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Francesco Maglia

  • Umbrella maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Francesco Maglia Umbrella maker
Contact
Italian, Arabic, English, French
Hours:
Monday to Friday 08:00 - 17:00, Saturday by appointment
Phone:
+39 0255219333
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Under my umbrella

  • • Francesco offers a bespoke service
  • • 8 to 10 fabric triangles make up an umbrella
  • • He sells his handcrafted umbrellas on Mr Porter

The Maglia family have been crafting umbrellas in the same way since 1854. Throughout the six generations there has always been a son named Francesco and Francesco Maglia follows the tradition step-by-step with pride, enthusiasm and the business instinct of millennials. Raised among umbrellas, he now runs the Milan workshop together with his mother with the support of a handful of skilled artisans. The umbrella maker is "an assembler" according to him as different pieces come together like a harmonic jigsaw where functionality meets craftsmanship. The workshop has an archive of thousands of patterns for the design of the fabrics the canopy is made of; each one is hand cut, inspected and then seamed with a special resistant thread.

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Works

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Solid stick umbrella in Canadian maple wood

This umbrella is assembled onto a natural wooden shaft, consisting entirely of a single piece of wood. The woodworking includes many manual steps from bending and grinding, to finishing touches like waxing. For this reason, every shaft is unique, while the tip is made of turned brass.

Height 92 cm
Diameter 106 cm

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Solid stick umbrella with Deer horn handle and Chestnut stick

Umbrella made with a deer horn handle assembled following traditional techniques dating back to the 19th century onto a natural wooden shaft, the chestnut stick is manually bent, grinded and waxed.

Height 94 cm
Diameter 108 cm

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Picnic umbrella

Francesco Maglia devised a classy version of the beach or picnic umbrella. Perfect for both sunny and rainy days, it can be disassembled to be used as a single umbrella, making it very useful during summer thunderstorms. The quality of materials and strength of the structure make it suitable for all weather conditions.

Height 98 cm
Diameter 132 cm

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Vintage umbrella with shiny Malacca handle

The collection of vintage umbrellas draws inspiration from classic models with a touch of retro feel and recent couture. All the umbrellas can be embellished with bows, ribbons and exquisite passementerie.

Height 86 cm
Diameter 86 cm

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Tampus Umbrella with Japanese Bamboo handle

The Tampus umbrella was originally inspired by the Fit-Up style. Its main feature is that handle and tip are both made of bamboo to create a unique and highly refined product.

Height 76 cm
Diameter 102 cm

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