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Ideas for Stocking Stuffers for Women

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Ideas for Stocking Stuffers for Women

It’s that magical time of the year again when the rooftops are covered in snow and every inch of your porch is illuminated with bright lights. As the holidays approach, you won’t have to worry about finding the best stocking stuffers for your loved ones. Stuffing them with candy and coal is a tradition in some households, but if you’re looking for something a little more thoughtful (and less naughty), we’ve got you covered.

In this blog, we explore unique stocking stuffer ideas that you can use to provide your family with practical and thoughtful gifts. 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas Fit for All the Women in Your Life

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If you’re stuck on what to get your loved ones this year, why not try having a stocking filled with unique and practical gifts that can be used all year long. Umbrellas make a great option as unique gift ideas. Not only are they useful for those sudden rain showers, but they can also be a fashion statement. If you know your loved one is always on the go, consider getting them a travel umbrella. These umbrellas are compact and can easily fit into a purse or carry-on bag. If you have a friend or family member who is always complaining about the sun in their eyes, then a sun umbrella would make the perfect gift for them. For the fashion-savvy, try getting them a Fulton Birdcage umbrella, just like the preferred umbrella of HM the late Queen Elizabeth. The clear dome shape of the Fulton Birdcage provides excellent rain protection without compromising visibility. 

As Christmas morning approaches and you start getting overwhelmed with the long list of people you need to buy presents for, you can check off stocking stuffers off your list because the perfect stocking stuffer does exist. Say goodbye to searching “best stocking stuffer ideas” online– browse through the extensive collection of Fulton umbrellas to find one that every family member will adore. 

With all the adorable umbrella designs Fulton Umbrella has to offer, you’re sure to find one that suits your recipient’s personality. Our lovely collection of umbrellas are budget friendly, and even kid-friendly. So next time you’re stumped on what to stuff those stockings with, remember that an umbrella makes a great stocking stuffer, especially for a kid’s stocking!

Find something for Everyone at Fulton Umbrellas

For the grown ups ladies and little ones in your life, Fulton Umbrellas has just the stocking stuffer you need to make their lives a little easier all year long. From stylish birdcage umbrellas to a cute heart shaped Heart Junior UV umbrella, at Fulton Umbrellas, there’s an umbrella style for everyone. 

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer that will really come in handy, why not give an umbrella? Small and lightweight, an umbrella is easy to carry around and can be used all year round. In the summer, it’s perfect for shielding yourself from the sun, and in the winter, it can help to keep you dry when the rain or snow starts to fall. Best of all, an umbrella is an affordable gift that is sure to please anyone on your list. So if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer with real utility, an umbrella is a great option to consider.

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How to Reverse Bad Luck After Opening Umbrella Indoors

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How to Reverse Bad Luck After Opening Umbrella Indoors

Even in today’s modern society, there are many superstitions that play a huge part in how we act and react in certain situations. One really popular superstition relates to opening an umbrella inside. This simple act is believed to bring bad luck and disturb your home’s good spirits. However, when you explore the reasoning and logic behind such superstitions, you can figure out why these superstitions were created in the first place.

In this blog, we explore the reasoning behind why you should not open an umbrella inside the house and how one can reverse the bad luck caused by this action.

A Look Into the Past

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The irrational belief of having bad luck after opening an umbrella indoors isn’t quite irrational if you understand where the superstition arose from. While there are many reasons why it’s bad luck to open an umbrella inside, it is believed that the superstition of not opening umbrellas indoors dates back to ancient Egypt. Back then umbrellas were made out of peacock feathers and papyrus to protect nobility from the sun. The umbrella mimicked the sun god and for this reason they were considered sacred, hence forbidden from being opened indoors in private. The belief that the sun is to be shared with everyone, so you should not open a symbol of the sun indoors.

Another popular theory claims this superstition of opening an umbrella inside started in the Victorian era in England. At the time, families were big and most people had smaller living spaces. So, opening a rigidly spoked umbrella in a small room could cause damage by shattering an object or poking another person. During this time, metal-waterproof umbrellas were becoming a popular type of umbrella, however, the spring mechanism on them was considered unsafe to open indoors. Keeping safety in mind, it soon became a popular belief that  opening umbrellas indoors invites bad luck. 

If you buy a new Fulton Umbrella  and open it indoors, you’re probably safe from bad luck ruining your day, but, just in case, here are some thoughts on how to reverse bad luck after opening an umbrella indoors.

