The Umbrella Workshop Tree Planting ECO Initiative

The Umbrella Workshop’s Ongoing Initiative

In the pursuit of a sustainable future, The Umbrella Workshop takes a giant leap forward by implementing an innovative strategy to offset the carbon footprin associated with shipping our products. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is not just a statement; it’s a tangible action that aligns with our values and vision for a greener planet. We’re planting trees in Yorkshire with Make it Wild. They absorb carbon, produce oxygen, and support insects, birds, and small mammals – and will do so for decades to come.

The Amazing Influence of Trees

Establishing woodland is an exceptional method to foster a substantial surge in biodiversity. Once the trees take root, the absence of mowing or grazing permits the grass between them to flourish, leading to an uptick in mice and voles, offering a bountiful feast for barn owls and other birds of prey.

As the trees mature, they cast local shade, creating cooling effects. Even on a modest scale, this results in diverse microclimates that nurture a variety of wildlife. When the trees bear fruit, they become a source of sustenance for birds, small mammals, and insects.

Upon shedding their leaves, trees contribute to soil enhancement through decomposition facilitated by microscopic organisms, forming a carbon-rich foundation for healthy soil. Below the surface, tree roots engage with fungal networks, establishing a highly intricate yet crucial communication system. With the assistance of these messengers and transport links, trees effectively become ‘social.’

In addition to providing shelter and acting as windbreaks, trees filter and purify freshwater, mitigate flooding, and their roots serve as stabilizers, preventing soil erosion. The multifaceted contributions of trees showcase their invaluable role in supporting and sustaining ecosystems.

Other Ways We Manage Our Carbon Footprint

Being a manufacturing and sourcing company, maintaining sustainability poses challenges, particularly in material sourcing, global product shipment, and production processes. To minimise our carbon footprint, we’ve diligently integrated more eco-friendly practices. This entails the utilisation of recycled materials in umbrella and bag manufacturing, operating carbon-neutral production facilities, and adopting environmentally conscious methods for freight shipping to clients worldwide.

  1. Recycled Materials for Umbrella Canopies:
    • We use sustainable materials like RPET for umbrella canopies, made from recycled PET plastic (e.g., water bottles), reducing the demand for virgin plastics.
    • RPET fabric offers environmental benefits, including reduced waste, characteristics like virgin PET, and consumer appeal for eco-conscious customers.
  2. UV Printing Technology:
    • UV printing uses ultraviolet light to cure inks instantly, offering energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.
    • This technique minimises waste, applies well to various materials, and avoids harmful solvents found in traditional printing methods.
  3. Low Carbon Wood Walking Umbrellas:
    • Wood walking umbrellas are an eco-friendly choice due to renewable resources, carbon sequestration, energy efficiency, biodegradability, lower toxicity, local sourcing, aesthetic appeal, and versatility.
  4. UK-Based Manufacturing:
    • Our UK factory, operational since 2009, is carbon-neutral, powered by 100% renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro installations.
    • ‘Green Plus’ yarn, made from recycled water bottles, is used for umbrella canopies, maintaining the same qualities as conventional umbrellas.
  5. Greener Freight Shipping:
    • We optimise transportation by maximizing cargo in each move to reduce unnecessary transportation.
    • Ocean freight is recommended over air freight for its lower carbon footprint.
    • We collaborate with logistics partners to ensure cleaner cargo handling equipment and adopt air pollution-reducing practices.
    • Our UK offices in Frome are powered by 100% renewable energy, contributing to cleaner operations.

The Umbrella Workshop’s Commitment

In conclusion, The Umbrella Workshop’s commitment to environmental responsibility is exemplified through the impactful Umbrella Workshop Tree Planting Initiative. By partnering with Make it Wild to plant trees in Yorkshire, we are not only offsetting our carbon footprint but also contributing to the creation of thriving ecosystems that benefit biodiversity. The influence of trees extends far beyond carbon absorption, as they foster diverse microclimates, provide sustenance for wildlife, and contribute to soil enhancement.

Beyond this, our dedication to sustainability extends to every aspect of our manufacturing and sourcing processes. From the use of recycled materials in umbrella canopies to the adoption of UV printing technology and the production of low-carbon wood walking umbrellas, we prioritise eco-friendly practices. Our UK-based manufacturing facility operates on 100% renewable energy, and we optimise freight shipping for reduced carbon impact.

The Umbrella Workshop’s multifaceted approach to sustainability reflects our understanding of the interconnectedness between business operations and environmental well-being. As we continue to evolve and innovate, our goal remains clear: to contribute to a greener planet while delivering high-quality products. By choosing Wurlin, our customers join us in the journey toward a sustainable future, where every purchase makes a positive impact on the environment. Together, we can create a world where businesses thrive, and nature flourishes.

To learn even more about our sustainable practices, head over to our print options page for a more detailed overview of how we are making changes and what we can do for you.

Looking to start a bespoke bag project or print some stock bags? Head over to The Bag Workshop to see what we can do for you.

Umbrellas have come a long way from their humble beginnings as simple tools for sheltering against rain or sun. In the world of branded umbrella manufacturing, innovations are constantly evolving to improve both the functionality and aesthetics of branded and corporate umbrellas. An example of this is to use a reflective lining, a silver layer of material which backs onto either the outer or inside canopy. In this blog post, we’ll explore what the reflective lining is, why experts in the field of umbrella manufacturing suggest using it, and how this clever design enhances the overall umbrella experience.

What is a reflective lining?

