When it comes to life’s little luxuries, one of the most useful and maybe underrated indulgences is a custom-made umbrella not only designed to suit your aesthetic taste but crafted in proportion to your height and arm length. The fifth-generation artisans Francesco and Giorgio Maglia—brothers whose Milan shop, Ombrelli Maglia, has been producing handmade umbrellas since 1854—offer just such bespoke creations (starting at $300). Working with a stock of rare materials, the Maglias expertly shape handles and sticks in a range of woods, including maple, bamboo, and a craggy chestnut. Handles can also be covered with leather and exotic skins, and canopies come in dozens of solid colors or playful prints, such as tartan or dots. Experience this gift—the feel of a custom grip; the lyrical pitter-patter of raindrops atop a perfectly stretched umbrella canopy—and your old throwaway model won’t see another rainy day.
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