Testing Out the Superstition of Opening an Umbrella Indoors

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Like most superstitions, there are a few people that question and test out the superstition to prove that it’s nothing but a hoax. March 13th is officially known as National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day. It is believed that opening an umbrella indoors invites ghosts, can be used to predict the arrival of difficult times, cause sleepless nights and even result in spiritual blindness. 

On this day, people are encouraged to take an umbrella and open it indoors. After this, for the next few days, they are told to note down anything bad that occurs in their lives. For some this is a way of reassuring them that this is a baseless superstition, while others believe it to be the reason they believe in unseen guardians.

How to Reverse the Luck

Whether you’ve opened the umbrella on purpose or by accident, it is still believed to cause bad luck and in order to reverse this luck there are a variety of rituals that must be followed. The two popular rituals to reverse the bad luck caused from opening an umbrella indoors are as follows: 

Replacing the Umbrella

Like most superstitions, there are a few people that question and test out the superstition to prove that it’s nothing but a hoax. March 13th is officially known as National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day. It is believed that opening an umbrella indoors invites ghosts, can be used to predict the arrival of difficult times, cause sleepless nights and even result in spiritual blindness. 

On this day, people are encouraged to take an umbrella and open it indoors. After this, for the next few days, they are told to note down anything bad that occurs in their lives. For some this is a way of reassuring them that this is a baseless superstition, while others believe it to be the reason they believe in unseen guardians.

Positive Affirmation

It is said that the position affirmation has the power to reduce the negative effects of opening an umbrella indoors. Once you have opened the umbrella, chant positive affirmations inside your home to reduce the negativity caused by your actions. 

Fulton Has You Covered!

Even if you are skeptical of the potential for bad luck after opening an umbrella indoors, there’s no harm in trying one of the potential solutions. Giving away your umbrella as a gift and buying a new one means that two people get new umbrellas! And positive affirmations can only brighten your day. 


Superstitions about umbrellas abound, and whether you believe in them or not, they make for interesting reading. Today, umbrella superstitions are more likely to be seen as amusing quirk than anything else. But whether you believe in them or not, they’re definitely part of our cultural heritage. 

We hope you enjoyed this fun, playful post about umbrella superstitions. We had a blast researching and writing it, and we hope it brought a smile to your face. Remember, whenever you need a new umbrella, Fulton has you covered!

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Learn How to Fix Automatic Umbrella At Home

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Learn How to Fix Automatic Umbrella At Home

When most people think of broken umbrellas, they think of the wind ripping through an umbrella’s canopy or flipping the canopy inside out. While this is a common occurrence, there are multiple reasons why an automatic umbrella repair may be required. One reason for this is that the mechanism that opens and closes the umbrella is generally quite delicate. 

In this post, we will learn why automatic umbrellas are so popular and how you can fix automatic umbrellas at home.

Why Should I Opt For an Automatic Umbrella?

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Automatic umbrellas are a great invention for those who are always on the go and don’t have time to mess with a traditional umbrella. With an automatic umbrella, you can simply open an umbrella at the press of a button and expose the umbrella canopy. No more fumbling around with wet hands trying to get the umbrella to open in rainy and windy weather! 

Shop the Fulton UV Umbrella collection to find eco-friendly umbrellas and totes that can protect yourself from the elements, add to your style and show your care for the environment all at the same time!

Common Issues With a Standard Automatic Umbrella

Automatic umbrellas are a great option, however, there are some downsides to using them. One of the most common issues is that automatic umbrellas lose their automatic feature after a period of time. This can be frustrating for users who have become accustomed to the ease of using such an umbrella. Over time, automatic umbrellas also tend to lose their tension, making them less reliable in high winds. Another common issue is that automatic umbrellas can be more expensive than traditional umbrellas. This is often because they are designed with an automatic mechanism that is hidden inside a button. So remember, don’t try to force open a fully automatic umbrella manually because chances are it might just need a little bit of fixing.

How do I Fix a Broken Umbrella?

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Automatic umbrellas have been around for quite a few years now, and they are a popular choice for people who want the convenience of not having to worry about opening and closing their umbrella manually. On rare occasion, umbrellas that open automatically can get stuck g. This is why we’ve got a solution for you to help fix your umbrella when the automatic mechanism stops working. 

