PARIS, 1705, --
Jean Marius, a purse maker by trade creates the 'modern' umbrella.
Louis XIV awards him a 'royal protection' or patent. Marius' umbrella is fabric secured to
a latticework of fragile, breakable ribs.
In the face of 3 centuries of unprecedented innovation in design, engineering and technology every umbrella today is structurally alike. From the most expensive, bespoke stick umbrellas to the smallest compact umbrellas to the so-called 'reverse' or upside down umbrellas. The exact same. Fabric secured to a latticework of fragile breakable ribs.
The first structurally new umbrella in 312 years. We thought it was about time.