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In Love with the Rain

Many people find the rain to be annoying or inconvenient. They frown at the forecast, pout at precipitation, and damn the downfall. Yes, it can be a little cumbersome to have to prepare to walk outside in wet weather, but there is something quite cozy about a cloud forming above. Walking around under an umbrella, you are almost living in your own little world. Spy a blade of grass soaking up the water, splash a little harder in that puddle if you are wearing waterproof boots. There are little bits of happiness that can come from a rainy day if you know where to look. 

This year, we are super happy about rain, umbrellas and our brolly bags, too! After a bit of decluttering, we are pleased to have a refresh of the website where you can browse our stock in four categories. Fun & Floral is our main stock, where you can browse some of our new and most popular designs. Fabulous is full of over the top designs that are perfect for the friend who has everything or the fashionista in your life. Dapper is our men’s range, launched last year, with longer designs to accommodate the umbrellas often carried by men. Finally, you’ll love combing through our Last Chance section as we clear out stock to make room for new bags in 2020. 

Be sure to browse around and give us your feedback. Also be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.Seven fabulous brolly bags

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Weddings in the Bag

In a previous blog, we discussed the luck of rain on a wedding day. That doesn’t mean that a drenched dress and fascinator are the best look, either. In the UK we have over 200,000 weddings a year, with July being the most popular month to tie the knot, despite it being the wettest month of the year! Be prepared by ensuring you provide a good supply of umbrellas for your guests.

Our Wedding brolly bags are the perfect accessory for your full look. If you can’t find something  that you like, or have a special request, we would be delighted to make you a bespoke bag to match your outfit. Drop us a line with your requirements and let us know exactly what you need to complete that perfect look. Keep the rain at bay, and look fabulous in the process.

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London Summer Season

Historically, the London Season was a time when debutantes were presented to the Royal Court for their “coming out”. Protocol required a certain dress and accessories, including three white Ostrich feathers in your hair to denote that you were a single lady. No more do we require such frivolity, but in today’s modern London Season, a little rain must fall. That in mind, you should have a proper accessory for such occasions — the London Brolly Bag! Made with a double-locked plastic interior to catch excess rainwater, this is perfect for keeping your handbag dry.

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Countdown to Father’s Day

The term “Dad” is hard to track down when it comes to the origins. Even the Oxford English Dictionary says that the origin is unknown, and chalks it up to “baby talk”. That being said, Dad is one of the first words we say, and so your Dad should be on your mind as we approach Father’s Day. Unlike Mother’s Day, it is celebrated on the same day in most of Europe and America, but has been celebrated since the Middle Ages! So you have a few weeks to get the big guy a gift, and why not treat him to something unusual, useful, and unique. Get yours ordered by the 9th June to avoid disappointment!

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Summer Collection Launch

We are excited to launch our new collection for Summer 2019. Taking inspiration from the incredible weather that we have seen here in London so far this year, with bright sunshine and just enough rain to bring the flowers out early. Our new range features flowers with an Art Deco design, still quite a popular trend as we approach the centenary of the 1920’s. We have gone with purple painter’s pallet design that incorporates our love of art, having just returned from a trip to the United States where we enjoyed beautiful artwork at the many museums of New York and Chicago. Finally, our cheerful London In Bloom bag is so bright, it will never get lost in your handbag!

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May is Photo Month

May photo month, SelfiesAs we live in a world of selfies and photos, you might like to know that May is Photo Month. It was Aristotle who began with an idea that led to the invention of the “pinhole camera”. If he were alive today, we might spot him grabbing a quick selfie as he dashed to a discussion on global warming or political discord. Of course, he’d be sporting one of our stylish brolly bags for men, as Greece gets the odd rain shower this time of year.

We would love to see your brolly bag in action — so please post your photos with your brolly bag and mention us on Instagram! @thelondonbrollybag

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George and the Easter Bunny

Easter, St Georges Day, Celebration giftEaster (21st April) is late this year and runs close to St. George’s Day (23rd April). This means you have an opportunity to enjoy Easter eggs and Hot Cross Buns together! For those of you not in the UK, hot cross buns are enjoyed on Good Friday and St. George’s flag (the flag of England) is a white banner with a red cross. So we think combining the two is an appropriate snack with a good strong cup of tea.

April showers bring May flowers, and here at The London Brolly Bag company, we are always keen for rain to fall so that we (and you) can rock your stunning and stylish brolly bags! And if flowers are what you want, our bestseller collection has plenty of floral designs. You might be able to pick one up in our limited edition section, but be quick…!

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Rain is lucky — don’t be foolish!

Rain is lucky, wet brolly dry brideHappy April Fool’s Day! Some feel that a rainy day can be a terrible omen. Not true!! Rain on a wedding day is lucky in many cultures. As April Showers begin to fall, perhaps you need to look out for signs of good luck. We have discovered a few for you.
The Chinese deem seeing bats as a lucky sign for abundant wealth, and seeing five is even more prosperous. The Irish use a four leaf clover, while the English see a horseshoe as lucky. In the United States of America, some farmers will display a star on their barn for luck. If Germans spot a ladybug, this is a good omen.
The number 8 is a lucky number in China, and most umbrellas have 8 points! The design of an umbrella has often been attempted to be improved upon, but many have failed. In fact, it is said that the US Patent Office has 120,000 entries with the word umbrella, including dog umbrellas!
But we don’t think the design needs improving. We just think you need to keep your brolly in a bag, so that the rain is trapped, and you and your belongings stay dry!
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Never forget your darling Mother

This year, Mother’s Day in the UK falls on Sunday 31 March, and each year it moves around the calendar. Why? Well, it is always celebrated for three weeks before Easter. The original meaning was not your parent, but in reference to your “mothering church”. Christians who were serving in large homes and estates (like in Downton Abbey), would be allowed time away to go back to their hometown or village to worship in their mothering church. Of course, this is also an opportunity to visit their families.

Today we celebrate our mothers by showering them with gifts and making sure they can have a nice Sunday off. Popular choices include breakfast in bed, flowers and chocolates, a handmade card, or even just a chance to not do the normal chores around the house.

Many of our brolly bags are designed with mothers in mind. After all, they are durable for the on-the-go mum, they come in a variety of colours and patterns, and they are practically perfect in every way!

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Did you know about daffodils?

Today is St. David’s Day, celebrated on the date of his death in 589 AD. He is the patron saint of Wales, and their traditional symbol is the daffodil. These flowers are part of the narcissus poeticus species, which produce alkaloids. The medical industry uses this type of in the production of galantamine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia. This flower, which symbolizes rebirth and spring, has some powerful hidden properties. But of course, the daffodil also reminds us that rain will bring flowers — so don’t forget to take your brolly! The weather forecast this time of year can change in an instant, so being prepared for a quick and sudden downpour is always wise.