The first step to fixing your umbrella is to check the gear mechanism. Automatic umbrellas use a series of gears to open and close the umbrella, so if one of these gears has moved out of place or is broken, the umbrella will not work properly. 

To fix your semi or fully automatic umbrella, look for the automatic release button. This button is located on the side of the umbrella and is used to open and close the umbrella. Make sure that the button is not damaged or stuck in one position. If it appears to be damaged, you can try gently pushing it with a pencil or pen. You can also repair smaller gears that have tightened up over time, inside the umbrella by lubricating them with oil. 

By following this repair process, you can fix your automatic umbrella in just a matter of minutes at home. However, if none of these solutions work, then unfortunately your only option is to buy a new umbrella. But not to worry because at Fulton Umbrellas, we’ve got a wide collection of umbrellas to help you stay dry from unpredictable weather conditions. Fulton offers limited lifetime warranty, therefore if a customer has any issues, please contact and to get assistance.

Enjoy the Company of a Quality Umbrella From Fulton Umbrellas

With versatile umbrella designs fit for everyone, including royalty, our umbrellas are the embodiment of refined style. Made from the finest quality materials and components, Fulton Umbrellas are here to last and protect you from rainy and windy weather conditions. 

Browse our extensive collection of quality umbrellas and find one that meets all your needs! Whether you’re looking for traditional or modern umbrellas, we’ve got you covered, quiet literally, as the weather changes. 

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Exploring Kate Middleton’s Fashion

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Exploring Kate Middleton’s Fashion

The British royal family truly knows how to make a fashion statement. Kate Middleton, is considered one of the most graceful and elegantly dressed Royals today. Whether it’s dressing for Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee or wearing gold earrings to match her elegant outfits during the royal tour, the Duchess of Cambridge has style moments that catch everyone’s attention. 

In this post, we explore Kate Middleton’s style and take a look at how she accessorizes her elegant outfits.

Matching the Umbrella With Her Outfit

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When it comes to the Canadian and British weather, you never know when it’ll start pouring. That’s why having an umbrella handy is always a good idea! However, a bulky-looking umbrella can ruin your outfit more than the rain. The Royal Family, and especially the future Queen Consort of England, take this dilemma into consideration before their public appearances. 

Kate Middleton uses umbrellas as an accessory to enhance her royal look. No matter the weather, Kate knows how to look her best. When it comes to accessorizing with her umbrella, Kate can be spotted opting for an umbrella that matches her outfit. During a rainy Pageant Day event, Kate wore a red-colored outfit and paired it with a red style umbrella to complete her outfit and looked flawless, even in the rain. 

Even other members of the royal family, such as Prince William and Prince Harry can be spotted using umbrellas that match their outfits. When they wear a black three-piece suit, their umbrellas are usually a dark shade of blue or black in color.

Umbrella Designs

From her famous wedding dressing in 2011 to her timeless pearl earrings, the Duchess of Cambridge has always opted for elegant accessories that make a statement. And when it comes to choosing her umbrella, there’s no exception. 

Kate Middleton style umbrellas have become all the rage and there’s no surprise why. She can be seen flaunting a clear birdcage-style umbrella that provides complete head and shoulder coverage while not having to compromise her vision. Even at red-carpet events, the Duchess wore a stunning outfit that was paired with a non-traditional umbrella. 

Kate’s outfits are often inspired by fashionable members of the royal family. Her Majesty The Queen was often spotted in a clear Birdcage Fulton umbrella with the rim of her umbrella matching the color of her outfit. Kate was also spotted using a Birdcage umbrella at special red-carpet events. Her umbrella designs enhance the appearance of her gracious outfits while serving the practical purpose of protecting her from the rain.

Fulton Umbrellas: Your One Stop Shop For Kate Middleton Style Umbrellas

At Fulton Umbrellas, we hold the royal warrant for providing the oldest to the youngest members of the royal family with beautifully crafted umbrellas. From Her Majesty The Queen to Princess Charlotte, everyone needs an umbrella and we’ve got just what they need. 

World-renowned for our quality and craftsmanship, our umbrellas are designed to provide you with the style, grace and functionality of an umbrella of the finest quality. Shop umbrellas like Kate Middleton’s today only at Fulton Umbrellas.  

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How to Fold an Umbrella

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How to Fold an Umbrella

Most people own compact umbrellas or some variation of the typical pocket umbrella, but you may not know that to elongate the lifespan and function of your umbrella, there is actually a process you should learn regarding how to fold an umbrella. That’s right; your stylish umbrella has many small elements that make this simple device susceptible to damage if you aren’t careful. 

