A dashing umbrella is hard to find, and this one by Colette della Vedova from Cressa in Piedmont brings the search to an end.
In a fabric best known for its link to the British Monarchs, our artisan’s umbrella makes deciding whether or not to leave the warmth of our offices or homes just a tad easier.
It holds up well on those rainy days keeping shoulders dry, or indeed preventing rain drops from staining that lovely new tote bag that matches beautifully with the striped grey of the umbrella’s dome or its handle lined in black leather that allows for a better grip.
Buying accessories like umbrellas is serious business, they are an essential part of our lives, so why not invest in one that is handmade by an artisan who imbues her output with Italian fantasy and creativity that will make you want to sing in the rain too!
About the Designer
Nanni and Colette begin their adventure at the end of the 1970s in Cressa, a small village in the northern region of Piedmont situated near Lago Maggiore, the home of the handmade umbrella. Influenced and encouraged by a very dear friend who used to commission umbrellas in Italy on behalf of French luxury brands, Colette and her beloved spouse Nanni take on, with the greatest of ease, a very old craft championed by artisans before them.
To this day, CDV not only makes umbrellas strictly by hand, but they respect time honoured methods too. Moreover, the company is a staunch user of only the best materials like bamboo, valuable woods, and various kinds of skins and leather.
Handles made out of these natural materials are then matched in most unusual ways with panels of pure cotton, silk, lace, velvet, and also to printed polyester and jacquard fabrics, these too made exclusively in Italy.