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How Are Chinese Paper Parasols Made?


Over at our sister site (The Stick & Cane Shop) we uploaded a rather interesting video on how crook-handled walking sticks are made, so we thought we should seek out a similar video relevant to umbrellas for our blog post this week at Brolliesgalore.

We found this superb video from Discovery Channel's programme 'How It's Made' which looks at the process involved in creating the ever popular Chinese Bamboo & Paper Parasols. From the assembly of the wooden frame to the lamination of the layers of paper used in its canopy, each paper parasol is indeed a work of handcrafted art!

So if you have a spare 5 minutes and if you have ever wondered how these lovely parasols are traditionally made, why not check out the video below!


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Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2016


Our Last Posting Dates for UK Mainland Orders:

- Standard Delivery
: Tuesday 20th December at 1pm To ensure your parcel arrives before Christmas, Royal Mail have recommended that Tuesday 20th Decemberbe the last posting date for Tracked 48 service (Cut off time for same day despatch is 1pm on Tuesday, although we will try to get as many parcels despatched as possible on Tuesday up until the courier arrives).

- Express Delivery: Thursday 22nd December at 1pm

- Next Day Interlink Express Service: Thursday 22nd December at 1pm (Cut off time for same day despatch is 1pm on Thursday 22nd December although we will try to get as many parcels despatched as possible on Thursday up until the courier arrives.)

Please Note: Make sure you give your correct mobile number so that the delivery companies can keep you informed of delivery times. They will send you a text message letting you know when to expect the delivery. Our office will be closed on Friday 23rd December but we will keep an eye on parcel tracking from home, and we can still be contacted via email at info@brolliesgalore.co.uk

For UK Highlands & Islands Orders: Tuesday 20th December To ensure your parcel arrives before Christmas, weather permitting, Interlink and Royal Mail have recommended that Tuesday 22th December be the last posting date (Cut off time for same day despatch is 1pm)

For International and EU orders: To ensure your parcel arrives before Christmas FedEx and DPD have recommended that the last International and EU orders are sent out on Wednesday 14th December (Cut-off for international same day despatch will be 12noon)
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New Lulu Guinness Umbrellas at Brolliesgalore


As we reach the end of October our minds are inevitably turning to Christmas. We have quite a lot of new stock arriving at the moment (and more to come in the next few weeks) but one range that we have just added with new designs for Autumn-Winter 2016-17 is from designer Lulu Guinness.

Lulu Guinness is renowned for her bold graphical style and minimal palette (usually black, white and red), and the new designs for this season do not disappoint! As ever these super-stylish umbrellas are manufactured by the trusted British brand Fulton, so you can be sure that you are getting an excellent quality umbrella with a cutting-edge design.

So if you are looking to update your wardrobe for the winter months, and need that final piece to bring your look together, or perhaps you are looking for a gift idea for friends or family this coming festive season, be sure to draw some inspiration from these new umbrellas from Lulu Guinness.

If you like these, why not check out the full range of Lulu Guinness designs available at Brolliesgalore?


New Lulu Guinness Umbrellas for Autumn-Winter 2016/2017

Lulu Guinness Umbrella Bloomsbury - Lips Grid

Featuring a design by Lulu Guinness and manufactured by Fulton, the Lips Grid Lulu Guinness Bloomsbury Umbrella is a stunning double canopy umbrella which features a black outer canopy and black & red lips patterned inner canopy. Lightweight high performance steel frame and fashionable red crook acrylic handle.
  • Automatic opening, lightweight high performance steel frame
  • Red crook acrylic handle
  • Length including handle 83cm
  • Span when open approx 95cm
  • Weight 530g



Lulu Guinness Tiny Folding Umbrella - Kooky Cat

If you want a more compact umbrella, check out the Kooky Cat Lulu Guinness Tiny Folding Umbrella. This manual Tiny folding Umbrella by Fulton features a trendy design by Lulu Guinness. Black & white striped canopy, with a striped, graphically-inspired design of a cat peering over one of the panels. Very compact when folded but with a full size cover when open.
  • Manual opening, lightweight aluminium/fibreglass frame, 6 ribs
  • Very compact when folded but with a full size cover when open
  • High performance polyester pongee cover
  • Length including handle 16cm
  • Span when open approx 87cm
  • Weight 170g


