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.
We have collaborated with Monocle to produce this special solid Maple wood umbrella. The dark green umbrella is hand-crafted from a single piece of polished maple with a continuous shaft/handle, industrial frame and bronze ferrule.
The wood has been stained, polished and varnished. We’ve used a luxury poly fabric from Italy which is very hardwearing and repels water perfectly. The panels have been cut by hand into eight triangles in opposite directions to make full use of the fabric and allow minimum wastage. We’ve carefully stitched them together to form the canopy which is then threaded on to a very traditional, industrial-strength frame. The umbrella features a very subtle white printed Monocle logo on the outside and collaboration descriptor on the inside.
Available exclusively at Monocle shops in London, New York, Toronto and Hong Kong and online
In 1995, Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins borrowed industrial designer Raymond Loewy’s slogan, ‘You must create’ as the name of their new clothing company . YMC, as it would come to be known, took initial inspiration from work wear, the football terraces of the early 80s and American & British military wear. Since 1995, YMC has evolved into a highly significant label. They are now among the most important in modern British clothing.
YMC have come together with London Undercover to produce a set of two outstanding Navajo print umbrellas as part of their A/W 12 Collection. Each umbrella is made with a single piece of solid, dark brown Maple wood with combined shaft & handle. The Navajo External features two subtly different Navajo style prints on both the inside and out. The Navajo Internal is comprised of a deluxe Dark Navy poly cotton with the native-american inspired print on the inside. Each Umbrella includes a special collaborative wooden tag.
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Over their 88 year history Umbro have crafted clothing for a number of different sports, including a stint at the forefront of British athletics. A recent raid of their archives unearthed a fantastic vintage Umbro running vest and track sweater worn by British athletes in 1948. These pieces have been used as inspiration for an incredible collaboration with Matlock-based knitwear experts John Smedley.
The running vest and track sweater have been reimagined by Umbro & John Smedley, creating two smart, super-stylish pieces of clothing for a sporting summer wardrobe. The Field Sweater and the Tangeru Shirt take inspiration from the sporting world and current fashion trends, allowing patriotic support in a smart, stylish way.
The Tangeru Shirt has a three-button round collar. The short sleeve tee uses a 30 gauge John Smedley Sea Island cotton that’s wonderfully soft and comfortable to wear. With patriotic red, white and blue stripes proudly displayed across the chest, the shirt also features a blank white fabric patch in the centre of the chest, a reference to the team patch displayed on the original design.
Alongside The Tangeru Shirt, the Field Sweater uses an original track warm up top as inspiration. A modern interpretation that combines a distinct retro feel with a subtle contemporary touch. The sweater is crafted from a 24 gauge John Smedley Sea Island Cotton, in dark navy blue and features concealed internal cut and sew pockets with a dark navy stitch on the exterior. It also factors a double linked rib collar, mid zip detail and ribbed cuffs and hem.
The long awaited Tartan Animal Head Umbrellas are now available to Buy Online.
Available in Dog, Duck, Eagle, Fox & Rabbit heads. Each umbrella has an applicable Tartan cloth canopy sewn to our traditional industrial strength frame. All handles include an additional leather hand strap. Images of each style here