Let's go back to a time when umbrellas weren't jabbing devices to clear people out of your way on the subway, when you wouldn't just go for the most functional one, and when they didn't have the name of some free newspaper printed across the side. Let's go back to London in the 1950's where this series of questionably-practical but oh so gorgeous umbrellas premiered at Grosvenor House. My favorite is probably "April Bride" - because what's more English than getting married in the rain?

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