How to choose your umbrella? [1/3]

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That’s a question we have all asked ourselves at least once: for the most forethoughtful, an umbrella was at home, near the fireplace or doorway. Those of us who were less prepared probably faced the question too late, having not expected a downpour and having already become soaking wet. So how can you choose your umbrella? It is a serious question, to say the very least, and we shall answer it here. Let’s face it, once you’ve experienced being unprepared for heavy rain, you never want to experience it again. Here is a quick overview of the different types of umbrellas!

Long umbrellas and cane umbrella: large and comfy… but large!

As stated by their own name, cane umbrellas have a stiff mast that enables them to be used as a cane. These are very large and strong umbrellas, because their mast is made in one piece. 

Nevertheless, even though long umbrellas may lack in certain aspects of practicality, they make up for it in style and sophistication.

Long umbrellas are perfect for those of you, for whom elegance comes before practicality. Those of you who wish to develop their dandy style will long for long umbrellas!

Besides, they are the comfiest of the variety of umbrellas. Large canopy size that protects you from heavy rains, resistant materials that will make them unbreakable, double-fabric used from time to time that makes them windproof… If you don’t mind storing a larger umbrella and you don’t use the tube when crowded, then a long umbrella is definitely what you need! The gentleman’s touch!

Foldable umbrellas: so practical on a daily basis!

If you are looking for a useful rain accessory for your daily use, a foldable umbrella is what you need! It is a wonderful technological achievement! Its first prototype was created in France by the genius Jean Marius, who lived under the reign of King Louis XIV of France. This kind of umbrella is very useful since it enables you to carry it everywhere. It is small and light and thus is never a burden. You can put it in your purse or sometimes even your coat’s pockets. It is by far the most convenient umbrella for every individuals’ personal needs.

Which kind of foldable umbrella should you choose? There are two kinds of foldable umbrellas:

  • First, let’s talk about manually opening umbrellas. For those, you just slide its mechanism along the mast until you hear a singular clicking sound. These are safe and long-lasting umbrellas. If you are keen on simplicity and savoir-faire, manual umbrellas are what your dreams are made of. Not only do you keep total control of your umbrella, but also you are guaranteed to get the lightest umbrellas on the market. You can find original ones, but also minis that are even lighter and more compact. The minis are the best umbrellas we can recommend if you like travelling. Such a small brolly leaves room for many other useful accessories in your luggage. Minimalists live for minis. A pocket is more than enough for it!

  • There are also automatic foldable umbrellas. It’s a must-have accessory; a marvel of technology. Using it couldn’t be any simpler: you just have to press its button to open and close it. As soon as you feel a single raindrop, you can open it in the blink of an eye. You can conveniently take shelter in a second, when you get out of your car or leave a store. Nonetheless, to clarify: The full opening and closing of the frame are automatic, but you still need to push the mast into to the handle in order to fully fold it back, which may be harder than closing a manual umbrella, since there is a strong spring required for the automation. Automatic umbrellas are longer and heavier than manual ones. There are for the ones who seek the perfect compromise between a solid umbrella and a practical one. Just be careful of your surroundings when you open it!

Congratulations, you now have chosen the type of umbrella that fits you the most! Let’s get on the next step…


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  • The Beau Nuage absorbent cover absorbs the raindrops and hold them with a patented three-layers technology. The inner "absorption" layer is composed of a microfiber fabric able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water.  There is an intermediate layer under the inner one. This layer is made of a water repellent fabric and has a dual function : not only does it enable the outer layer to stay dry by preventing the rain drops from coming through, it also attracts the water towards the microfiber layer in order to ventilate it and dry it effectively. Lastly, the outer layer is a thick umbrella fabric (200threads/in2) with a Teflon® covering which makes it waterproof. It thus prevents raindrops from leaking. In short, you can put your Beau Nuage umbrella into a bag or a pocket and keep it dry!

  • Yes, the Beau Nuage umbrella is eco-friendly! As of September 2020, we have decided to go the extra mile for the environment by designing all the canvases of our umbrellas and covers from recycled plastic bottles. The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organization Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle that would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. In addition to this step, from the start, we have taken measures to protect the environment. For example, the protection of and access to safe drinking water is crucial for a healthy planet. This is why we are very happy to be partners of the Solidarités International association, which has been fighting for more than 35 years for access to drinking water for all. Since June 2019, we donate to this association for each cloudy product ordered on our site. Each product ordered represents an average of 12 hours of access to drinking water for a household! In addition, we eliminate waste by donating all of our unusable Beau Nuage to the Nice Foundation. There, they are sorted by people in professional reintegration and volunteers. The overly damaged umbrellas are then recycled, to minimize the damage to our planet.

  • Yes it is! A Beau Nuage umbrella is inseperable from its cover and the other way around. Even Le Gentleman has its own absorbent cover that enables you to carry it over the shoulder! If you ever spot a Beau Nuage without its cover, contact us quickly…

  • The Beau Nuage umbrellas are built with innovating materials, both flexible and robust. These materials make our umbrellas more resistant and enjoyable than any others. The shaft is made of aluminium and steel so that it is not too heavy (only steel) nor too fragile (only aluminium). Likewise, the ribs of our umbrellas are made of flexible materials, like fiberglass, but very strong, stainless ones for the junction between the ribs, where we favoured nickel for its strength and aesthetic. Our canopies have 200 threads/in2 and are thicker than average (180 threads/in2) and the ribs and canopies are both handmade. Last but not least, our unique Beau Nuage cover, unique, allows you to know where your umbrella is at all times since you can always keep it in your bag ! In that way, the Beau Nuage umbrellas last much longer than others!

  • As of September 2020, all the canvases of our umbrellas are made out of recycled plastic bottles.  The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organisation Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle which would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. 

  • It depends! Le Mini and L’Original have a manual opening whereas L’Automatique and Le Gentleman have an automatic opening. Better still, the aptly named L'Automatique also has an automatic closing. The automation is a wonderful feature that allows you to open and close your umbrella iwith the most ease. But to be of good quality, like the Beau Nuage Automatique, this technology requires a stiff spring. It is thus primarily suitable for the robust and larger umbrellas, like Le Gentleman. That’s why we’ve favoured excellent quality manual openings for Le Mini and L’Original so that these two umbrellas are compact and easy to carry.

  • As we said previously, the Beau Nuage cover is able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water. Nevertheless, we advise you to thoroughly dry the umbrella before placing it back in its absorbent cover. It is recommended that you turn the cover inside out and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying.

  • After heavy rain, we advise you to let your Beau Nuage cover and umbrella dry at home, like any other accessory subjected to rain. It will prevent any corrosion of your umbrella. If your absorbent cover is dirty, you can wash it, either by hand or in the washing machine, in delicate mode and at 30°C, without softener. Lastly, if your umbrella is wrinkled, you can iron it to make it look as good as new! To do so, you only need to open it and gently apply the steam for the iron on each parts of the canopy, one by one.

  • The technique for opening your Beau Nuage depends entirely on the model you have purchased! Did you choose l'Original? To open it, all you have to do is slide the mast upwards until it stops, without pressing the button. To close it, press the button then retract the mast by hand by pressing on the top of the umbrella. Have you selected le Mini? To open it, simply slide the mast until it stops. To close it, you just have to do the opposite. For l'Automatique, just press the button to open it. To close it, you must also press the button then retract the mast by hand, pushing on the top of the umbrella. Finally, for our majestic Gentleman, all you have to do is press the button to open it. However, it is closed manually. Store it in its absorbent cover head first so that you can take it out by holding it by the handle. For all models, after use, it is advisable to turn the absorbent cover over and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying! 

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