The reflective lining used is a silver layer of material, backed onto either the outside layer or inside layer of a double canopy umbrella. This layer serves a dual purpose: preventing the visibility of the print on the outer canopy from the inside and vice versa. It’s a thoughtful addition to the manufacturing process that addresses a common challenge faced by clients who are after separate designs on the inside and outside of the umbrella.

Why use a reflective lining on branded umbrellas?

1. Print Clarity:

One of the primary reasons we often suggest incorporating reflective linings when purchasing branded umbrellas is to enhance the clarity and vibrancy of prints on both the inner and outer canopies. Without the reflective lining, there’s a risk of the design or pattern on one side interfering with the visibility of the print on the other side. The silver lining acts as a visual barrier, ensuring that each side maintains its distinct appearance. A good example of this would be, if the canopy underneath is dark but the logo on the outer canopy needs to be white or a much lighter colour, we would suggest a lining here as the logo often becomes lost within the design.

2. Aesthetics:

Double canopy corporate umbrellas are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal, to showcase creative designs and are an impressive branding opportunity. Reflective linings contribute to a more polished and professional look by preventing any design interference. This feature is particularly crucial for umbrellas featuring intricate or vibrant prints, where maintaining the integrity of the design is paramount.

3. Enhanced User Experience:

For the end user, the reflective lining translates into a more enjoyable and seamless experience. Whether shielding from rain or sun, users can appreciate the well-defined prints without any visual distractions. It adds a layer of sophistication to the umbrella’s design while ensuring that functionality is not compromised.

How does it work?

The reflective lining functions by bouncing light away from the inner surface of the outer canopy. This prevents the design or colour from bleeding through to the inside, maintaining the clarity of the inner print. Simultaneously, it reflects light away from the outer surface of the inner canopy, preserving the distinct appearance of the outer design. The silver colour of the lining is particularly effective in this regard, acting as a neutral background that minimizes any interference between the two canopies.

In the world of umbrella manufacturing, the reflective lining stands out as a clever solution to a common challenge. Its ability to maintain the clarity of prints on double-canopy umbrellas adds a touch of sophistication and enhances the overall user experience. As manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of design and functionality, the reflective lining remains a shining example of how thoughtful innovation can elevate a seemingly simple product to new heights.

When it comes to corporate branding, every detail matters, even the seemingly mundane items like umbrellas. In recent years, corporate umbrellas have evolved beyond their utilitarian purpose and become stylish accessories that can enhance your company’s image. Whether you’re using them as promotional items, gifts for employees, or part of your marketing strategy, here are some trending design ideas that can make your corporate umbrellas stand out.

1. Printing on the Inside Canopy

One of the most popular trends in corporate umbrella design is to print on the inside of the canopy. While the outside of the umbrella can showcase your logo and brand colours, the inside offers a hidden canvas for creativity. Printing on the inside canopy can be a surprising and delightful detail for anyone opening the umbrella. You can use this space to share your brand’s story, display motivational messages, or create a captivating visual experience.

Imagine opening an umbrella and being greeted by an inspiring quote or a stunning image that resonates with your company’s values. This unexpected touch can leave a lasting impression on your clients, partners, and employees. Moreover, it’s an excellent way to engage your audience and spark conversations about your brand.

2. Engraved Handle Rings

The handle of an umbrella is often an overlooked aspect of its design, but it’s also an opportunity for customisation. Engraved handle rings have gained popularity in the world of corporate umbrellas. These rings are typically placed at the top of the handle and can feature your company name, logo, or a short message.

Engraved handle rings add a touch of sophistication to your umbrellas and make them instantly recognizable. They provide a tactile element that can enhance the overall user experience, making the umbrella feel more luxurious and well-crafted. Additionally, engraved handle rings are a subtle yet effective way to reinforce your brand identity.

3. Photo Prints

Photo prints on umbrellas are a fun and eye-catching design trend that can create a strong visual impact. Whether you choose to display stunning landscape images, team photos, or product shots, photo prints on umbrellas are a creative way to showcase your brand’s personality. They can be particularly effective for businesses in the tourism, fashion, or photography industries.

Photo prints add a unique and personal touch to your corporate umbrellas, and they’re bound to catch people’s attention. They can also be used to tell a story about your company or promote specific products or services. Furthermore, the vibrant colours and high-resolution prints on the canopy can make your umbrella an instant conversation starter.

4. UV Printing

UV printing technology has revolutionised the customisation of umbrellas. This method allows for high-quality, full-colour printing that is resistant to fading and scratching. UV printing is perfect for intricate designs, gradients, and fine details, and it ensures that your branding stays vibrant and sharp for a long time.

With UV printing, you can be more creative in your corporate umbrella designs, and it allows for a broader colour palette. It’s a reliable choice for making a lasting impression, and it ensures that your umbrellas can withstand various weather conditions, from bright sunshine to heavy rain.

In conclusion, corporate umbrellas have evolved from mere protection against the elements into powerful branding tools. By incorporating these trending design ideas – such as printing on the inside canopy, engraved handle rings, photo prints, and UV printing – you can elevate your corporate umbrella game and leave a memorable impression on your audience. Whether you’re using these umbrellas for promotional purposes or as thoughtful gifts, these design trends can help your brand stand out in style. So, don’t let a rainy day go to waste; make it an opportunity to showcase your brand’s creativity and innovation.

