Here at the Umbrella Shop, we love everything to do with umbrellas and are always crafting new ways to give our customers the best options possible. But we also know that the umbrella world extends far beyond our scope of production and design. With a New Year ushering in, we thought we’d take the time to look at where umbrellas have made the news in 2016.

Thailand Beach Umbrella Upheaval

The city of Phuket has been all over news pages as the government tries to beautify local hotspots by cracking down on beach umbrella usage currently cluttering up the sandy relaxation spots. Tourists are having their sun protection seized while those who sold umbrellas on beaches are now without employment. It’s a tricky situation without a simple solution.

Umbrella Revolution

You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard about the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution, where the yellow parasol has become a symbol of democracy when protestors stormed various locations to make themselves heard. Protestors peaked at 100,000 demonstrators, making the yellow umbrella notorious all over the world.

Umbrella Sharing Companies

2015 saw the introduction of several new umbrella-sharing companies, especially the one staged at UBC. The programs were all the rage and became very newsworthy over the last few months. We get the appeal, but we also prefer our very own model that is cherish and cared for over the years. We live on the west coast, so you can assume that any winter day will bring with it the need to pack your favourite Umbrella Shop pick!