Umbrellas have been around for centuries, protecting perfect heads from rain, sun and snow. Over the centuries, although there have been technological changes and advancements, there’s also a large element of umbrella design that remains the same today, and at the Umbrella Shop, we pride ourselves on creating some of the latest and greatest styles and designs. Around since 1935, our shop is proud of the history we’ve created, but we also found some interesting historical facts about umbrellas curated just for our umbrella-loving customers.
- Umbrellas first appeared in Egypt more than 3500 years ago, made with palm leaves wrapped on top of sticks. They were designed to protect the delicate heads of nobility from desert heat and seemingly unsightly tans.
- The Chinese were the first to make umbrellas out of leather in 11th century BC, therefore making them waterproof and great for rainy weather. The umbrella as we know it today was officially born!
- Europeans start using umbrellas in the first millennium.
- Traditionally, men were encouraged not to use umbrellas, as they were considered feminine. For shame! At the Umbrella Shop, we have dozens of umbrellas in patterns and styles that men will love.
- In 1880, umbrella hats are created. Let’s just say, we’re glad this trend died quickly.
- In 1928, the pocket umbrellas is invented. Now small enough to tuck into pockets and carry anywhere, rain protection is now easy as pressing a button.