Outdoor events have a unique charm that indoor gatherings simply can’t replicate. Whether it’s a music festival, a wedding, a corporate picnic, or a corporate charity event, the open-air setting can create a magical atmosphere. However, as any experienced event planner knows, outdoor events also come with their own set of challenges, the most unpredictable being the weather. This is where personalised umbrellas come to the rescue, offering both practical solutions and branding opportunities.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the essential role that custom umbrellas play in outdoor event planning. From providing shade and shelter to enhancing the overall event experience, these versatile accessories have become must-haves for any event planner’s toolkit.

Shade and Comfort for Attendees

One of the primary reasons to incorporate personalised umbrellas for outdoor event planning is to ensure the comfort and well-being of your attendees. While sunny weather can create a picturesque setting, it can also lead to discomfort and even health risks if proper shading isn’t provided.

Personalised umbrellas for outdoor events, strategically placed throughout the space, offer attendees a reprieve from the sun’s harsh rays. Whether it’s for outdoor seating areas, food courts, or event stages, these umbrellas provide much-needed shade, making the event more enjoyable and comfortable. Attendees will appreciate the thoughtfulness, and it can significantly impact their overall experience.

Weather-Proofing Your Event

Outdoor events are often at the mercy of unpredictable weather. Rain, wind, or even extreme heat can disrupt the best-laid plans. Personalised umbrellas for outdoor events serve as a practical solution to mitigate these challenges.

Rain: When the forecast looks ominous, having a supply of personalised umbrellas on hand can save the day. You can provide attendees with branded and custom umbrellas to keep them dry and comfortable. This not only shows your commitment to their experience but also serves as a powerful branding opportunity. Whenever attendees use these umbrellas in the future, they’ll be reminded of your event.

Wind: Our storm-tested personalised umbrellas for outdoor events are sturdy and well-designed, and can withstand gusty winds, ensuring they don’t become hazards during your event. Ensure that the umbrellas you choose are built to handle the outdoor conditions of your event location.

Heat: In hot climates, custom umbrellas can be equipped with UV-resistant materials, creating shaded areas where attendees can cool off. This not only keeps attendees comfortable but also encourages them to stay longer at your event.

Branding and Personalisation

Personalisation and sticking to a theme are key in event planning, and our umbrellas provide an excellent opportunity to reinforce your event’s theme. Here are a few ways to incorporate your event’s identity into these essential accessories:

  • Logo and Brand Colours: Customise the umbrellas with your event’s logo and brand colours. This not only adds a professional touch but also enhances brand visibility throughout the event.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities: If your event has sponsors, consider offering them the opportunity to brand the umbrellas. It’s a valuable sponsorship package that can help cover event costs.
  • Thematic Designs: Tailor the umbrella designs to match your event’s theme or aesthetic. Whether it’s a rustic wedding, a music festival, or a corporate conference, umbrellas can be customized to complement the overall ambiance.

Versatility in Design and Placement

Custom umbrellas come in a variety of designs, sizes, and styles. This versatility allows event planners to incorporate them seamlessly into different types of outdoor events:

  • Branded Folding umbrellas: These are the smallest models of umbrellas. Can be folded away into a small bag and always comes with a matching sleeve.
  • Personalised City umbrellas: These are perfect for, you guessed it, the city! And large crowded spaces. They’re bigger than the folding umbrellas and the handles can come in a variety of colours. Our favourites are the City Walker Umbrellas with black shafts and black silicone handles and the traditional–looking Wood Walker umbrella with a wood crook handle.
  • Branded Golf umbrellas: The largest model. Perfect for sporting events.

Enhanced Guest Experience

Ultimately, the success of an event is measured by the experience it creates for the attendees. Personalised umbrellas for outdoor events contribute to a more positive and memorable guest experience. Attendees will appreciate the attention to detail and the convenience provided by these shaded areas and protection from unexpected rain.

Moreover, the presence of personalised umbrellas can encourage social sharing. Event attendees often take photos and share their experiences on social media. When your event branding is prominently featured on the umbrellas, it becomes a part of the attendee-generated content, extending the event’s reach and impact beyond the physical location.

In conclusion, personalised umbrellas are indispensable tools in the event planner’s arsenal for outdoor events. They offer practical benefits, such as shade and weather protection while also serving as a powerful branding opportunity. By incorporating custom umbrellas into your event planning strategy you can ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for your attendees, leaving a lasting impression that extends far beyond the event itself.

Thinking about hosting an event? We also manufacture other promotional items such as custom-made bags, personalised tote bags, branded notepads, printed mugs and other bespoke merchandise.

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We proudly present our collaboration with our esteemed client, a leading manufacturer of cross cart buggies in Latvia. Together, we have created a remarkable umbrella that perfectly complements their adventurous spirit. Manufactured in the UK, this exceptional umbrella, featuring a single canopy print, a vibrant red shaft, and a soft foam handle, showcases our expertise in umbrella manufacturing.

This was not one of our standard models but was sourced specfically for the client.
This Umbrella is custom made, and we can offer all over printed canopies, and the frame can be supplied in a choice of colours, Green orange and Red.

The vibrant red shaft adds a striking visual element to this exceptional accessory. Its bold colour not only stands out in any setting but also reflects the passion and energy of the company. With its sturdy construction, the red shaft ensures durability and reliability, ready to withstand the challenges of the great outdoors.

Manufactured in the UK, this umbrella exemplifies our commitment to quality umbrella manufacturing. Each step of the manufacturing process is carried out with meticulous attention to detail, resulting in a superior product that surpasses expectations. From the precision-engineered frame to the expertly crafted components, this umbrella is a testament to our expertise in creating high-quality umbrellas.

