A proper handmade umbrella from Maglia Francesco is an heirloom that can easily last longer than a generation. If the canopy wears, simply send it back to Maglia Francesco to be re-fitted or repair. While my wife and I were visiting their workshop in Milan, they were actually completely rebuilding Francesco's sister's umbrella. One that she had had for over 30 years!
Established in 1868, Fox has produced handmade umbrellas since the reign of Queen Victoria. Available in any number of colors, from yellow, lilac and aubergine to ala blue and emerald, their range today stretches from ladies’ umbrellas with a mass of frills and an elaborate tassel priced at 142 pounds, or about $230, to the more gentlemanly crutch-handle model, with a black beech shaft and fitted silver collar, for £1,202.