Cool umbrellas that’ll make you pray for rain!

Living in Bahrain, we don’t see much rain, so this is dedicated to our readers who actually see more rain than twice a year!

Whether you call it an umbra, bumbershoot, gamp or brolly, there’s no question that the umbrella comes in handy when you know rain is on the horizon; or, more often than not, when blue skies suddenly turn grey.

Truth be told, umbrellas have come a long way, baby, getting much needed overhauls, becoming lighter, stronger and feature-filled.

If you’re still trekking around with your ol’ faithful that barely shelters your shoulders and blows inside out, it’s time to make a worthy investment and equip yourself for the inevidable.

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The Davek umbrella might not look like much but it comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, which says something about the quality. It features a three-action button system allowing you to open and close the umbrella with the push of a button. The best part – when a gust of wind inverts the umbrella the ribs correct themselves to a closed position with another push of the button. The flexible carbon frame prevents breakage or tearing and a steel shaft provides stability. Available in two different sizes, the Solo—sized for one person— is $95 and the Duet—sized for two people— is $149 at Davek. Not bad considering you’ll never need to buy another umbrella again.

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The Senz can withstand gale force winds (winner of the Red Dot Design Award). Senz claims that the umbrella can withstand 70mph (100km/h) winds. Although we didn’t get into a wind tunnel, the asymmetrical, aerodynamic design does a good job of deflecting the wind instead of struggling with it. It’s especially useful in cities where wind tunnels down streets and sends umbrellas flying when turning the corner. Resembling an airplane wing, the Senz shape also lends itself to better visibility and the extended back end clears the back of your heels, which often get soaked with conventional umbrellas. Available from Senz for €50.

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The Swims Automatic Classic is a retro-inspired umbrella with all the latest features. Push button, auto-up/auto-down action makes it easy to operate with one arm, great for when running errands when you might be walking in and out of buildings repeatedly while carrying stuff. The movement is smooth and satisfying, opening to a generous amount of canopy. A hard rubber handle provides a soft but sturdy grip while a softer rubber tip makes it conducive to use as a walking stick. Available from Oki-ni for £39.

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Another one that’s made the rounds, but we think is pretty smart is Hiranao Tsuboi’s Stand Umbrella. The unique characteristic here is a tripod-like tip that allows the umbrella to stand on its own. This might seem like a straightforward thing to engineer, but a series of test were performed to determine optimal center of gravity and spread of the three legs so it would not only stand but also be stable. Buy it in white or black for ¥4,200 at 100%.

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The Ambient Umbrella caused quite a hubbub when it recently became available for purchase. Using AccuWeather’s info, the wireless receiver in the handle alerts users to any incoming precipitation. You won’t leave home without your umbrella again, how can you when the handle is blinking? Purchase it for $100 from Think Geek or call Ambient Devices at +1 866 311 1999

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Made of nylon the Fold and Go Umbrella by Gijs Bakker is big enough to comfortably shelter you from the rain but folds up into the sleeve that’s attached to the top, which means no more losing sleeves! The orange under side will provide a nice glow even in the gloomiest conditions keeping you happy and dry. For price and additional info, visit Eno to find retailers in France.

Source: http://www.coolhunting.com/tech/

Go tech-wild for these chic accessories

Dolce & Gabbana’s textured-leather iPhone case

Add a touch of glamour to your tech essentials with Dolce & Gabbana’s textured-leather iPhone case. With a detachable pink silk purse and dazzling bead-embellished chain strap, wear it over the shoulder or store in an oversized tote for an opulent addition to your look.  View more accessories by Dolce & Gabbana.

 

Stella McCartney’s Falabella woven faux leather iPad sleeve

Transport your technology in style with Stella McCartney’s woven faux leather iPad sleeve. With a signature chain trim and super soft faux suede
lining, it’s a glamorously contemporary must-have. View more of Stella McCartney’s accessories collection.

DKNY’s quilted leather iPhone case

Work chic hands-free style this season with DKNY’s quilted leather iPhone case. Team the gold chain shoulder strap over your favorite jacket and jeans for a nonchalantly cool weekend look. View more DKNY Apple accessories.

 

 

 

Jimmy Choo’s Ripley calf hair iPad case

Keep your treasured technology safe in style with Jimmy Choo’s leopard-print calf hair and leather iPad case. Sumptuously lined in suede, this covetable accessory will make a chic substitute for a clutch at business meetings and lunches. View Jimmy Choo’s accessories collection.

Marc by Marc Jacobs patent-leather iPad case

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ textured patent-leather iPad case is the chicest way to keep your technology safe. In classic black with gold hardware, it will look sleek carried with any outfit. View the full Marc by Marc Jacobs tech collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: www.net-a-porter.com

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