Object of Desire: Business & Pleasure Umbrellas

When Lachlan Leckie and Ollie Edwards set out to create the world’s best beach umbrella, they began by consulting arguably the last remaining umbrella craftsman in their native Australia. And the gap for beautifully made parasols for the beach—but also the garden—was clearly gaping because the duo’s colorful, cheerful umbrellas are now sold across the world and appear by the pools of hotels and chic spots such as Le Sireneuse on the Amalfi coast.

Business & Pleasure Co’s nostalgic aesthetic was born when they discovered a stash of beach umbrellas from the ’80s, inspiring them to ramp up the candy colors, bold stripes and checks, retro florals, and tassle trims of their handmade umbrellas, tents, and cabanas. Today, the Business & Pleasure world has expanded to include chairs, towels, blankets, bags and resortwear and even dreamy candy colored boats.

Above: The Market Umbrella is the firm’s largest for pool, gardens and patios with a 7ft span. This version is in the retro Paisley Bay pattern and costs $599; businessandpleasureco.com
Above: The construction is built to last with wooden poles and bamboo supports and marine grade hardware.This is the Market Umbrella in 70s Panel Pink.
Above: Umbrellas that are as beautiful inside as they are outside.
Above: Each umbrella comes with a carry case for transport or for keeping it clean when not in use. Although all the umbrellas are built to withstand the elements, the company advises not leaving the parasols outside long term.
Above: The Premium Beach umbrella has a span of 6ft—shown here in a sunny yellow—and costs $299.
Above: The Holiday Beach umbrella ($199) is a more packable and slightly smaller version.

In the UK the umbrellas are sold online as well as at department stores including Selfridges.

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