Relatively unknown outside their native land, Colette della Vedova of Cressa, Piedmont makes gorgeous umbrellas and matching hats fit for the cognoscenti. Accessories with no expiry date, these two umbrellas that accommodate rain or shine make life a breeze.
In water-proofed Prince of Wales fabric this duo takes style very seriously, plus they showcase the artisan’s eye for merging fabric, texture and colour to create “rain protectors” that elicit a certain all knowing.
Easy to pack, or slide into a tote bag either one of these handmade umbrellas stamped with the artisan’s seal have the potential to be longtime companions.
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 also considered to be 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.