Lulu Guinness Birdcage - Abstract Lips - PVC Dome Umbrella

See the way ahead with the Abstract Lips Birdcage PVC Dome Umbrella featuring an iconic design by Lulu Guinness. This is a domed umbrella to cover head and shoulders manufactured by Fulton Umbrellas. Dainty purple gloss plastic and chrome metal handle. Purple trim. Patented extended runner for ease of opening and closing. Deep transparent PVC cover for ease of vision when walking. Manual frame, 8 ribs. Features a new improved fibreglass frame for added strength and durability. Glossy red crook handle.
  • Manual opening, fibreglass frame, 8 ribs
  • Patented extended runner for ease of opening and closing
  • Purple gloss plastic and chrome metal handle
  • Deep transparent PVC cover for ease of vision when walking
  • Length including handle 95cm
  • Span when open approx 79cm
  • Weight 485g
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New Umbrella Designs from Jean Paul Gaultier at Brolliesgalore


We have some fabulous new stock arriving over the next month or so as we start the countdown to Christmas. Yes, I know, I mentioned the 'C' word there, but we do like to plan in advance :)

One of the designer brands of umbrellas that we have been busy photographing and adding to our pages is the wonderfully eccentric range of walking length umbrellas from designer Jean Paul Gaultier. In a previous post we mentioned the repeat designs that we had added to our website at Brolliesgalore, but we also have some superb new designs to add too. Well, they all went 'live' on our site this week, and based on the views and interest they have generated, they are sure to be popular this Autumn season!


New Gaultier Umbrellas for Autumn-Winter 2016/2017

The new umbrella designs from Jean Paul Gaultier can be broadly separated in to two groups: our colourful range and our deluxe black range.

The colourful range by Jean Paul Gaultier features an array of beautiful canopy artwork with exquisite colours and tones. Taking inspiration from nature and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs with a French twist, these umbrellas are sure to be a hit this season.



Our deluxe black range of designer umbrellas by Gaultier is for those of you who like an umbrella that is both sumptuous and sexy. With umbrella canopies featuring textured satin, deep frills and leather effect canopies, not to mention wonderful crook handle detaling of zip metal work and deeply ruched leather, we are certain that these will either make a wonderful gift idea for that special someone this festive season, or simply be a new-year treat for yourself!



If you need an umbrella that is made to a wonderful standard using the best materials and attention to detail, then look no further than an umbrella from Jean Paul Gaultier. Available in a range of styles that are entirely unisex, these umbrellas will appeal to those of you who have a flair for the unusual and unique. So be sure to see our full range of Jean Paul Gaultier umbrellas today!
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Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrellas Back in Stock at Brolliesgalore


It has been a while since we wrote a post about our designer umbrellas, but we have taken delivery of a variety of new and existing stock for several designer brands which we will be adding to our site in the coming days and weeks. Today I thought we would focus on our range of designer Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrellas.

If you need an umbrella that is made to a wonderful standard using the best materials and exquisite attention to detail, then look no further than an umbrella from Jean Paul Gaultier. Available in a range of styles that are entirely unisex, these umbrellas will appeal to those of you who have a flair for the unusual and unique.

With a gorgeous range of Jean Paul Gaultier designs from which to choose, you are sure to find an umbrella to suit your individual tastes. We have re-stocked a few firm favourites that we outline below, and we will be adding our new Jean Paul Gaultier umbrellas for Autumn/Winter 2016/17 in the coming weeks - so keep an eye open for those! Why not check out our range of Jean Paul Gaultier umbrellas today, and treat yourself to one of these fabulous designer brollies!

Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrellas at Brolliesgalore

Cupidon Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier

The Cupidon Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier features a beautiful lady rising from beds of sumptuous flowers accompanied by numerous cupids on a glorious summers day. A trendsetting design from Jean Paul Gaultier for this automatic umbrella. Made in France.
  • Automatic opening, black metal shaft
  • Black metal frame
  • Smoked plexiglass crook handle
  • Length including handle 89cm
  • Span when open approx 96cm
  • Weight 525g




Anges Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier

Angels, cupids, doves of peace, stars and sunrays are all present in the Anges Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier to give you a heavenly firmament to walk under. In black, white and grey tones, with an automatic opening frame with a smoked plexiglass crook handle. Made in France.
  • Automatic opening, black metal frame and ribs
  • Smoked plexiglass crook handle
  • Length including handle 89cm
  • Span when open approx 96cm
  • Weight 525g



Matelot Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier


The stylish Matelot Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier features the classic Jean Paul Gaultier dark navy and white stripes with bright red flourish at the top of the canopy , with an automatic opening frame with a black plexiglass crook handle with a Jean Paul Gaultier metal badge. Made in France.
  • Automatic opening, black metal shaft & frame
  • Black plexiglass crook handle
  • Made in France
  • Clamp for table/chair and spike for sand or earth
  • Length including handle apron 89cm
  • Span when open approx 96cm
  • Weight 525g



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Gentlemen's Umbrellas for All Budgets


At Brolliesgalore we like to ensure that we keep a wide range of different styles available for our customers. We have a range to suit all budgets, from every-day umbrellas, to stylish designer umbrellas for special occasions. Also, we make sure that we have a breadth of designs for ladies, gents and children to buy online.

Today we thought we would look at a selection of men's umbrellas. We have chosen three individual brollies at a range of prices - from budget, to mid-range and, finally, high-end designer umbrellas. So whether you are looking for a less expensive umbrella to stow away in your bag or desk, or perhaps you are looking for that special high-end gift, we are sure to have the ideal gentleman's umbrella to suit your needs.

Men's Umbrellas from Budget Ranges to Designer Fashions

Tartan Mini Umbrella - Green/Navy (Black Watch)

If you are looking for a brolly on a budget that won't break the bank, why not try this Mini Folding Umbrella with Green/Navy tartan print canopy (as Black Watch). This umbrella is also available in Red (as Royal Stewart). This folding umbrella has a 3 section manual frame, 8 ribs and a black plastic handle.
  • Manual opening, 3 section frame, 8 ribs
  • Black plastic handle
  • Fabric 100% Nylon
  • Length including handle 23cm
  • Span when open approx 86cm
  • Weight 267g


Blunt Classic Umbrella - Silver Grey

In our mid-price range for men is the super-stylish Blunt Classic Umbrella in Silver Grey. This revolutionary extra-strong windproof silver grey umbrella features Blunt's trademark Radial Tensioning System, with 6 Double struts with telescopic floating ribs. This redirects, transfers and distributes tension right to the edge, where it is needed most, thereby creating an unflappable, aerodynamic windproof canopy proven on winds up to force 12 (117km/h)! Way beyond the capability of any conventional umbrella. Very generous canopy.
  • By Blunt Umbrellas
  • Easy-to-grip rubberised handle
  • Stylish tube for extra protection and storage
  • Length including handle 84cm
  • Span when open approx 120cm
  • Weight 640g


Pinstripe Umbrella by Jean Paul Gaultier

This black, gentlemen's pinstripe umbrella designed by Jean Paul Gaultier
features a sophisticated pinstripe pattern to the canopy. It also has a stylish lacquered black wooden crook handle which features a light brown iridescent nacre (mother of pearl) section where the handle combines with the shaft. This stylish designer umbrella has a manual opening mechanism.Altogether it is a very sophisticated umbrella. Made in France.
  • Manual Opening Umbrella with High Quality Metal Frame
  • Lacquered Black Crook Handle
  • Nacre section on lower shaft
  • Pinstripe canopy
  • Made in France
  • Length including handle 94cm
  • Span when open approx 86cm
  • Weight 450g
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