Why buy a more expensive umbrella?

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An umbrella is an essential tool that protects you from the rain. There are millions of companies around the world that offer umbrellas of all sizes and colours. With so many options, it should be easy to find a cheap umbrella that works well and lasts for multiple uses, right? The answer is not as simple as you think.


How many times have you bought an umbrella that snaps with the first gust of wind? How many times have you bought an umbrella that pinches your fingers and doesn’t close properly? How many times have you brought an umbrella that soaks your wallet, phone, and metro card when you put it in your bag? All of these questions illustrate the dilemma of a cheap umbrella.


Compared to a cheap umbrella, a quality umbrella has many advantages. A quality umbrella has a water-resistant canvas, dense enough to repel it. Quality fabrics are coated with hydrophobic coatings, such as Teflon®, which allows drops to slide off. A high-quality umbrella also has a more sophisticated level of frame that prevents it from breaking in the event of that it turns over, as we explained in our article “The common link between airplane wings and an umbrella”. This is a very important point for the durability of the product.


In addition, better quality umbrellas also have more ergonomic and comfortable handles. This is the case, for example, on our umbrella the Original, which has a memory foam handle! Finally, on poor quality umbrellas, covers are of no use. They are even bulky. A good quality umbrella must offer a quality cover. Beau Nuage is the only brand to offer an absorbent cover to store your umbrella without getting your things wet.


Beyond all these technical aspects, the price difference between low-end umbrellas and mid-range or high-end umbrellas can also be explained by monitoring and quality control. A true umbrella brand has inspection and testing procedures in place on all of its umbrellas to verify that they all meet customer expectations. Beau Nuage is the only brand to test all of its products sent.


A high-end umbrella also comes in a variety of colors and designs to best meet the needs of the customer. Unlike a low quality umbrella, a high quality umbrella is not one-size-fits-all : it may be adapted to fit the needs of different types of customers! For instance, our Mini umbrella is perfect for a working professional to store in their purse when they are on the go, while our Gentleman umbrella is perfect for a man who wants to keep himself and his partner dry when it rains. Unlike a low quality umbrella, our umbrellas also come in many colours. We of course have a classic black color, but we have more vibrant colours for those who love to stand out, and keep things fresh by constantly releasing capsule collections with limited-edition patterns!

A high-end umbrella company also makes commitments and gives back to the community instead of only focusing on making a profit. For instance, at Beau Nuage, All the canvases of our umbrellas and our patented absorbent covers are made of recycled plastic bottles. In partnering with the organization Solidarités International, we have been donating a percentage of the revenue for each rainy product ordered on our website towards the mission of clean drinking water for all. Every umbrella bought provides 12 hours of access to drinking water for an entire  household! We also eliminate waste by recycling the umbrellas that do not meet our quality control standards.

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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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