We are thrilled to present this extraordinary collaboration with our Latvian client, bringing together the worlds of cross cart buggies and stylish accessories. Explore our gallery to witness the seamless fusion of functionality, style, and our umbrella manufacturing expertise. Whether you’re a cross cart buggy enthusiast or simply seeking a branded umbrella that reflects your adventurous spirit and business pride, this remarkable creation is sure to elevate your outdoor escapades to new heights.

To find out more of what we can do, head to and find a plethora of other merchandise ideas for your business!

Iconic Umbrellas Throughout Film and TV

Umbrellas are not only practical accessories for shielding against the rain; they have also become iconic props in film and television, adding depth, style, and even symbolism to various scenes. From magical adventures to poignant moments, let’s explore the top 10 iconic umbrella moments that have left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.

Mary Poppins umbrella. Image source: The Digital

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly’s absolutely iconic dance sequence in “Singin’ in the Rain” is a joyous celebration of love and happiness, not even the rain can bring him down. The umbrella remains to be an iconic piece throughout the film and becomes more of a prop than an umbrella.

The umbrella shown in this film is similar to our Wood Walking umbrella, classic and sleek in design it’s the perfect accessory for a rainy day. We worked with a theatre production company and produced some beautiful umbrellas to celebrate the production.

Mary Poppins (1964)

In the incredible world of “Mary Poppins,” the titular character uses her magical umbrella to take flight. The iconic image of Mary Poppins descending from the sky, umbrella in hand, has become an emblem of imagination and childhood wonder, leaving audiences captivated and inspired for generations and for many more to come. The quirky handle gives the umbrella it’s unique character. Here at the Umbrella Workshop, we offer an array of colourful umbrella handles and personalisation options for your custom umbrellas.

Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hagrid makes his first appearance on Harry’s birthday holding his, seemingly ordinary, pink umbrella. Though, seemingly ordinary, the umbrella conceals Hagrid’s wand, reflecting his gentle nature and unexpected power. This umbrella symbolizes the strength and surprises that can be found in the most unassuming places.

Hagrid’s umbrella in the tremendous Harry Potter Series. Image source: Amino

Hagrid’s umbrella also seems to be a classic Wood Walking umbrella, a very popular and traditional looking sturdy and storm-tested umbrella, it’s no surprise that they often appear as props in many popular films.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

Throughout the TV series “How I Met Your Mother,” the yellow umbrella serves as a recurring symbol and narrative thread. From Ted’s quest for true love to the ultimate reveal of the Mother, the iconic umbrella represents hope, fate, and the interconnectedness of the characters’ lives.

Scene from How I Met Your Mother the TV show. Image source:

This fabulous and incredibly iconic umbrella is very similar to our City Walking umbrellas. With a black, silicone hook handle, automatic opening and a smaller canopy size than the Golf umbrellas, they are perfect for busy streets.

Batman Returns (1992)

In Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns,” The Penguin (played by Danny DeVito) wields an umbrella as a signature weapon. From firing bullets to deploying hidden gadgets, this iconic umbrella becomes a lethal and distinctive tool, accentuating the Penguin’s sinister persona.

Batman Returns (1992) Image source:

We love the print on The Penguin’s umbrella canopy, and at the Umbrella Workshop we have 10+ years of experience in creating and replicating incredibly complex and unique umbrella designs. Down to delicate intricate details and specific branding colours.

Spirited Away (2001)

In the enchanting world of “Spirited Away,” umbrellas play a whimsical and significant role. As the young protagonist Chihiro navigates the spirit realm, she encounters an array of umbrellas that come to life. These animated umbrellas move gracefully, with vibrant colours and expressive faces, adding an extra touch of magic to the fantastical world created by Studio Ghibli. The umbrellas in “Spirited Away” not only provide shelter from the rain but also embody the imaginative and fantastical nature of the film, further immersing the audience into a world filled with wonder and enchantment.

The Umbrella Academy (2019-present)

In this popular Netflix series, the umbrella takes on a central role as each member of the dysfunctional superhero family, collectively known as The Umbrella Academy, carries their own unique umbrella. These umbrellas not only serve as individual symbols but also represent the unity and shared history of the characters.

Umbrellas have played prominent roles in film and television, transcending their practical function to become powerful symbols, sources of joy, and even weapons. From Gene Kelly’s iconic umbrella dance in “Singin’ in the Rain” to the magical flights of Mary Poppins, these top 10 umbrella moments have left a lasting impression on audiences, showcasing the creativity and symbolism that can be found in even the simplest of objects. Whether through dance, flight, or wielding hidden gadgets, these umbrella moments have become cherished moments in cinematic and television history, proving that umbrellas are not just rainy day accessories but icons of storytelling and imagination.

Experts in bespoke umbrella manufacture, we can also supply branded merchandise for your portfolio. Find out more about sustainable branded products from Wurlin or custom made bags to compliment your branded umbrellas can be manufactured by The Bag Workshop.

Find out more about us or ask us for a call back +44(0)1225 667979

Custom-made umbrellas have been gaining popularity in recent years as a unique and practical way to showcase your style, brand, or event. With endless possibilities for design, creating a custom-made umbrella has become easier than ever. In this ultimate guide to custom-made umbrellas, we’ll explore design ideas and inspiration to help you create the perfect umbrella.

Umbrella Showroom
Gallery of custom-made umbrellas

Personalized Details

When it comes to designing a custom-made umbrella, personalized details can add an extra special touch. From a brand logo to a special date or quote, these details can help to make your umbrella truly unique and meaningful.

