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Knirps: My X1- 03.21.05

main.jpgREVIEW* Yes, this one’s personal, the storms that came literally ripped my previous umbrella apart, well that and possibly my super human strength as my friend claims. (it bent, completely, yes the staff/frame part) So the hunt was on.

KNIRPS: das original. The inventors of the folding umbrella. German quality at its finest now revamped with some nice design. (and thanks to mocoloco posting this a few months ago, it stuck in my head). The external case that is purse exterior friendly, and the sheer size, not to mention design quality makes it a must.

It took a bit of work to research all the options of how to get one of these (more on this after the jump). So go see European-umbrellas They are some of the nicest people, and by the time you take off VAT (tax of nearly 20%) and add some airmail shipping, your price is about the same as if you had flown out and purchased one there yourself. They also provide some great video footage of a German man teaching you how to care-for/use your umbrella.

LOTS of imagery to follow, from historical to the umbrella’s themselves. Definitely worth a look-see.

However what they DON’T tell you is how hard these things are to find. Or acquire. Especially if you’re in America, ok fair enough in Europe (or Japan apparently) you can find it in some corner shop with a few on one of the clean beautifully designed racks, but they don’t even have an American distributor. So after much internet searching, i recommend european-umbrellas.com

But once found, you will never let go, it’s just so fun to look at, a pleasure to use, and tiny, portable, different, yet classic. It makes me into one of the happy dry socal people when its pouring… here’s a collection of images to give you a taste.

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From Knirps amazing HISTORY
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11 Notes

Hi,

How well did your X1 umbrella last?

rgds/alex

----- AlexE 12.09.11 01:26

Hi! I bought my pretty Knirps X1 a few weeks ago in New York, at a Samsonite luggage shop a few of blocks down from Central Park. (I can’t remember exactly where I was—I was kind of lost.) I paid US$52 with tax, but I *was* desperate for a brolly. Five minutes after I bought the Knirps, I spotted a guy at a stall selling umbrellas for $5 and that made me feel like a complete chump. However, I’m now really pleased with my Knirps. Yesterday it succeeded where countless other brollies of mine have failed—a notorious wind tunnel at the intersection of Wentworth and Oxford streets, Sydney, Australia. I’m so pleased to find this umbrella is worth every cent!

----- Vanessa 23.07.11 02:08

where can i find Knirps Umbrellas in Paris, France ?

----- aurore 12.08.09 02:59

Someone gave my husband a Knirps umbrella sometime ago - he deceased before he could use it. It is like new,but I can’t seem to be able to open it. It was one that came in a leather case. I have tried everything I know to get it up, but it won’t budge. Does it need repairing or do I just need to know the secret.
Thanks -

----- J Arthur 10.04.08 10:34

Who can repair my old Knirps umbrella. The fabric is still perfect but the folding mechanism is not working.

----- Roz 09.04.08 17:16

I just bought my umbrella in 1975 and it is having difficulty keeping up with me. The material is fraying, and some of the ribs are bending, and closing the umbrella is quite difficult. I guess 32 years is probably all you can expect from an umbrella. Where in Calgary Alberta, can I find a dealer selling these umbrellas. Thank you

----- phil parker 08.06.07 22:28

to who ever wants to know , you can find knirps umbrellas in new york city at a great shop called rain or shine on st between vanderbilt andmadison ave. They als do great repair work on your favorite umbella that might be damaged.Hope this helps people looking for knirps umbrellas in new york city. cheers chad

----- chad tauber 28.01.07 18:18

Where can I find Knirps umbrellas in Lisbon, Portugal?

----- Maria Helena 03.11.06 09:12

Hi, I just visited the Knirps site and agree that it is great! I knew the name from when I was small - I recall Knirps commercials, so I’m surprised they are not sold in the US. Perhaps they were at one time. I decided I really want a Knirps after being so-o-o disappointed with my bedraggled Totes. I found http://www.european-umbrellas.com just before I found your site. I then thought I’d see if they sell them at Sach’s or Lord and Taylor’s but they do not. Glad to have found your essay on them, as now I know I don’t have to research any further and will order from the German european-umbrellas.com site. Thanks!

----- Diane in NYC 15.09.06 08:09

Where can I find Knirps umbrellas in New York, New York?

----- Wendy 02.09.06 17:36

Where could I find Knirp umbrellas in Palma de Mallorca, Spain?

----- Diana María Mejía Pardo 12.04.06 03:55

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