10 umbrella inventions that will shock you

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As we, at Beau Nuage, are all about finding ways to make people love the rain, we thought we would brighten your cloudy day by listing a few unexpected umbrella inventions, which will make you feel a lot less silly when you’re standing under your umbrella in the pouring rain!

If you have read our blog post about the history of umbrellas, (Link it here-if it is posted before this one) then you know that umbrellas have been around for almost two thousand years, with a range of purposes, styles and methods of production. ‘The New Yorker’ journalist, Susan Orlean, once said: “it's difficult to come up with an umbrella idea that hasn't already been done”, this article will prove her right and wrong at the same time, it will show you that umbrellas are forever changing, and that when you think people have thought of every ridiculous thing to convert them into, they are not done, they are never out of new ideas.

Pointless or not? That’s for you to decide…

1. The most common invention definitely seems to be backpack umbrellas. There are in fact 11 patents in the world for hands-free umbrellas, some shown in the diagram below: But if you’re not having to hold the umbrella, it might as well have maximum coverage and the extreme weight that comes with it, as it won’t be hurting your wrist, right? The possibilities are endless, imagine all the texting you can do!


2. If you’re looking for full coverage, you could opt for a ‘Full-body’ umbrella, it will definitely have you covered from all angles:

3. Or, if you’re cycling, you might be interested in a wind-shield style umbrella: It might even protect you if you fall!

4. The future of umbrellas

We all know the rain has a power to bring people’s spirits down, which is why Beau Nuage users are always so positive on rainy days- Beau Nuage umbrellas make people love the rain. However, people who don’t have Beau Nuage umbrellas might feel low, less motivated and maybe even anti-social on these days. If that is you, then you only have to wait till 2046 for the release of the “Compact Parisian Auto” by designer Daisuke Iguchi. This electric, self-driving car is aimed at tourists who want to discover Paris independently, and it is perfect for rainy days when you want to avoid the crowded public transport.

While you wait for the release of this mini car in 2046, you could invest instead in a Beau Nuage, which does practically the same job, but needs a lot less storage space, as it even fits in your bag with its handy absorbent cover! As you can see, your other alternatives aren’t that charming!

5. For example, if you want to keep your hair from getting wet, but also want to show off your outfit, this Chinese innovation might work: It floats on your neck almost like an alien, but atleast you don’t need to adapt anything “neck-down”!

6. Or, you might want to go ‘all-out’ with the Alexander McQueen “Hands-Free Rain Gear”collection, so your “umbrella” is your outfit! Though it might be a little more pricey than buying an umbrella, you will definitely catch the attention of anyone passing you on the street.

7. By now, innovators have also noticed that your hair is not the only thing you want to keep dry, which is why they invented umbrellas for your shoes! Now, you can wear suede heels in rainy weather too: You might however notice a style flaw, as when it stops raining, the mini umbrella stays on the shoe, dripping onto your toes.

8. And who’s to say that umbrellas are only for people? Innovators definitely did not forget about ‘man’s best friend’, here is the Pet Umbrella: Perfect solution for people who love their dog unconditionally and therefore take them on walks even in the rain, as there’s nothing worse than the “wet dog smell”.

9. These innovators also thought of man’s other best friend: coffee. The coffee-holder umbrella was without a doubt designed for business men and women, in a rush to the office, on those early, rainy mornings: These types of umbrellas come with drink holders that pivot in the direction you hold your umbrella in, so that you never spill your drink… genius!

10. It goes without saying, that the best invention was left for last, which is indeed our invention! When Susan Orlean said: “it's difficult to come up with an umbrella idea that hasn't already been done”, she was definitely not expecting this invention: The Beau Nuage umbrella, which comes with its own absorbent cover. Whilst reading this article, one big question must have been on your mind, and that is: “these inventions are great, but, after using the umbrellas, where and how do you store them?!”, and Beau Nuage has the perfect solution: Thanks to the patented triple layer technology absorbent cover, after using your umbrella to combat the rain, you simply need to slide the umbrella back into its case, and let it dry, without having to do anything else! What’s more is there are endless choices! In fact, there has just been a restock of the foldable mini umbrella, original umbrella, and the automatic umbrella, all of which come with this magic cover, so go check it out!


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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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