In this post, we provide a short guide on how to fold an umbrella, so you can make sure that your high-quality Fulton umbrellas have a long life of dependable performance.

Make Sure Your Pocket Umbrella is Completely Dry

Before folding or storing an umbrella, you need to check to ensure that it is entirely free of any type of moisture. While it can be easier to carry an umbrella once it is tucked away in a bag, if you close your umbrella while it is still wet, you increase the chances of mildew or rust. 

Keep in mind that even top-quality fabric is subject to mildew growth in the right conditions and that metal umbrellas have lots of rods that are subject to rust. It is always better to leave your umbrellas drying in a corner for an extra hour than to close them too early and risk creating issues.

Folding an Umbrella

Once you are sure that your umbrella is dry, it is ready to fold. The good news is that it’s not hard to close an umbrella. If you have an automatic umbrella, you can hold the button down and push the stick back into place. Then you want to take the top of the umbrella, give it a gentle shake, and run your palm down the fabric, slowly turning the stick of the umbrella so that the fabric and rods neatly twist under your hand. It should turn easily, and you should be able to feel the shaft easily turn in a spiral to match.

Then simply button the clasp, and your umbrella can be stored in the corner of a dark closet until it is needed again. If possible, after folding your umbrella, you always want to store it in a dark location because sunlight can cause the colours to fade. This is another reason it’s not a good idea to keep your umbrella in the cabin of a car, it’s better to store umbrellas in the trunk.

Periodically Check the Fabric and Ribs

As part of good umbrella open care, from time to time, check your umbrella for problems. This is easy to do and involves a quick search for fabric tears or rips and inspecting the ribs. An umbrella that is not folded properly may start to show signs of bending or breakage in the ribs.

It's an Umbrella, Not a Walking Stick

As a quick aside, a lot of people like to use their umbrella like a cane, but that will actually damage the point and the structure of the umbrella. Resist the urge to use the handle as your walking stick and find yourself a real cane or a friend to lean on instead. Plus, if you hit the button while using it as a walking stick, you might suddenly find yourself sideways in a puddle which is certainly no fun.

Fulton: Your Source for Stylish Compact Umbrellas

Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes, but not all umbrellas are created equal. When it comes to finding an umbrella that can withstand strong wind and heavy rain, Fulton Umbrellas is the clear choice. Fulton Umbrellas offers a wide range of manual folding umbrellas and automatic umbrellas for both men and women. Each umbrella is designed with durability in mind and built to the highest standards of craftsmanship.  

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Can Umbrellas Block UV Rays?

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Can Umbrellas Block UV Rays?

When most people think of umbrellas, they think of rain. While it is true that umbrellas provide protection from the rain, umbrellas can also offer protection from the sun’s intense ultraviolet (UV) light. Exposure to excessive UV radiation can cause a great deal of skin damage, causing your skin to age prematurely and increasing your risk for health issues, such as skin cancer. 

In this post, we will explain why umbrellas with UV protection should be considered alongside sunscreen and protective clothing as part of a multi-pronged approach to protecting yourself and your skin health.

Do All Umbrellas Protect You from the Sun?

Although the answer to the question of “can umbrellas block UV rays?” is clearly yes, the truth is that not all umbrellas are designed with sun protection in mind, and even beach umbrellas are not always completely effective at preventing UV exposure. 

Anything that helps cut the glare of the sun’s harmful rays is better than nothing, but just like sun protective clothing provides more protection than a basic cotton shirt, sun umbrellas reduce UV exposure better than a run-of-the-mill umbrella.

A beach umbrella or a parasol is a great example of a typical UV umbrella, but there are fully functioning handheld umbrella options, such as Fulton’s ECO UV umbrellas, that are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabric to protect against the sun. With the right UV umbrella in hand, you can enjoy a sunny day and stay safe from the full spectrum of UV light, including UVB rays.

How to Choose the Right Umbrella for UV Protection

Of course, you can’t expect protection from the sun’s rays without the right umbrella. UV umbrellas are made with specific fabrics that block more sunlight. In addition, since they are commonly used at the beach and while on the go, they tend to be designed for portability and are more lightweight than heavy-duty rain umbrellas.

