Umbro & John Smedley

posted by London Undercover on 2012.07.26, under Misc


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.

This special collaboration is available from July 27th, at the start of The London 2012 Olympics. They are available at a number of select retailers and online at

Click Here to view the beautifully shot collection images, one of which features our London Map Umbrella.

Animal Head Umbrellas

posted by London Undercover on 2012.07.09, under Umbrellas

london undercover animal head umbrellas

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

LU x Staple Design Pigeon Umbrella

posted by London Undercover on 2012.07.04, under Umbrellas

London Undercover x Staple Design Umbrella

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…

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DPCU Camouflage City Gent Umbrella

posted by London Undercover on 2012.07.02, under Umbrellas


Introducing our new [Limited Edition] DPCU Camouflage City Gent Umbrella. DPCU (Disruptive Pattern Camouflage/Combat Uniform) is a five colour military camouflage used by the Australian military, also known as Auscam. It is influenced partly by early US Duck Camouflage.

The fabric on the umbrella is original military modacrylic fabric with a waterproof layer. It’s attached to a beech wood shaft & malacca wood handle. Available now but be quick, the umbrella is Limited Edition and will be available for a short time only.

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