Category Archives: Umbrellas

Patrick Macnee (6th February 1922 – 25th June 2015), RIP

Patrick Macnee | Patrick Macnee.

I am sad to learn of the death of Patrick Macnee; one of my heroes; RIP.

Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33279566
Patrick Macnee (6th February 1922 – 25th June 2015).

http://www.patrickmacnee.com has a short history of his life.

John Steed’s Flat is a fansite about the fictional character John Steed from the British TV series THE AVENGERS which ran from 1961 – 1969 and from 1976 – 1977 as THE NEW AVENGERS. John Steed was portrayed by actor Patrick Macnee (1922 – 2015) who created an iconic character in TV history – http://www.johnsteedsflat.com

Patrick Macnee as John Steed in the Avengers, Escape in Time, 1967.

Patrick Macnee as John Steed in the Avengers, Escape in Time, 1967.

Gareth Hunt (as Gambit), Joanna Lumley (as Purdey) and Patrick Macnee (as Steed) in the New Avengers, 1976-1977

Gareth Hunt (as Gambit), Joanna Lumley (as Purdey) and Patrick Macnee (as Steed) in the New Avengers, 1976-1977.

Patrick Macnee in A View to a Kill playing Sir Godfrey Tibbett and posing as his chauffeur, 1985. Interestingly Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger; Diana Rigg played Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; and Jonanna Lumley also played in a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld's "Angels of Death").

Patrick Macnee in A View to a Kill playing Sir Godfrey Tibbett and posing as his chauffeur, 1985. Interestingly Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger; Diana Rigg played Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; and Jonanna Lumley also played in a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s “Angels of Death”).

Photograph of Patrick Macnee from http://www.patrickmacnee.com

Umbrellas made in Great Britain – Umbrellas Made in England – British Made Umbrellas, Walking Sticks and Shooting Sticks and Awnings

British Made Umbrellas, Walking Sticks and Shooting Sticks.  Umbrellas made in the UK.

An umbrella (or brolly) is used to keep off the rain or the sun. A parasol more often than not is a term used for an umbrella designed to shade people from the sun and unlike a rain umbrella may not be waterproof. Umbrellas are widely used in the UK, Japan and elsewhere. You can get full sized umbrellas, folding umbrellas, travel umbrellas and the larger golf umbrellas, plus work umbrellas and garden umbrellas.

It is generally recognised that London has been the home of the best umbrellas and walking sticks and to some extent that tradition is carried on today, although the majority of umbrellas sold in the UK are made in China nowadays.

It is sadly the case that to the best of my knowledge there are no umbrellas made entirely in the UK any longer.  There are companies like those below claiming to sell “Made in the UK” umbrellas, but actually all the umbrella frames (the key component of any umbrella) are manufactured in China.  One might take the view simply attaching a canopy or handle (neither of which are of UK origin in some cases) in the UK does not make it genuinely “Made in the UK”.

You might consider getting a vintage British umbrella from somewhere like eBay, a charity shop, an antiques shop or a car boot sale but these are often in need of rather lot of work before they might be presentable. There is a buoyant and sometimes expensive market in secondhand English umbrellas on eBay.

The following are the UK manufacturers and retailers of British made umbrellas that I know of:

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Turnbull and Asser – Made in England

Sartorial Icon: James Bond [1962 Dr No]. Notice those cuffs: Turnbull & Asser turnback button closure.

Sartorial Icon: James Bond [1962 Dr No]. Notice those cuffs: Turnbull & Asser turnback button closure.

Turnbull & Asser.

Turnbull and Asser is a shirtmaker and clothier and Royal Warrant holder established in 1885, with a beautiful flagship store on Jermyn Street in London. Now owned by Ali Al-Fayed, younger brother of Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods. They have their own factory in Gloucester, as well as using other manufacturers. An exclusive traditional outfitters, selling off-the-peg and custom made shirts, knitwear, braces, boxer shorts, scarves, pyjamas, socks, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, bow ties and ties; with the majority of items made in Britain. Note that not all their items are made in the UK, but country of origin is given on their website. Turnbull and Asser remains, quite simply, one of the best shops in London and online.

http://www.turnbullandasser.co.uk

Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London, March 2010

Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London, March 2010