James Smith founded his umbrella firm in 1830 and the shop has been selling umbrellas in London ever since. The shop also sells ceremonial sticks and walking sticks.
With a facade that has hardly changed since the 1860s, entering this quaint old shop is like stepping back in time. Smith and Sons' staff still manufacture umbrellas using the same techniques as their predecessors in the 19th century, and still sell their canes, maces and brollies to gentry, military and royalty.
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53 New Oxford Street, Holborn, WC1A 1BL
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Fantastic. Overpriced, of course, but so fun.
Hubby bought a little foldable, probably the cheapest one in the shop. I was in love with a plaid hook handled one... The handle looked like what a hobbit would have on his umbrella. Adorable. £175, otherwise I may have been tempted.
Unfortunately, my husband's umbrella started having intermittent technical difficulties a few days later....more
If you need an umbrella, go here! Really it's that simple. You would be hard-pressed to find a larger selection of umbrellas and walking canes anywhere in London (and perhaps anywhere in the UK or quite frankly anywhere in the world). The James Smith & Sons shop is a gem of a store, cramming in nearly 200 years of umbrella making into one small shop near Oxford Street.
The sales staff are...more
I thought I'd stumbled through a time portal when I entered James Smith & Sons. It's an amazing shop. One of the clerks enlightened me to the fact that a sheleighly is a weapon, not a walking stick. Who knew?more
If you need an umbrella, go here. Totally great to be helped to find a hand made British brolly sold to you by men who have sold umbrellas for their entire lives (or at least it seems like they have done this their entire lives). Not all of us can afford to get a hand-made Aston-Martin, or a personally tailored suit...but maybe we can treat ourselves to the best umbrella ever from a real...more
James Smith & Sons is THE umbrella, stick and whip manufacturers in London. Coming here is a step back in time to an era when dandies and flaneurs roamed the streets. It's been going for over 175 years and the Victorian interior looks like it may well be the original. The vast array of beautiful hand made pieces available here are for people who like to enjoy the finer things and life are...more