My umbrella Ella ella eh eh
Some time ago the “Fashion- week” was in Paris ; the most prestigious brands made their show in the most gorgeous place of the capital; for several days&nights it was crazy everywhere, thousands and thousands of bottles of Champaigne were drunk…
…mountains of coke were sniffed by the moviestars and in the tube you might risk being squashed by a young model on her way to her next casting; a true fashion victim. I know it’s not easy to live in the most beautiful town of the world.
One evening after a show, I was waiting for my limousine and next to me, Rihanna from Barbados stood. The rain was falling from the sky and my bespoke got wet. Rihanna noticed that I was in trouble and started to sing her tune “You can stand under my umbrella Ella ella eh eh”. Thank heavens for the umbrella.
Fashion historians claim Jonas Hanway was the first man ever seen in London with an umbrella in the year 1756. Eventhough he had discovered it in Portugal, he isn’t the inventor and Portugal people no more. In fact, we found pictures of umbrellas on sculptures of old Egypt, in the old town of Ninive or Persepolis. Also in Athena and Roma you can find some umbrellas on various ancient drawings. At the beginning of the XVIII century, the coffee plantage employees protected their customers from the sun with huge umbrellas made out of leather. When if finally arrived in London years and years later, the people didn’t like it because it meant you didn’t have your own harnessing, but it quickly became very popular around the XIX century.
The first producers used whalebone and in 1880 Samuel Fox invented the stainless steel mechanism. The most prestigious umbrella brand is “Fox” created in 1868 (no relation with Samuel). This brand nowadays has a very useful website where you can order your “brolly” (surname of the black men umbrella) and have it send to you anywhere in the world for approximatively 150 euros. Another great umbrella brand is James Smith in London. It was founded in 1830 and their shop stayed in its beautiful Victorian style eversince. Another famous brand is Swaine but it’s a bit more expensive than Fox…
Finally note that if you are a true gentleman it’s always smarter to have a long stick umbrella instead of these “telescopic things” sold for few euros at the exit of the trainstations; it just looks better when offering your services to a young lady standing in the rain, Ella ella eh eh…
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