It is important to understand that even the best UV umbrella is not a replacement for sunscreen. But they do play an important role in your efforts to avoid the harmful effects of the sun.  Wearing sunscreen and setting up a UV umbrella at the beach, for instance, is one of the best ways to protect yourself. As a side note, remember to choose a sunscreen with at least SPF of 60 or higher for the most safety.

Enjoy Style and UV Protection With UV Umbrellas From Fulton

Fulton’s ECO UV umbrellas are made from recyclable materials and designed to offer protection against the harmful UV rays. You can enjoy style and sun protection while being environmentally friendly!

The Fulton brand has always been associated with high-quality handheld umbrellas and excellent craftsmanship, but now they’re taking it one step further by creating an eco-friendly products as well.

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Why is it Bad Luck to Open an Umbrella Indoors?

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Why is it Bad Luck to Open an Umbrella Indoors?

It’s interesting how some superstitions are so well known that they bother even the most reasonable people. One such example is that opening an umbrella indoors is widely associated with bad luck. How did this superstition come to be?

While the origins of many superstitions are lost to history, there are a few theories about why it’s considered bad luck to open an umbrella indoors. In this post, we will take a look back through history to shed some light on how this widespread superstition was born.

Umbrella Superstition Arose with Ancient Egyptians

Opening umbrellas inside first became a problem during ancient times when Egyptians became worried about angering the sun god. Egyptian royalty of the time was protected from the sun by umbrellas crafted carefully out of peacock feathers and papyrus. Interestingly enough, these umbrella creations were designed to keep nobles from getting too much sun, not to protect them from the rain, as most modern umbrellas are used. 

The goddess of the sky, Nut, was charged with protecting the Earth, and she supposedly was fine with nobles receiving shelter, but the shade was a sacred creation. If someone who was not noble used the umbrella, that person became a real-life embodiment of bad luck.

Don't Anger the Sun God

Another story from Egyptian civilization focuses on the wrath of the sun god instead. According to the extraordinary origins of this story, the Egyptians believed that the sun god, Ra, took insult when shade was created indoors. They believed that if an umbrella was opened inside, it would anger her since she did not like anyone attempting to create shade or a shadow where she did not shine.

For the very superstitious, that origin story might be an issue since today’s umbrellas are only used when the sun is not present – amid storm clouds and downpours.

Britons Suspicious of Opening an Umbrella Indoors

Most likely, opening an umbrella indoors became taboo in modern times back in the 18th century when umbrellas were still new. Early umbrellas were not like they are today. They were very stiff and featured spring triggers that sprung into action far too quickly; a far cry from the easy-to-use open and close mechanism on the Fulton Birdcage umbrella, a rigidly spoked umbrella springing into action in a small room could easily catch people off guard, leading to negative consequences, such as property damage in the home and potential injuries. 

So, it wasn’t so much a superstition that caused people to stop opening umbrellas indoors; it was the threat of real and present harm. Soon the threat turned into a superstition with echoes of the superstition that was first stated by the Egyptians. While there is no science to back up the claims, some people today still pause or jump back from someone who opens an umbrella indoors.

Show Some Care When Opening Umbrellas Indoors

Today, umbrellas have become everyday things that are owned by pretty much everyone. As (almost) everyone realizes these days, opening an umbrella indoors does not bring bad luck. Unless you happen to be highly superstitious, the only thing you need to worry about is accidentally knocking something over when you open an umbrella inside your home. 

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How to Close an Umbrella

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How to Close an Umbrella

No matter where you live, umbrellas are an essential part of life, whether you are trying to protect yourself from the scorching sun or stay dry on rainy days. While you can buy compact umbrellas almost anywhere, not all umbrellas have the features you need to contend with challenging conditions, such as high winds. 

When you buy Fulton umbrellas online, just as with any other product that you use on a regular basis, they require a bit of know-how to get the most from them and make sure they last for a long time. 

With that in mind, it’s worth taking a moment to learn proper umbrella care, so you can properly open or close your umbrella with ease. By doing so, you’ll increase the lifespan of your umbrella and save yourself time, hassle and money in the long run. Fulton umbrellas, for example, are made with high-quality materials and are built to last. But even the best umbrella won’t stay in good condition if it’s not cared for properly. 

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Proper Umbrella Care

The following tips are designed to help your umbrella stand the test of time. While any umbrella can function in the rain, not all umbrellas can press on for years. If you follow these tips, your umbrella just may.

