L'Original par Maniaco D'amore PACIFIC BLUE
The Italian artist Pietro Tenuta, alias Maniaco D'amore, revisits our umbrella l'Original.
L’Original is the brand's iconic umbrella. Fitted with eight ribs and a manual opening, its frame is both compact and solid. Its main feature is its handle : made from GEL, the ergonomic design allows the handle to adapt to the shape of your hand giving you a comfortable and firm grip.
Its thick canopy (200 threads/in2)is made with recycled plastic bottles and has a Teflon®coating, repealing water effectively. As for every one of Beau Nuage’s umbrellas, l’Original is supplied with an absorbent cover, whose three-layers technology allows you to put your wet umbrella into a bag or a pocket and keep it dry.
This season, Beau Nuage is forging a strong bond with the planet and its oceans by designing all of its umbrella fabrics from recycled plastic bottles. To celebrate this commitment, the Italian artist Pietro Tenuta, alias Maniaco d'amore, revisits the cloudy universe of Beau Nuage by signing a poetic and ephemeral collection for all rain lovers! The union around the world of Universal Blue or the liberated whales of Pacific Blue perfectly complement our range of classics ... Like a bottle in the sea, the Pacific Blue carries a message, that of the waters of all the oceans of which we must take care. Universal Blue is a surge of love and union around nature. It is a call for unity and for peace.
NB. Each Beau Nuage umbrella has its own unique name! You can find it on the back of its label.
Umbrella presented on Europe 1
Folded umbrella size: 20.5cm
Weight of the umbrella inside the cover: 350g
The frames of our umbrellas are designed to be both flexible and sturdy. It is important that the joints are very strong because these are the parts that break most often. Our joints are made from stainless nickel rivets. On the contrary, the ribs must be flexible enough not to put too much stress on the junctions. To do this, we use strong and light materials such as aluminum and especially fiberglass. The mast of our umbrellas must be both light and robust, impossible to twist. We generally use steel and aluminum alloys to ensure both aspects.
Finally, our fabrics are much denser than average (200 threads / in2 instead of 180 or 190 on conventional umbrellas), which makes them more pleasant to the touch. They are also coated with a Teflon® coating: the drops slip on them without ever entering!
Our cover is made with triple-layer absorption technology, which is now a patented technology. The inner layer, known as absorption, is a special microfiber fabric capable of absorbing up to 200 times its weight in water. The intermediate layer, called repulsion, is a perfectly waterproof material, whose role is twofold. It not only helps to keep the outer layer always dry, by preventing drops from passing through, but also constantly brings the drops back into the microfiber, allowing it to air out and therefore dry effectively. Finally, the outer layer is an umbrella canvas coated with a Teflon® coating, completely hydrophobic and pleasant to the touch.
A BEAU NUAGE IS AN-ECO FRIENDLY UMBRELLA
COMPLETE WITH AN ABSORBENT COVER
ALLOWING YOU TO ALWAYS KEEP IT DRY!
THE QUESTIONS THAT EVERYONE IS ASKING
11) HOW DOES THE BEAU NUAGE ABSORBENT COVER WORK?
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!
22) IS THE BEAU NUAGE UMBRELLA ECO-FRIENDLY?
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.
33) IS A BEAU NUAGE UMBRELLA ALWAYS SOLD WITH ITS ABSORBENT COVER?
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…
44) ARE THE BEAU NUAGE UMBRELLAS DURABLE?
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!
55) WHAT ARE THE BEAU NUAGE CANVASES MADE OUT OF?
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.
66) DO THE BEAU NUAGE UMBRELLAS HAVE A MANUAL OR AN AUTOMATIC OPENING?
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.
77) AFTER USING THEM, SHOULD I DRY MY BEAU NUAGE UMBRELLA AND COVER?
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.
88) HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY BEAU NUAGE UMBRELLA AND COVER?
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.
99) HOW DO I OPEN MY BEAU NUAGE?
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!