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There is no such thing as bad weather in London, just people without the right accessories.

The past few days have been fairly cataclysmic. It was a lucky coincidence, that my own, cherished, umbrella had just been refurbished by James.

I bought this special umbrella, a few years ago, and can honestly say, have never looked back… Lightweight, adorable, yet sturdy enough to withstand the worst of London weather. I chose the small ‘lady’ style umbrella, with hand finished cherry wood handle and tip. (each one is unique) This particular design is not on the website, but there are several other styles, well worth checking out. The ones from the animal heads line, are just some potential show stealers. (No real animals are hurt to make those, obviously…) Have you seen the fox head one? How can anyone resist?

A well made umbrella can enhance any ensemble and help elevate it into new heights of tres chic.

A well made umbrella can enhance any ensemble and elevate your clothes into new heights of tres chic. At James Smith, the selection is vast, and possibilities are endless. These are hand made to order. Notice the animal heads.

This is one of my favourite London shops. They specialise in umbrellas and are

One of my favourite London shops and quite a treasure find. They specialise in umbrellas and are “made in england” – worth a visit just to admire the antique shop fittings. An umbrella from James Smith makes for a superb London souvenir. But make no mistake, these are made to last! You may leave them to your children…they are a thing of true beauty.

Not just for tourists, a real shop for real London rain. And best of all they will repair your trusted brolly, so it does not become landfill material.

Not just for tourists, a real shop for real London rain. And best of all, they will repair your trusted brolly, so it does not become landfill material.

Staying stylish in London rain.

Staying stylish in London rain. Embrace the weather people!

Remaining stylish (& dry) in the rain.

This is what I call dressed for the weather….Nothing is going to stop her remaining stylish (& dry) in the rain.

Practice carrying your umbrella in style, no impelling innocent bystanders.

Practice carrying your umbrella with finesse, no impaling innocent bystanders.

Lady like umbrellas - choose yours with care and they will last a lifetime.

Lady like umbrellas – choose yours with care and they will last a lifetime. Love the fox head!

Things would have been different had she accessorised correctly...

Things would have been different had she accessorised correctly…

Dress for the weather, and accessorise with a man holding your umbrella. I have to train my LSH (long suffering husband) to perfect his technique.

Dress for the weather, and accessorise with a man holding your umbrella. I have to train my LSH (long suffering husband) to perfect his technique, but do prefer self sufficiency.

The great duchess follows on the footsteps of her mother in law. Transparent, (so we, the subjects can get a good look) Fulton umbrellas, custom made to colour co ordinate with the the outfit.

The great duchess follows on the footsteps of her mother in law. Transparent, (so we, the subjects, can get a good look) Fulton umbrellas, custom made to colour co ordinate with the royal outfit.

More accessorising posts from Lady Sarah:
How to wear pearls (the correct etiquette)
The four essential handbags  (for the contemporary lady)

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14 thoughts on “Accessorising: the London umbrella and the inevitability of rain. (How to stay chic in the rain)

  1. dottoressa

    Dear Lady Sarah ,you are reading my mind!
    I usually travel with folding umbrella,but this time was thinking of either taking my custom made burgundy umbrella (they are great accessory,no?)or buy one in London. Thank you for valuable recommendation ( and I found the fact that I have to wait four weeks very important!) Are there ready ones to buy or you have to order only?
    I like those with animal head,but prefer walking lenght! 😦
    And,please,one more advice. I may visit a hairdresser when in London. I was once at Brooks&Brooks,very good Biolustre treatement to “repair”your hair,and I like the location,too. There were 3-4 persons dealing with my hair. How to tip ( and not left a fortune,because I didn’t know do I have to tip them all,and how much?)
    Thank you,you are my London wizard and counsellor!
    Dottoressa

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    1. lady sarah in london Post author

      The umbrellas in the shop are all of sale, you can order anything not already available. I usually tip only the most downtrodden person if I feel too many people get involved with my hair. But usually my cutter does the washing so it’s not a problem.

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  2. dottoressa

    And the lady in the snow ( Miroslava Duma? I hope that the photo was not taken in London)realy needs an umbrella repair
    Dottoressa

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  3. Pret a Porter P

    DVT is the epitome of old Hollywood glamour, she even nails it with the posture if you notice the line of her leg.

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  4. Virginia

    As a Pacific Northwesterner (what a mouthful) I fully embrace the umbrella as a three-season necessity. I have a conservative navy blue to match my blue wardrobe, and a bright red for days when I need a happy color in the rain. I love that you have your own British made shop and you can have your refurbished, so very classic British! I’m jealous.

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      1. Virginia

        Oh yes, does entering James give you the feeling of being back in Victorian London? It appears thus to me! But of course you have many historical locals. In any event I’ve found their website, now I must ponder a cat head ladies umbrella, or a folding one without a head. Decisions 😄

      2. lady sarah in london Post author

        I can go and check them out for you in person. My thoughts were exactly the same about investing in a folding one. I already have a folding umbrella from longchamp (they too also offer repair service) but is not nearly as sturdy and has a tendency to “turn” if there is a strong wind.

  5. silkpathdiary

    Hello! I’ve had my Aquascutum umbrella from the early 90’s, bought from their Regent St store and I’ve used it consistently eversince, in London, the suburbs, in the desert heat as a parasol and it’s still going strong (touch wood). However, for some it seems owning an umbrella is perhaps too advanced a concept since they don’t even own a coat from what I’ve noticed – or is it just my neck of the woods? x

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