Quick Umbrella Care Tips

  • Always shake your umbrella before you open it. From time to time, the ribs get lodged in the fabric, so to avoid damage, just shake it a bit so that the ribs properly push out when you extend the handle.
  • Always carry your umbrella facing the wind. This may seem obvious, but many people learn this lesson the hard way. 
  • Resist the urge to use your umbrella like a walking stick because you will likely ruin the handle and, potentially, the automatic closing mechanism.
  • Store your umbrella in a closet or dark area. People tend to leave umbrellas in their car, but the hot heat can cause the colors to fade or the umbrella to warp. Just ensure you know where it is so you aren’t caught in a frantic search when you need it.

Should You Fold Your Umbrella If It Is Wet?

  • The main function of an umbrella is to keep you dry, but that doesn’t make the umbrella immediately impervious to the effects of rain. If you happen to get caught in the rain, fight your instinct to fold your umbrella up and instead leave it open to dry.A folded umbrella will take forever to dry properly, and during that time, the moisture could become a breeding ground for mildew and mold, depending on how much time passes before opening it again. Therefore, it’s best to leave your umbrella open in the corner or hallway of your home before folding it or tucking it into a carry bag.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Folding an Umbrella

Ideally, your umbrella should be sleek and attractive when folded up. If it is bunchy or baggy, then you may want to quickly read through these instructions to see what step you are skipping.

  • First, make sure your umbrella is dry, and then gently pull all of the pleats out so that they are away from the shaft.
  • Then, place your hand around the very tip of the umbrella right under the metal point.
  • Slowly move your hand tightly down your umbrella while you twist it clockwise. This creates a neatly patterned appearance.
  • Once you reach the bottom of the handle, snap the tied band and then put your umbrella away. Next time you need it, you hopefully won’t have to struggle or push to open it again.

Treat Yourself to New Umbrellas

Now that you know how to take care of your umbrellas properly, it is time to treat yourself to a few top-notch options. Fulton umbrellas are well-known for their quality and durability, and they make a great investment for anyone who wants to keep their umbrella in tip-top shape. Fulton’s range of umbrellas includes both traditional and contemporary designs, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. 

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Who Invented Umbrellas?

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Who Invented Umbrellas?

Who invented the umbrella? The answer may surprise you – it’s not as straightforward as you think. There are a few contenders for the title, and the history of the umbrella is long and fascinating.

When Was the First Umbrella Invented?

The first recorded use of an umbrella-like device was in ancient civilizations, including Assyria, China, Egypt, and Greece, over 4,000 years ago. These early umbrellas were large and cumbersome, made from wood or bamboo, and covered with animal skins. Their primary use was for protection from the sun, not the rain. These ancient umbrellas weren’t a feminine accessory yet—despite what some images from ancient Egypt depict.

Umbrella History: From Royalty to Common Citizens

The first umbrellas were reserved for the wealthy and symbolized status. In 17th-century London, only royals and nobles would carry umbrellas. Commoners had to make do with taking a walking stick or using their coats as protection from the elements.

It wasn’t until the early 19th century that early European umbrellas became more accessible to the masses. In the early 1850s, Samuel Fox developed the steel-ribbed umbrella, which was lighter and more robust than previous umbrellas. This made a basic umbrella more practical and affordable for everyday people.

How Has the Umbrella Changed Over Time?

In the 1960s, Arnold Fulton, the Polish-born inventor, mechanical engineer and Fulton Umbrellas founder, ushered in the modern era of umbrellas with the invention of the clear-domed birdcage umbrella. Quickly adopted by HM The Queen, the birdcage umbrella represented a major evolution in umbrella design and materials. Once Fulton perfected his specialist machinery and manufacturing processes, umbrella production and quality rose to new heights. 

Umbrellas have come a long way since their early beginnings. Thanks to advances in technology and materials, umbrellas are now lighter, stronger, and more stylish than ever before. Metals, plastics, and synthetic fabrics have replaced early materials like wood and animal skin.

While the early umbrellas were large and unwieldy, today’s umbrellas are sleek and easy to carry. The new and improved compact foldable umbrella is one of the most popular umbrellas worldwide for its convenience and sleek appearance.

