Toronto, April 4, 2012 – We first met and interviewed third-generation umbrella maker Richard Igra at the Fulton Spring/Summer 2011 launch at the Distillery District in March of last year. Igra is the president of the Canadian division of Fulton Umbrellas, a company founded in London, England in 1956 by mechanical engineer Arnold Fulton that has grown to become the gold standard in umbrellas and rainwear accessories. In fact, the company holds a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen of England and is the official umbrella supplier to the British Royal Family.
Last night, Fulton held their Spring/Summer 2012 Launch at the Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery in Parkdale. The new line of umbrellas and accessories are fruity, flirty and floral featuring a wide spectrum of eye-catching patterns and style for men, women and children. Prices range from $20-$80 and as Igra explains, designs are influenced from contemporary runway trends of Milan, Paris, London, and New York. Fulton also collaborates with designers and for SS12 they’ve gone with renowned UK designers Lulu Guinness, Orla Kiely, Cath Kidston, Ella Doran, and Morris & Co.
Some highlights for SS12 include floral and animal print umbrellas in addition to a broader range of birdcage umbrellas for women. They’ve also introduced raincoats for both men and women and a new square-shapped parasol called Parasoleil that provides protection from both sun and rain. The Eco Walker is an eco-friendly umbrella that is made from naturally occurring raw materials and is biodegradable. Another cool umbrella is the Tri-brella which is a 3-in-1 multi-purpose umbrella that comes with an interchangeable handles. There’s one for clamping to a chair or table, a beach spike that converts it into a beach umbrella, and a traditional handle for rainy days.
Many of the traditional men’s umbrellas from last spring/summer can be found for SS12. They’ve added a few new designs including a very cool Shoreditch umbrella that comes in both tweed check and herringbone print. The Huntsman in black and weave print khaki is another great addition for SS12 men.
Fulton umbrellas are available at The Hudson’s Bay Company (The Bay), Sears, Ogilvy, Harry Rosen, Simon’s, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, and many other independent retailers.
Group Photo (top): Don Miller
Julio & Spiro Photo (bottom): Richard Fabregui
All Other Photos: Spiro Mandylor, Olympus Digital Photography