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Prime Minister’s Umbrella

March 16, 2011

One rule every man (and woman) should follow, is carrying a proper umbrella.  Now, I’m no umbrella expert, but I do know that with most things, you get what you pay for and a proper umbrella is no exception.  I’m not saying nor endorse dropping $500 on an Hermes umbrella because 1. it’s Hermes or 2. spending a lot means you’re getting the best product out there.  A quality umbrella that doesn’t look like you’re heading to the golf course shouldn’t break the bank, and in the end spending a little more  will save you countless trips and money spent on those plastic pieces of garbage from the bodega.

With no surprise, Orvis offers up a solid piece of head covering that not only keeps you dry, but looks good in action.  Encompassing the two most important characteristics, material and construction, The Prime Minister’s Umbrella (great name) has a solid wood handle and a waxed cotton covering, all held together with a reinforced frame that opens and closes with ease.  According to Orvis it’s “strong enough to withstand the wind and the blitzkrieg.”  Of course there are plenty of alternatives,  (see: Lipponcott at $325 or Burberry at $250 ), but with Orvis’ coming in at $89 you’ll have a tough time finding something better for a similar price.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. GMB permalink
    March 27, 2011 18:42

    It’s made in China. That probably accounts for the price. Which makes me wonder about the quality. No one outsources manufacture to China because the quality is better. Just saying.

  2. Yaun permalink
    April 15, 2011 10:21

    Bought it recently – winced at the made-in-China tag but justifying $300 for a french made umbrella is tough. It feels and looks sturdy. The wood colour is warmer than pictured. The waxed cotton has wonderful creasing and lines that this photo doesn’t show. Let’s see if Chicago winds can turn it inside out. If so, I’ll be back to report.

  3. September 7, 2011 15:08

    Seeing it up close, here are my gripes. It doesn’t have a matching sleeve. The band that closes it down is velcro, rather than a button and ring affair or a snap (like a James Smith would have). The details disappoint.

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