Personalized umbrellas are a popular choice for weddings, where couples can customize the umbrella with their names, wedding date, or even a special message to their guests. This creates a memorable keepsake that guests can take home and treasure for years to come.

In the corporate world, personalized umbrellas are a great way to promote your brand and create a lasting impression. By incorporating your company logo or tagline onto the umbrella, you can effectively advertise your business while also providing a useful and practical item for your customers or employees.

Personalized umbrellas can also be a great way to show your support for a cause or organization. By including a message or image related to the cause on the umbrella, you can help to raise awareness and support for the issue.

When designing a personalized umbrella, it’s important to consider the placement and size of the personalized details. You want to make sure that the details are visible and easy to read, while also maintaining the overall aesthetic and design of the umbrella.

Bright Colours

When it comes to designing a custom-made umbrella, choosing the right colors can make all the difference. Bright colors are a popular choice for those who want to create a statement piece that stands out from the crowd. With a bold and eye-catching color scheme, you can easily attract attention to your brand or event. In addition, bright colors can help to create a fun and lively atmosphere, perfect for events such as trade shows or weddings.

When choosing bright colors for your custom-made umbrella, it’s important to consider the overall theme and purpose of your umbrella. For example, if you’re designing an umbrella for a sports event, you might choose colors that match the team’s colors or the colors of the sport. Similarly, if you’re designing an umbrella for a corporate event, you might choose colors that match the company’s branding or logo.

Another advantage of choosing bright colors for your custom-made umbrella is that it can help you stand out in a crowd. Whether you’re attending a crowded outdoor event or simply walking down a busy street, a bright and bold umbrella can easily catch people’s attention and help you stand out from the crowd.

Patterened Designs

Patterns can add a unique and eye-catching touch. A patterned umbrella can help to showcase your brands’ style and add a pop of color to a rainy day.

One popular pattern choice for custom-made umbrellas is stripes. Whether you choose bold, colorful stripes or classic black and white, a striped umbrella can add a timeless and stylish touch to any outfit. Striped umbrellas are perfect for personal use or as gifts for friends and family, and they are sure to make a statement wherever you go.

In addition to this, there are many other patterns to choose from when designing a custom-made umbrella. From florals to geometric designs or even abstract art, the possibilities for patterned umbrellas are endless.

Furthermore, coporate business will often use their logo and turn this into a repeating pattern to use on the internal canopy.

When designing a custom-made patterned umbrella, it’s important to consider the size and placement of the pattern. You want to make sure that the pattern is visible and easy to see, while also maintaining the overall aesthetic and design of the umbrella. Additionally, you may want to consider the color palette of the pattern and how it will coordinate with your personal style and wardrobe.

Photography Prints

Printing high-quality photographs onto an umbrella is not only a unique and memorable way to create a custom-made umbrella for personal use but also for corporate businesses. Companies can use this technique to create custom-made umbrellas that reflect their brand and values, and also serve as effective promotional items.

A corporate custom-made umbrella with a high-quality photograph can be an excellent way to showcase the company’s products or services. For example, a restaurant could print photographs of its signature dishes onto umbrellas to promote its cuisine. A car company could feature photographs of its latest models to promote its brand and attract potential customers.

Custom-made umbrellas with photographs can also be used to commemorate special events or milestones in a company’s history. For instance, a company could print photographs of its founders or key moments in its history onto umbrellas and distribute them as gifts to employees or clients.

When designing a custom-made umbrella with a photograph for corporate businesses, it is important to ensure that the photo aligns with the company’s branding and messaging. The photograph should also be of high quality and resolution, so it appears clear and professional when printed on the umbrella.

In conclusion, custom-made umbrellas offer endless possibilities for creative design. From personalized details to bright colors, patterned designs and photography prints there is no limit to what you can create. With these design ideas and inspiration, you can create the perfect custom-made umbrella that perfectly reflects your style, brand, or event. Whether you are looking for a promotional item or a unique statement piece, custom-made umbrellas are a great way to make a lasting impression.

Experts in bespoke umbrella manufacture, we can also supply branded merchandise for your portfolio. Find out more about sustainable branded products from Wurlin or custom made bags to compliment your branded umbrellas can be manufactured by The Bag Workshop.

Find out more about us or ask us for a call back +44(0)1225 667979.

Custom advertising umbrellas can be an excellent tool to maximize brand awareness. They offer a large surface area to showcase your brand’s logo or message and are a functional item that people can use on a regular basis. Here are some tips on how to effectively use custom advertising umbrellas to promote your brand.

Large sports umbrella with internal and external print

Choose high-quality umbrellas

One of the essential factors in maximizing brand awareness with custom advertising umbrellas is to choose a high-quality product. A cheap and poorly made umbrella will give your brand a negative impression. Instead, invest in a high-quality umbrella that is durable, sturdy, and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Choosing a high-quality umbrella will make users happy and increase the chances of them using it more frequently, thereby increasing brand visibility.

Design an eye-catching umbrella

The design of your custom advertising umbrella plays a significant role in maximizing brand awareness. Make sure to use bright, bold colors, and make your brand’s logo or message prominent and easy to read. The design should be visually appealing to catch people’s attention and make your brand stand out. People will use the umbrella in public spaces, so the design should be eye-catching and memorable.

Small telescopic umbrella with double canopy print

Distribute umbrellas at events

Distributing custom advertising umbrellas at events is an effective way to promote your brand and increase visibility. Whether it’s a trade show, corporate event, or charity event, umbrellas can make for an excellent giveaway item. People will appreciate receiving a functional item that they can use in case of unexpected weather. Additionally, your brand will gain exposure to a large audience. Make sure to include a clear call-to-action or website on the umbrella, so people can easily find out more about your brand.

