A late post from me today, as I took Mr D out for a lazy pub lunch to celebrate his birthday. One fish finger sandwich, chocolate brownie, and two pints of cider later, and I’m more ready for an afternoon nap than an in-depth blog post!
Something I have been meaning to write about for a while is the quirky umbrella company London Undercover. Many of their designs are inspired by vintage transport or traditional British foods, and even old maps. Mr D has long been drooling over their tartan-lined umbrella (being a patriotic Scot), and finally treated himself to one as an early birthday present a few weeks ago. It was worth the wait – the quality is fantastic and Mr D was so taken with it that he said ‘I want it to rain all summer now’. So we shall all know who to blame if the weather continues the way it has been lately.
Another great thing about the company is their commitment to environmentally friendly manufacturing; many of the umbrellas are made using recycled canvas fabric, recycled metal shafts & frames, biodegradeable handles and recycled packaging and tags.
I’m quite tempted to get one for myself now, and I’m still trying to decide which is my favourite design. The black and white houndstooth umbrella would be great for a mod look, but I also love the Green Line umbrella inspired by the 1960s Routemaster buses, and The Commuter, using a seating moquette pattern from a 1970s tube carriage. The most incredible is probably the London Vintage Map umbrella, which is lined with a printed 1930s map of London. I would have trouble keeping my eyes on where I was going!