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Designing a Bespoke Umbrella

Designing a Bespoke Umbrella

Every Fox Umbrella is made to order so why not take advantage of this and fully customise your new umbrella?

The first step is to decide the type of umbrella that you want: Tube, Stick, Solid or Telescopic (foldable). Difference explained here

It is useful to view all the umbrellas on the range so that you are familiar with the options available. Once ready, you can visit our Bespoke Umbrellas section and start customising your new umbrella.

Depending on the style of your new umbrella, some of these options will be available:

Handle (Tube and Stick umbrellas)
Select your preferred handle and finish (if applicable).


Tip Cup (Gents Tube)
The purpose of the tip cup fitted to the handle is to be pushed over the tips of the umbrella when the umbrella is wet rather than furling the umbrella damp. This way the cover remains open and the water can run off. You would use this when walking into shops or buildings when you have been using the umbrella and can’t open up the umbrella to dry.

All Solid and Stick umbrellas that can’t have a Tip Cup fitted have a rubber ring.

Ladies and telescopic umbrellas don’t have tip cups.


A collar is a metal band fitted to the handle of the umbrella. We have rolled gold, hallmarked silver and nickel collars available to choose from. You can learn more about collars here.


We offer engraving on both collars and tip cups. You can learn more about engraving here.


Frame (Gents Tube)
The frame incorporates the ribs (spokes) that hold the umbrella together and provide the classic Fox Umbrellas’ dome shape. Gents Tube umbrellas come with a 25" Steel frame and it is available in two finishes: Classic Brown Tube with black ribs or the modern Black Tube with black ribs.

Frame (Ladies Tube)

Ladies’ tube frames come in two sizes: 20” long and 23.5” long with the classic Brown tube with Black ribs.

Frame (Telescopics)
Telescopic frames come with an 8 or 10 ribs Nickel plated Steel frame.

The length of the 10 Rib umbrella is approximately 18" (45 cm) from handle to end and the cover when opened is approximately 40" in diameter (103.5 cm).

The length of the 8 Rib umbrella is approximately 14.25" (36 cm) from handle to end and the cover when opened is approximately 36" in diameter (91.5 cm).


Wood End (Gents Tube Only)
The wood end is situated at the top of the umbrella on the opposite side to the handle. It is made out of wood and fitted with a metal ferrule.

You can leave Fox Umbrellas to select the best match (taking the finish of the handle into account) or select your preference out of the three finishes: Black, Medium Brown and Dark Brown.


The tips secure the canopy to the end of the ribs on the frame. Black tips are usually fitted as standard but Nickel and Gilt finish are also on offer.

Stick (Gents Stick)
Select the desired colour finish of your stick: Medium Brown, Dark Brown or Black.

Umbrella length (Gents Stick and Solid)
The standard size of our umbrellas is usually 36” long, however, you can choose to have your umbrella made shorter or longer to suit you perfectly. You can find our measuring guide here

Band (E.Band or M.Band)

The band fastens your umbrella when not in use. The E.Band is made of elasticated material and affords some flexibility at the time of furling your umbrella. A M.Band or made band is a band made with the same material as the canopy. It will last longer than an E.Band but will require that the umbrella is neatly furled when closing down. You can learn more about bands here.

Contrast Stitch/Hem/Seam
The use of a contrast stich is a great way of further personalising your umbrella with contrast hem being the most popular.

Border around cover
A strip of fabric on a different colour sewn around the end of the canopy.

Inside Cap
This is a round piece of fabric situated between the frame and canopy.

Inside/Outside Rosette
A classic embellishment.

Outside Case
Perfect for protecting your umbrella when not in use.

Further Options

Invisible Join (Selected Stick Umbrellas)
The stick is fraised and joined by hand to give this umbrella a smooth finish on the join, this gives the appearance of a solid umbrella.

Standard or Packable Fittings (tube, stick)
Packable fittings make it possible to remove the handle and wood end of your umbrella making it easier for it to fit inside a suitcase.


Twin Rib Frame (Selected Gents Stick and Solid umbrellas)
A twin Rib Frame adds strength to the frame, much like a golf umbrella.