Fulton Diamond collection - The Asscher umbrella
Fulton Diamond collection

The Umbrella in the Modern World

Many umbrellas are available today, from the traditional manual umbrella to the modern automatic umbrella. Here are just a few of the different umbrellas you can find:

Collapsible Umbrellas

The collapsible umbrella is a “folding” or “parasol” umbrella. Foldable umbrellas have fabric attached to ribs that fold in on themselves. Sometimes called “pocket umbrellas”, small foldable umbrellas are convenient because you can easily store them when not in use. The working folding umbrella is ideal for travel.

Golf Umbrellas

These large umbrellas provide maximum coverage from the sun and rain. A golf umbrella has a large diameter, an extra sturdy frame and strong fabric canopy. These umbrellas withstand high winds and are perfect for golfers, gardeners, or anyone who spends a lot of time outside and wants maximum protection from the elements.

Fulton Titan golf umbrella
Fulton Titan golf umbrella
Fulton Diamond collection - The Radiant umbrella
Fulton Diamond collection - The Radiant umbrella

Classic Umbrellas

Classic umbrellas have a timeless design and are built to last. They feature a solid shaft, metal ribs, and a fabric canopy. They’re as much about style as they are about function. Fulton’s classic umbrellas are hand-finished and built to withstand the rigours of daily use.

Brighten Up Your Day with a Fulton Umbrella

Today, Fulton Umbrellas is at the forefront of umbrella design and innovation. This foldable pocket umbrella, for example, is perfect for those on the go. The fabric canopy is woven for strength and coated for water repellency. A foldable compact umbrella is perfect for keeping in your vehicle for an unexpected rain shower.

You don’t have to be royalty to own a sleek and modern umbrella – Fulton Umbrellas Canada has you covered – our umbrella shop has a style for everyone!

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What Umbrella Does Queen Elizabeth Use?

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What Umbrella Does Queen Elizabeth Use?

Royals from HM the Queen down to Kate Middleton have been spotted staying dry at public events thanks to a stylish and fashionable clear-domed birdcage umbrella. Sporting regal and transparent birdcage umbrellas allow royals to perform their duties while maintaining high visibility to the public, even in inclement weather, which often begs the question: “What umbrella does Queen Elizabeth use?” 

Fortunately, HM The Queen’s preferred choice of umbrella is no royal secret; it is the Fulton birdcage umbrella

In this article, we will explore some of the histories behind Fulton umbrellas, and how they came to be the preferred choice of HM The Queen and so many other members of the Royal Family. 

Fulton Birdcage umbrella

What is Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Umbrella?

HM Queen Elizabeth prefers bespoke Fulton umbrellas. The Queen Mother was known for her careful colour coordination, a trait Queen Elizabeth has taken great pains to carry on. Every year, the Queen’s dress maker sends swatches of colour to Fulton so that it can create a line of clear umbrellas with a line of colour that will match every outfit the Queen wears for the rest of the year. This extra step is why all of the Queen’s umbrellas match her Royal Ascot and every other item she wears.

The result is absolutely charming, and a lot of great press for the Fulton birdcage umbrella, which has plenty of other royal fans throughout Buckingham Palace, including TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Fulton Umbrellas Have Earned their Royal Warrant

Established in 1956, Fulton Umbrellas is the largest supplier of umbrellas and rainwear in the United Kingdom today. While Fulton has been providing the Royal Family with its trademarked birdcage umbrellas for decades, it officially obtained its royal warrant of appointment in 2008. 

This mark of recognition is issued to those who supply the Royal Court or members of the Royal Family with goods or services, serving as a testament to the company’s superior quality products and excellent service. Its willingness to work with the royal family and produce samples for its most famous customer instantly endeared it to the public. 

Fulton Umbrellas remains synonymous with quality and elegance, and the company continues to be a leading supplier of umbrellas to royals and celebrities alike. The birdcage umbrella is Fulton’s most iconic design, and it has been featured in numerous films and television shows over the years.

Fit for a Queen: More About Queen Elizabeth’s Umbrellas

Fulton aims to brighten the day of its British and Canadian clients by creating umbrellas and rainwear that stand both the test of time and the rainy climates. Quality is the cornerstone of Fulton’s success and why Queen Elizabeth has always preferred high-visibility birdcage umbrellas.

While you may not be able to perfectly coordinate your daily outfits to Birdcage umbrellas quite as perfectly as HM The Queen, Fulton offers a wonderful choice of color schemes and many pattern references. With models designed for men, women, and children, Fulton Umbrellas has got the whole family covered.