If you’ve passed our Spitalfields shop in the last week you may have seen our new window which showcases our latest project with Bespoke Tailor, Timothy Everest.
In the early 90’s, Everest introduced a new generation to the joys of handmade clothing, creating investment pieces that stood out and were built to last. His apprenticeship with Tommy Nutter (the legendary iconoclastic tailor to the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the 60s and 70s) left him equivocal about the stuffiness of Savile Row, but passionate about its peerless standards of craftsmanship. “Our customers are very appreciative of the fact that we take the time to establish a relationship with them, and create something that’s for them and them alone,” . “They’re people who’ve gone beyond the dictates of high fashion and want a modern, invigorated, and not-too-reverent take on contemporary tailoring.”
Twenty years later, Everest serves clients ranging from art dealers to hedge fund managers to rock stars, who appreciate his winning combination of bespoke classicism and quirky individualism. “I see us as quintessentially British, in that we’re attuned to tradition, but at the same time there’s a willingness to play with that tradition,”. In 2010, his craft was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen, when he was awarded the MBE for services to tailoring.
Everest has recently collaborated with the likes of British Cycling labels Rapha and Brooks and now London Undercover. The umbrella features a grey herringbone outer with the infamous Timothy Everest Spitalfields flower interior. This is stitched to our heavy-duty steel frame and a beech wood stick and handle. The umbrella features a special collaboration label on the inside and is tied with a matching yellow grosgrain strap.
Together with Bloomingdale’s and Apple Corps Ltd, London Undercover celebrates 50+ years of Beatlemania in the USA. As part of a capsule collection with designs from the likes of Burberry, Drake’s, Paul Smith, Turnbull & Asser, we have designed 6 exclusive Beatles Umbrellas. The collection includes 4 Sgt. Pepper umbrellas based on the brightly coloured uniforms worn by John, Paul, George & Ringo on the album sleeve. Each include a Sgt. Pepper’s Drum skin interior.
We have also designed an Apple Umbrella with core interior inspired by the 45 vinyl labels and a Black HELP! umbrella using the original typography.
A Continuous Goldberg’s (Michael Williams & Randy Goldberg) Pop Up Flea is coming to London this weekend. It’s the first time it will be happening outside New York and we’ll be there alongside a wealth of great brands.
We were invited to make an umbrella for Fred Perry as part of their ‘Friends of Fred‘ range, an ongoing project where a selection of brands contribute pieces to sit alongside their premium Laurel Wreath Collection.
We based the umbrella on the original classic twin tipped M12 Fred Perry shirt, which has kept the same iconic styling since the 1950’s and become, almost certainly, the most significant item of clothing in British youth culture. For this reason we kept it simple.
The umbrella takes on the Navy & Ice colourway . We created it on our Classic silhouette with a continuous shaft & handle made from a single piece of Maple Wood. We added a British-made navy poly-cotton and replicated the trademark twin tipping detail from the collar and cuffs of the shirt onto a grosgrain strap. The strap ties onto an M12 Fred Perry Button.
With a strong emphasis on print and humour, design duo Agi & Sam believe that fashion should never be taken too seriously. It’s this shared view that brought the pair together with London Undercover to create a collection of 4 umbrellas to accompany their AW13 collection.
Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton have produced print for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and J.W. Anderson. Following just three catwalk shows, the duo found themselves with a British Fashion Award nomination for the Emerging Talent menswear prize. The 4 umbrellas formed part of their latest show which found itself the next day, on the front page of The Daily Telegraph.
Behind the scenes of our Umbrella Stands being made at Method Studio in Linlithgow, Scotland. Images by Graeme Hunter
With a shared passion for originality, craftmanship and traditional techniques, London Undercover have worked with Method Studio to produce this striking Oak Umbrella Stand. Handmade in Linlithgow, Scotland, the stand combinines traditional woodworking techniques with precision engineering. The shape itself is inspired by the opening of an umbrella; as the sides part and the are spokes revealed.
The stand is constructed from twelve solid oak staves, individually jointed around a specially designed waterproof upper ring and drip-tray base to create a splayed construction; allowing air to circulate and prevent rainwater from collecting in the tray. The umbrellas are gripped in place with a complex web of elastic spokes available in London Undercover’s signature orange and military green. These are threaded by hand through a series of holes in the staves.
To be wipe-clean, the stand is clear varnished and polished and features a collaboration descriptor laser-etched into the underside of the base. The end result; a beautifully crafted piece of furniture combining the old and new with a variety of materials and artisan techniques.
We wanted to release a quality folded umbrella that would combine the strength and stability of our full size models, along with the classic, traditional styling that our customer’s love. We believe we’ve succeeded.
Available in Dark Navy, Orange & Yellow, Our Whangee Cane Crook Handle Umbrellas have a solid 10-rib structure which will hold up against strong winds. The shaft is made of 2 sections, and extends from a length of 45 to 70cm. The Canopy opens to just under a meter in diameter, the perfect size for city walking. Every handle is unique as it is made from natural Bamboo.
The umbrella features subtle London Undercover branding on the snap button and inside of the outer sleeve. There is a gunmetal tip cup to keep everything tidy and a nice whangee tip which is again unique on each. All umbrella features a signature orange London Undercover button.
Mr. Bathing Ape x London Undercover Mr ABC Camo Umbrella is available now.