Ever since Gene Kelly splashed around with his in "Singing In The Rain," a dapper umbrella has been a distinct signifier of class and elegance as much as it has a hallmark of weather preparedness. Carry a handsome umbrella and you might as well be wearing a tux, such is the power of this classic accessory.
And we're not talking about just any umbrella, but the kind with the classic crook handle, an elegant shaft and a black canopy that enfolds beautifully overhead. The one you may be tempted to use as a cane or rest over your shoulder in its closed state while you walk. The one where you look dapper just for having it.
Our version of this classic umbrella is the Brigg Malacca, which is also widely considered to be the finest in the world. Since 1836, Swaine, Adeney, Brigg & Sons has been providing everyone from royals to rock stars with a Brigg, including the British monarchy. To many, this is an essential item of a gentleman's wardrobe. An Englishman, in particular, would have never been caught unprepared for a rain shower and to shield someone else from it if necessary.
A Brigg canopy is scaled perfectly to function at the highest standard, and the whole umbrella is crafted with the kind of understated elegance characteristic of British handiwork.
Umbrellas have made a splash over the past few years in pop culture, with celebrity handlers, song titles and music videos all featuring it prominently. As a result, they are available in every color (and nearly material) of the rainbow. But there's nothing quite like a Brigg, which itself has kept up with the times. Our favorite is the Traveler, shown here, with its detachable handle and tip. This modern update is designed for those of us who are forever on a plane and don't want to leave our favorite accessory behind. Once you have a Brigg in hand, you'll understand why.