I’m all for a bit of protection from the elements, especially when it comes to spending hot summer days by the seaside. I always have my vintage style beach brolly ready for those lazy afternoons dozing on the sand. Have a look at the Sun Ray and Summer Field Beach Umbrella to inject some stylish protection for your next beach visit.

Beach Umbrella Summer Field

Beach Umbrella Summer Field

$239.00

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 29, 2019

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