Use social media to showcase your umbrellas

Social media is a powerful tool to showcase your custom advertising umbrellas. Encourage people to take photos with your branded umbrella and share them on social media using a specific hashtag. This will not only increase brand visibility but also create user-generated content that can be shared on your social media channels. Make sure to engage with users who post photos with your umbrella and offer incentives or discounts for those who do.

Umbrella manufactured in the UK

Partner with other brands or influencers

Partnering with other brands or influencers can also help maximize brand awareness with custom advertising umbrellas. Reach out to influencers who align with your brand and offer them a branded umbrella. They can showcase it on their social media channels, which will increase your brand’s reach to their followers. Partnering with other brands can also help increase brand visibility to their audiences.

In conclusion, custom advertising umbrellas can be an effective tool to maximize brand awareness. By choosing a high-quality umbrella, designing an eye-catching design, distributing them at events, using social media to showcase them, and partnering with other brands or influencers, you can increase your brand’s visibility to a large audience. Remember to use creative and innovative ways to showcase your brand, and always stay true to your brand’s identity and message.

Wood walking umbrella with colourful digital print

What can we do for you?

Wurlin-The Umbrella Workshop are not just fascinated with umbrella facts, we are specialists in bespoke umbrellas, bags, packaging and customised merchandise. Progressive and flexible, we work with creative agencies and brand owners to diligently explore concepts and develop custom branded solutions. Experienced in sourcing products with a global supplier reach, we are trusted partners to clients for innovative manufacture, structured project coordination and international distribution.

Advertising umbrellas are a fantastic and effective promotional tool that businesses can use to increase brand visibility and awareness on a day-to-day basis. These umbrellas are customized with the company’s logo and message, making them a powerful marketing tool that can be used at various events and locations.

Bespoke umbrella for an intellectual property law firm

1. Increased Brand Exposure

Firstly, advertising umbrellas provide a large canvas for businesses to showcase their brand and messaging. When used at events, such as outdoor markets, festivals, or trade shows, these umbrellas can attract attention from potential customers and passers-by.

2. Cost-Effective

Secondly, advertising umbrellas are an extremely cost-effective marketing solution that can help businesses save money while still promoting their brand. Compared to other marketing tactics, such as billboards or television ads, umbrellas are relatively inexpensive and can be reused multiple times. Additionally, since these umbrellas can be used in different locations and events, they provide businesses with a flexible marketing tool that can be adapted to different marketing strategies.

3. Versatility

Furthermore, the umbrellas we create are versatile marketing tools that can be used in various locations and events. These umbrellas can be used at outdoor markets, sports events, beachfronts, or even in restaurants and cafes. This versatility allows businesses to target different audiences and demographics, making it easier to reach a larger audience.

Pantone matched Telescopic umbrella

4. Protection from the Elements

Moreover, promotional advertising umbrellas are not only a marketing tool but also a functional item that provides protection from the elements. These umbrellas provide shelter and shade, making them useful for outdoor events. By providing protection, these umbrellas can help increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, as people appreciate the added convenience.

5. Durability

Additionally, we make umbrellas that are made from high-quality materials that are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and frequent use. This durability ensures that the umbrellas can be used for a long time, making them a valuable investment for businesses. Also, since these umbrellas are often used in public spaces, they are also designed to be easy to clean and maintain.


Many big brands such as Coca-Cola, Samsung and Microsoft have used umbrellas for promotional advertising. Umbrellas provide a cost-effective and versatile marketing tool that can be adapted to different marketing strategies. By using branded umbrellas at outdoor events, these brands are able to increase brand visibility and awareness, while also providing shelter and shade for attendees.

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Promotional USB

Alternatively, a highly practical promotional item to give to clients are custom printed USB sticks, ideal for marketing campaigns, product launches, gifting and ecommerce.

The possibilities are endless.

Custom made tear-drop shape USB

Consistent branding is paramount to your business and we can help with a number of creative ways to ensure success.

Tell us what you want to communicate and we will do the rest. Our design team will come up with products and designs that target your audience cost effectively.

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How do you make an umbrella?

Experienced umbrella manufacturer offering up answers to umbrella questions for you. We have been making umbrellas for brand owners, creative agencies and property developers for ten years. We’ve been asked all the questions and they may help you when discovering more about how to make an umbrella, what the parts of the umbrella are called and how to make an umbrella. As technology progresses, we keep moving and we’re pleased to offer recycled panels on an umbrella that still offer the same sturdy, reliable, waterproof umbrella, and windproof umbrella that we offer with a two-year guarantee for quality. We’re sure our umbrellas won’t let you down.

Here are some useful questions to consider when understanding how to make a customised umbrella.  

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What do you call the pieces of an umbrella?

The pieces of an umbrella all have their own name. There is the handle of the umbrella, the shaft or pole which is the straight section of the umbrella and what attaches the handle and ribs of the umbrella together. The ribs are the structure that open and close that have the panels of the umbrella sewn onto.

We only use the best components for our umbrellas, such as fibre glass ribs, which will flex and bend in windy and demanding conditions.

The panels of the umbrella can be assorted colours, printed inside and outside as well as be decorated with rib tape along the straight edges. The umbrella runner is the section that moves up and down the pole or umbrella shaft to open and close the umbrella. 
For an automatic umbrella this action is complimented by a strong spring, that is released by a push of a button. The stretcher which is the section that opens out the ribs.
The tie wrap on an umbrella is what closes the umbrella shut when not in use.

