Colette della Vedova’s handmade umbrellas rarely seen outside Italy take the dreariness out of wet stormy days!
They are an expression of that all-consuming Italian pursuit of harmony in beauty, and this umbrella is a telltale sign of the artisan’s keen eye and a sense of style undeterred by the challenges presented by the weather gods.
Perfectly domed in Prince of Wales check fabric and trimmed ever so carefully in vibrant red this exquisitely detailed umbrella strikes a lovely chord. It speaks to style, to femininity, and it takes a strong stand against rain warriors that exist purely to function.
Indeed, Colette della Vedova’s umbrella with its beautifully lined handle in the fabric favoured by the English upper classes has an upper class feel 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.