I know Seattleites aren't supposed to use umbrellas but, whatever... I've looked at a lot of rain jackets and they aren't as versatile as the classic umbrella. Typically, they only keep your upper body dry, excluding any bag you might be carrying, and the hoods only shelter well if your hair is down and not in a giant bun, as mine most often is. Umbrellas are perfect for the city-dweller who relies more on walking and public transportation, spending more time in the elements.
To prepare us for the April showers, I've gathered my favorite vintage umbrellas from some well-curated antique shops. Buying vintage is a great way to preserve history and design while also saving resources. These are unique pieces and will not only be useful, but will also serve as striking entryway decorations.
1960S PARISIAN LANVIN | 1006 OSAGE | Illinois
At first, this mid-century English one by Fulton seems very simple and low-key and then you notice the upside-down duck head handle and it becomes comically endearing. It has a very subtle and dry (hopefully) sense of humor that I really enjoy.
1930s COLOR-BLOCK Design | Once Upon a Time | San Fransisco
I just bought this simple black one from the 70s and I'm super excited to get it in the mail and start using it! The faux tortoise shell handle is super neat and I think the brass loop will make it easy and beautiful to hang up after use.
There has not been a whole lot of eco innovation in the umbrella, so I'm really glad there are still some old beauties floating around out there, waiting to be snatched up and put to use!
Cheers to a not-so-soggy Spring!
Credits: All photos of products belong to their respective shops.