Where can I put my logo on an umbrella?

Personalisation options on the umbrella can include

  • Printed external panels or external canopy of the umbrella.
  • Uniquely. we can offer printing on the internal panels of the umbrella, this can be anything from text, logo to full photographic image.
  • We can embroider umbrellas, but this does have disadvantages and can make the umbrellas leak, at the point of embroidery.  This is not so much a problem with a double canopy, as the second canopy can ensure the embroidery element doesn’t “leak”
  • The handle ring can be engraved with a logo or text.
  • By default we don’t supply sleeves for our umbrellas, but they can be supplied with simple sleeves to more detailed zipped cases and carry sleeves. These can be incorporated with a range of branding, print and detailing.
  • Company logo on an umbrella can also be placed on a label that is sewn into the umbrella seams.
  • The tie wrap which is what wraps around the umbrella to keep it closed can be printed or embroidered with a logo.
  • Rib tape can be printed but is usually used as a contrast colour.
  • On wood handled umbrellas we can engrave the handle itself.
  • The popper that closes the tie wrap can also be embossed with a simple logo or icon.
  • Golf umbrellas and folding umbrellas have a space on the end of the handle that include a branded decal with your company logo.

What are the metal pieces on an umbrella called?

Metal pieces on the umbrella are the finishing touches such as the metal handle ring or push button to open and close the umbrella. The pole on some umbrellas is also metal.

The tip of some of our luxury umbrellas have a metal tip cap.

Many of our walking style umbrellas have metal rib ends, either in gun metal, silver or gold colour.

What is the long stick in the centre of the umbrella called?

The stick in the centre of the umbrella is called the pole or shaft. It’s what the runner goes up and down on to open and close the umbrella.

This is made of several materials depending on the model.

  • Metal – coated aluminium. Usually supplied black but can be Pantone matched.
  • Wood – we use a standard mid oak coloured wood, though can offer a range of custom varnished wood colours to choose from.
  • Fibreglass – fibreglass is used for the larger sport umbrellas as is both lightweight, allows an element of flex, but is extremely strong. This is usually supplied in black, but we do offer in range of 10 colours form stock, or Pantone matched for larger order quantities.
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How to make umbrellas?

Umbrellas are part made by machine and part by people.

The sewing of umbrellas is an extremely skilled activity. The matching of the seams of the canopy is done by a person so it is correct and makes sense of the artwork.

When we print as a full panel both internal and external panels need to match and takes great experience and spatial ability to ensure everything lines up perfectly.

How are umbrellas made?

Umbrellas are made by cutting the panels of the pongee umbrella material into shape, leaving a margin (or hem) for them to be sewn onto the ribs. We will choose the method of printing depending on the nature of the artwork.

The key methods of umbrella printing we use is as follow.

  • Screen printing
  • Digital printing – direct to fabric
  • Dye sublimation digital print
  • Transfer print

When the umbrella panels are printed, then they are sewn onto the frame of the umbrella. The ribs, which are the sections of the frame that are wider when the umbrella is open and flat against the shaft when the umbrella is closed.

The frame of the umbrella is connected to the pole and the handles are fitted to suit the client specification of the umbrella. It’s at this point, an engraved handle ring or decal at the end of the handle will be fitted.

Once the umbrellas are made and after a thorough quality control check, they are then packaged up for transit to their destination.

Customised double canopy Golf Sports Umbrella with Union Jack flag print

What’s the top part of an umbrella called?

The top section of the umbrella is called the point which sits above the canopy of the umbrella. The umbrella canopy if the collective word for the panels of the umbrella. There are usually 8 umbrella panels, all of which can be customised with print, rib tape or labels sewn in at the seam.

How to repair an umbrella

Repairing a well-loved umbrella is possible. They can be sprayed with scotch guard to protect them if they have been damaged by a spillage that has affected how waterproof they are. If a rib becomes damaged, it’s possible to repair them with duct tape to ensure they continue to open and close. Our ribs are made from fibreglass and are unlikely to break unless they experience a great force or trauma such as trapping them in a car boot or using them to hit something with severe pressure.

If the panel of an umbrella becomes ripped, it can be taped together with hem tape that can be ironed on to seal it. If the tear is severe, then it is possible to hand sew the tear, then apply the hem tape that should be ironed on and then sprayed with a water proofing spray to seal it.

What materials do you need to make an umbrella?

Our umbrellas are made from a high-grade pongee which is a type of polyester. We usually use 190T Pongee fabric, but can offer 210T weight as well.

We can also use recycled polyester. This is called RPET and is made from reconstituted and recycled water bottles.

The shaft and ribs are made from fibreglass, metal or wood.

What is the best umbrella material?

The best umbrella material is high-grade polyester called pongee.

We offer this in a standard weight of 190T, but can offer a heavier 210T weight as well.

We can also manufacture recycled umbrellas using recycled polyester made from RPET fabric. This is called RPET, and is made from recycled water bottles.


How do you design an umbrella?

Using our helpful empty template to position artwork, you can design your umbrella and plot where your artwork should be. You can also photo print on an umbrella.
Here at Umbrella Workshop, we have a dedicated design team in house, and we can help you with developing your umbrella design.  We just need to be supplied with your corporate brand guidelines, or any graphics, logos or colours you would like to use.

We can often get inspiration from your website and replicate themes and colours from this to make a striking umbrella design.

How do you make a fabric umbrella?

