Accessories June, 25 2012

Maglia Umbrella Company – Factory Visit

It is all too easy to take the wizardry of the umbrella for granted. Even as your head lurks below one in a rainstorm, you seldom look up and appreciate all of the hinged awesomeness that is so dutifully keeping you dry.

As a reminder of this unfolding glory, here’s a tour of the Maglia Umbrella Company—or Ombrellificio Maglia, as they call it in Milan, where the company was founded in 1854. One of the world’s oldest makers of rain deflectors, the brand employs tried-and-true methods of construction that have proven their worth over the course of more than a century.