Rainy Day Woman Pt. 1

With the welcome rain of the last few days, I got to thinking: What is the Vacheron Constantin of parapluies?
The Boucheron of bumbershoots? The n’est plus ultra of umbrellas?

I figure that the British know a lot about damp weather, so its stands to reason that UK firm Swaine Adeney Brigg would produce the ur-umbrella. The classic men’s model is the bamboo-handled Whangee, most famously carried by actor Patrick Macnee in the 1960s TV series The Avengers.

Starting at around £185, they are an investment, but the company offers complete repair and restoration services. Buy one Swaine Adeney Brigg’s brolley and you will never have to purchase another umbrella in your life. Unless you leave it behind on public transportation. I found one on the streetcar once, but I turned it in to the lost and found.