The simple answer is the fabric panels of the umbrella canopy are cut out from a long roll and then printed before they are sewn onto the ribs of the umbrella.

Umbrellas are made by cutting the panels of the pongee umbrella material into shape, leaving a margin (or hem) for them to be sewn onto the ribs. We will choose the method of printing depending on the nature of the artwork.

The key methods of umbrella printing we use is as follow.

  • Screen printing
  • Digital printing – direct to fabric
  • Dye sublimation digital print
  • Transfer print

When the umbrella panels are printed, then they are sewn onto the frame of the umbrella. The ribs, which are the sections of the frame that are wider when the umbrella is open and flat against the shaft when the umbrella is closed.

The frame of the umbrella is connected to the pole and the handles are fitted to suit the client specification of the umbrella. It’s at this point, an engraved handle ring or decal at the end of the handle will be fitted.

Once the umbrellas are made and after a thorough quality control check, they are then packaged up for transit to their destination.

How do you customise an umbrella?

To customise an umbrella, you can personalise the handle ring of the umbrella through engraving. The inside of the umbrella panels can be printed with your artwork, photo printing on the umbrella is also possible. The outside of the umbrella canopy can also be printed with your artwork. For a subtle hint at your brand, a woven label can be sewn into the panels of the umbrella on either outside or the inside.

How do you print a logo on an umbrella?

The panels of the umbrella are cut from a roll and then they are printed. The relevant print method is chosen depending on the artwork. Intricate patterns will require a digital print and a simpler or just bold single colours will require a screen print.

What are umbrella printing methods?

Print methods for an umbrella include digital printing on an umbrella and screen-printing umbrellas.

How many ribs should an umbrella have?

An umbrella has 8 ribs for the umbrella fabric panels to be sewn onto. When looking up into an umbrella it looks like a giant spider. This is the frame of the umbrella, and the “legs” are ribs.

What is the frame of an umbrella called?

The frame or structure of the umbrella can also be referred to as the ribs of the umbrellas. The ribs are the bendy bits that make the shape of the umbrella that sits over your head as a shelter.

What umbrella is best for wind?

Not all umbrellas are made equal! Umbrellas made by the Umbrella Workshop are windproof. They are tried and tested at speed by holding them in a moving car. They will only fold inside out at 30mph speed. This offers you peace of mind that our umbrellas are windproof and won’t let you down.

What is the umbrella cloth called?

The umbrella cloth is called pongee. Pongee is the umbrella cloth that forms the canopy of the umbrella. Pongee cloth is a high-grade polyester.

What is the fabric part of the umbrella called?

The fabric part of the umbrella is called umbrella panels. The umbrella panels are rectangular.

What’s a custom umbrella?

A custom umbrella is made specifically for a brand or organisation. A custom umbrella is truly bespoke print and personalisation for the customer ordering it. No other company will have the same custom umbrella.

How long does it take to make an umbrella?

It can take up to half an hour to make one umbrella. Taking into consideration the cutting, printing, constructing the ribs and the handles, sewing and finishing touches.

Where are umbrellas made?

Our umbrellas are made in the UK and China. We have a wonderful collaboration with two factories that we’ve worked with for ten years.

Can you recycle umbrellas?

Yes, umbrellas can be recycled. The panels of the umbrella can be recycled in textile waste. The fibreglass can be melted and reformed and reused.

Can you make recycled umbrellas?

The Umbrella Workshop can make recycled umbrellas. The panels of the umbrella can use recycled polyester.

Are umbrellas eco-friendly?

Umbrellas that last a lifetime are eco-friendly. An umbrella that can be given as a gift and be used for decades is a durable and long-lasting product that doesn’t need updating or remaking. Choosing inferior parts will create a poor umbrella that won’t be eco-friendly and durable.

Can I get a sample of an umbrella with my logo on?

Yes. The Umbrella Workshop can print logos on umbrella and the supply a pre-production sample for you to approve before the full order is manufactured.


How many umbrellas can I order?

You can order as many umbrellas as you like. Our minimum order quantity starts at 50.

Some of more complex designs and prints require 100 pieces as a minimum. This is due to wastage and our exceptionally high-quality control.

Who makes umbrellas?

The Umbrella Workshop makes umbrellas. Factories make umbrellas and use a combination of people and machines to construct them.

We’ve been making umbrellas for over 10 years, we have factories in both the UK and Far East.

Are umbrellas made by hand?

Yes, umbrellas are made by hand and machines.

Are umbrellas made by machine?

Umbrellas are made by machines and people who carefully match together artwork to ensure its continuous.

Can I print a photo on an umbrella?

Yes, photos can be printed on umbrellas.

Aphex Twin print on umbrella

Can I print a map on an umbrella?

Yes, maps can be printed on umbrellas on the outside and inside panels of the umbrella.

If you have any questions that you think would be useful to add in here, then please get in touch so we can include them to help other people.

If you would like to manufacture a custom umbrella, then we’d love to help you with that. Get in touch and we can help you create the perfect luxury gift umbrella.

Map print on inside of umbrella

The Umbrella Workshop

The Umbrella Workshop are experts in umbrella manufacture. With ten years of experience, we’ve worked with some of the best-known brands and household names as well as interesting galleries and retailers. If you would like to join then and make a luxury umbrella to last a lifetime, then get in touch with us to make that happen. To accompany your bespoke umbrella, you can talk to us about luxury branded merchandise and customised high-end fabric bags and packaging by discussing with our sister companies The Bag Workshop for personalised packaging and Wurlin for luxury branded gifts.