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Design

The surprisingly weird world of Wetherspoons' carpets

Posted on 19 May 2017 at 07:58 by Anthony Teasdale in Design

This article appears in Issue 16 of Umbrella Beauty can exist in the most unlikely of places – and your local JD Wetherspoon is no exception. Turns out the famously-affordable pub chain pays particular attention to its floor coverings. Far from simp... Read more

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New book: Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters of the 1960s-’80s

Posted on 05 May 2017 at 10:51 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Thanks to its magical properties and ability to turn normal people into maniacs, alcohol really is a marvel. Russians, whose expertise in making home-made vodka in baths is known (and admired) around the world, are particularly fond of it: something that was as apparent in th... Read more

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Style

Loake 1880 Export Grade: serious shoes for serious times

Posted on 21 April 2017 at 10:59 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Trainers are the automatic footwear choice for many men, but these lightweight parcels of joy can take only so far. Sometimes you need a proper pair of shoes. And few brands do proper shoes better than Loake. At Umbrella, we’re particularly keen on the new Loake 1880 Export G... Read more

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Style

The North Face launches Japanese Capsule Collection

Posted on 12 April 2017 at 08:14 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Let’s face it: no one gets our sort of menswear better than the Japanese (apart, perhaps, from the Italians). So when we heard The North Face, whose story we told in the new issue of Umbrella, was producing a range designed in the land of the Rising Bullet Train we came over all funny. ... Read more

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Style

Armor Lux: upmarket clothing for the modern seafarer

Posted on 31 March 2017 at 12:45 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

It’s no secret that Umbrella is rather partial to marine-wear. While army chaps look like farm-hands, mariners have always dressed with elegance: sporting natty striped tops, bell-bottom trousers and storm-defeating anoraks. Whether sailors or fishermen, if you want sty... Read more




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