How many crappy, cheap umbrellas have you lost in your life or left abandoned on a street corner, inside out and mangled? Gents, the neglect for umbrellas must stop. Stylish men throughout the ages have carried umbrellas as both accessories and functional tools. You should invest in a well-made men’s umbrella in the same way you would invest in a wallet – look for quality, style, construction that’s built to last, and versatility.
Of course, while all umbrellas serve the same purpose, not all are made equal. Yes, you could opt for a boring all-black number, but where’s the fun in that? Umbrellas are brought out on dark and dreary days, so it’s your chance to inject a bit of fun and character into your look, and potentially turn heads.
As with virtually any other fashion accessory, umbrellas come in various sizes too, whether it be a small pocketable number, or a large and in charge golf umbrella that could shield an entire family. It may be that you need multiple umbrellas for different situations, and that’s something we certainly encourage. Just like white t-shirts, you can never have enough.
The best umbrellas will all have sturdy waterproof canopies, wind resistance, and at least eight ribs made out of durable yet flexible material. Optional features to look out for are an automatic umbrella that opens with a push of a button, or a double canopy for ultimate wind resistance.
We’ve rounded up the best umbrellas and best umbrella brands for men, that are all high-quality and stylish. Whether you’re after a golf umbrella, a compact umbrella, a travel umbrella, a folding umbrella – we’ve got you covered.
Based in New York City, Davek is dedicated to authentic quality. Their umbrellas are built to endure over time, and are meticulously crafted from the finest materials. Davek umbrellas combine aesthetic beauty with unsurpassed durability, and are available in a huge range of styles, sizes, and colours.
Plus, all Davek umbrellas are covered under their famous ‘Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee’: If your umbrella should fail to function properly at any time for any reason whatsoever, Davek will gladly repair or replace it for free; and if you lose your Davek umbrella, Davek will give you 50 percent off your next umbrella purchase.
Founded in 1856, Hunter is a progressive British heritage brand renowned for its iconic Original boot, and even holds several Royal Warrants. Hunter has both bubble and compact umbrella styles in their range that are completely waterproof with welded seam construction and feature hybrid frames for maximum flexibility, and matte finished curved handle for extra grip. Available in a variety of colours, Hunter’s umbrellas will keep you dry in style.
Weatherman was conceived by nationally recognized meteorologist Rick Reichmuth. After years in the field covering severe weather events, Rick couldn’t find an umbrella that met his standards. So he decided to design one himself. After years of research, sketching, testing, and more testing, Weatherman now has a huge range of stylish umbrellas that stand up to extreme weather.
The materials – from the hand-sewn panels to the fiberglass ribs – hold off 55-mph winds. Optional Bluetooth technology will track your Weatherman so you don't lose it, and the Weatherman app makes sure you don’t leave it behind. With a lifetime warranty on all umbrellas that are available in a variety of styles and colours, Weatherman makes some of the best umbrellas on the market.
London Undercover is the umbrella brand for hypebeasts who value quality. Founded in 2008, the British company promises to use only the finest materials, and sustainable ones at that, in the construction of its umbrellas. The brand has collaborated with various other fashion labels for limited edition 'brollies, including A Bathing Ape, Carhartt, Fred Perry and Vans, and have both large and compact umbrellas in their range.
ShedRain was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1946 by Meyer Blauer. Realising he could jump on an opportunity during a downpour, he purchased an umbrella repair shop and turned it into the ShedRain Umbrella Company. Since those early days, the company has expanded not only nationally, but globally, and now offers an extensive range of different designs, styles and colours of umbrella and is the only umbrella company with a U.S-based manufacturing facility.
If back-to-basics is all you're after to shield yourself from the elements, then this Elite Series 60-inch golf umbrella from All Weather will more than suffice. Sporting a huge canopy, a strong and sturdy fibreglass shaft and an auto-open mechanism, it can easily be taken wherever you're at risk of rain. It might not be as slick as some all-black designs, with its navy and white panels, but it’s pop of colour will give you a fun, bold look.
Auckland-based umbrella company Blunt is something of a revolution in the umbrella-sphere. Founder Greig Brebner had a vision to change the umbrella forever, and his patented blunt-tip design has done just that. Exhibiting a different shape to conventional umbrellas, Blunt's unique (and incredibly cool) design means they can withstand strong winds without buckling. They're available in a range of sizes and stunning colours & patterns too.
Moschino is one of the leading Italian fashion houses. Founded in 1983 became an instant hit thanks to its use of colour and eccentric designs. The company currently has over 150 boutique stores worldwide and continues to push the boundaries of modern-day fashion. For a luxury fashion house, it’s surprising they have a large selection of umbrellas but it’s unsurprising that Moschino’s umbrellas are incredibly well-made and stylish. Available in a huge variety of vibrant colours & prints, Moschino’s umbrellas are also compact; perfect for travelling.
Being the inventor of the incredibly popular Mac jacket in 1824, Scottish brand Mackintosh certainly knows a thing to two about keeping rain at bay. The original Mackintosh coat was the first to provide a completely waterproof design; meaning a Mackintosh umbrella will certainly keep you dry. Clear branding lets other people know you're important and know your fashion labels, while a range of equally sophisticated colours will up your style game.
For some of the very finest umbrellas available today, look no further than Francesco Maglia. The Italian brand has been in the umbrella making business for over a century and their mission is to justify their higher-than-expected asking price. This is usually through the materials used, which can include precious woods or even antler for the handles and mechanisms, combined with the finest waterproof fabrics for the canopy; trust us, these exquisite umbrellas are worth their price when compared to a cheap and nasty brolly.
The handle and shaft of all Francesco Maglia umbrellas are entirely handmade using centuries-old techniques, and it's because of this handworked method that makes every single Maglia umbrella slightly different from each other, so you're also paying for something genuinely unique.
British fashion label Alexander McQueen has always been a bit rebellious, even going so far as to be dubbed the "hooligan of English fashion". Founded by the late Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992, it wasn't until 2005 that a menswear collection was launched. Lately, the brand has put a strong focus on skulls in its designs across all manner of accessories, and that includes umbrellas.
All of McQueen's umbrellas feature skulls on the handle, you just have to select which colour you'd like; silver, black, or gold. All of the canopy’s are in a sleek black but feature different embossed patterns. Made in Italy, McQueen’s umbrellas are just as high in quality as they are in style.
British brand, Burberry is credited with inventing the trench coat, which has become synonymous with Britain’s wet-weather culture, and a mainstay in the wardrobe of men around the world. Of course, what really makes Burberry famous is its tartan check design, and that's exactly what you get by the bucketload with their umbrella. Rocking an all-over check pattern, it's unmistakably Burberry. The steel and fibreglass frame and shaft will help withstand windy conditions, while the branded slipcase will keep any leftover droplets from falling on other items in your bag.