Rainy days no longer need to be dull, drab and colourless. Or even wet. Pluvio Umbrella - offerer of the prettiest, funkiest-designed weather protection - has got you covered.
Umbrellas seem to come in either business black, eye-burning flowery pink or frog green (complete with fetching, googly eyes). If you’re a long-time sufferer of ‘all these umbrellas look awful but now I’m cold and wet’, Pluvio have seven gorgeous designs from seven talented artists to keep you looking good and from feeling under the weather. Or feeling the weather at all.
These umbrellas have it all. And by all, I mean that street art collective The London Police’s incredibly funky umbrella features astronaut dogs (shown). Not to worry, if you’re more of a frisky fox, creepy butterfly or terrifying hands person, these dazzling designs will have you crossing your fingers for rain, not sun, too.
Brands often boast - or lie - that they’re dedicated to quality. Pluvio proves it.
Each artist is meticulously selected (that’s why they only have seven so far), as are the designs. Materials are strong and durable; if you’re an umbrella design aficionado - which is up there as the funnest I’ve written this month - check out the relevant details on their FAQ. And each umbrella is limited to only 200, which is as good an illustration of quality over quantity as I’ve heard.
California- and Florida-based freelance artist Alex Pardee's intricate design (shown) is undeniably disturbing yet mesmerisingly beautiful.
Image: Nightmare by Alex Pardee
Pluvio is from ‘pluviophile’ or ‘lover of rain’, though I’m sure haters of rain and lovers of umbrellas are also welcome.
Photojournalist Ami Vitale's umbrella (shown) shows one of Haiti's biggest shantytowns painted in purple, peach, lime and cream. For each purchase $USD5 will go to the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti. Read more about the umbrella.
Illustrated Ink - founded by illustrator Leila Cothran - designed this simple, yet intricate, and beautifully strange homage to butterflies (shown).
Rain can sometimes feel like tiny hands pattering. Why not replace that with the terrifying, looming hands of some kind of axe-murderer-cross-devil-cross-dementor grabbing at you?
Whether the hands are creepy or just trying tor help, artist Ramon Bruin sure knows how to create an atmosphere.
Image: Hold on by Ramon Bruin
Fun and bright, tattoo artist Sasha Unisex' umbrella will soon wash away your weather woes.