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


Written by Adam TSI Byron — October 29, 2019

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