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.
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.
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.
Available to Buy Now
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
Staple Design was founded in NYC by Jeff Ng (aka Jeff Staple). Staple gained itself a considerable following as an underground streetwear company and opened it’s own retail store / art gallery, Reed Space in 2002. Perhaps their most famous product were the NYC Pigeon Dunks, a pair of trainers produced in collaboration with Nike. There were only around 200 pairs released exclusively at the store in New York. The release famously caused huge riots.
A few years ago in Paris, Jamie was introduced to Jeff. After much Pigeon discussion, the two decided to put a Staple, NY twist on the LU London Pigeon Monogram umbrella. This is the result…