We are very proud to present our new 2021 parasols. The lead time to create our parasols is long and this spring summer 2021 collection was designed in autumn 2019.
"The designs are influenced by the excitement and challenges that were going on during that time. Looking at them now I hope they present a feeling of the best kind of summer day, when the world looks bright and full of promise, there’s the sound of laughter on the breeze, flowers are open and fragrant and there’s space for a bit of delightful eccentricity."
Designer & Founder
AUGUSTA ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL
"These parasols can transform an outdoor space in a matter of seconds, the pop of colour instantly puts you in a good mood. A parasol makes a party, makes you feel a bit glamorous and gives a sense of being on an exotic holiday faraway."
Towards the end of 2019 I produced a set of round bamboo parasols with the designer Alice Temperley for her SS2020 collection and I learned a huge amount from her: her eye and sense of colour is inspirational. She introduced me to black and I love its contrast with the bright colours. This year Augusta has a hand-painted black pattern which is very hard to do, (much harder than the metallic inks) and various parasols have black lacquer poles which ground the colouring of their pastel canopies and fringes.
Our octagonal parasol canopies are screen printed in Rajasthan, they Velcro at the corners for easy cleaning.
"The frames are handmade in Hampshire from FSC certified ash wood with our own designs of brass fittings and pulleys. They’re available in 2 and 3 metre widths"
IAIN ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL
The Iain parasol is chic and kitsch, I wanted to make a truly rock and roll parasol. The playful lip print is counterbalanced by the black pole and matching black threading inside. This is truly a statement for summer.
WOLFIE ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL
This parasol was inspired by the summery mix of olive green and pinks on the hollyhocks I walked past every day on Ockendon Road, near where I live in East London. Green and pink is the ultimate summer combination, it’s fresh, pretty and fun. The gold paint gilds the olive shade and this parasol is sunshine itself.
"The fact that the parasols are handmade is an essential element of their appeal: many of these processes cannot be mechanised without compromising the beauty and personality of the fabrics. The parasols have contrasting coloured or thread-work linings, making the insides (which you look at when sitting underneath) as striking as the outsides."
CATHERINE ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL
After the strange year of 2020 we all need a talisman and we designed the evil eye to have Mexican-inspired leafy eyes to add a bit of humour. This parasol is a beauty with the turquoise and orange combination, it’s vibrant and stylish.
HELENA ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL
"Soft and pretty, cream twill with lotus design hand-painted in gold ink."
The hand-painted gold shines against the pale fabric. She has tangerine orange threading inside, peony pink fringing with accents of black and orange tassels, perfectly complemented by the beautiful hand-carved black and gold pole.
I’ve had a home in east London for a decade and I walk every day. Nature is unfailingly inspirational and you can see the roses of de Beauvoir square in Helena.
Production and sampling have been very difficult recently. I’m incredibly grateful to the wonderful, conscientious people I’ve worked with for nearly 5 years for their hard work. These craftsmen and women are really proud of what they make and particularly love seeing photos of your parasols at home; it is joyful to share these pictures with them.