The Lost Art of Umbrella Repair

Floating Umbrellas

I love Paris for many, many reasons, not the least of which is artisanal umbrella repair. Being a native Floridian, I am practically a connoisseur of umbrellas, and as with most people, when one breaks, I simply buy another. But that need not be the case if you are in Paris, where Thierry Millet is skilled in the lost art of umbrella repair. Ribs, springs, and handles dot his repair studio, which lies upstairs from his shop selling exquisite French-made umbrellas. So, next time you are in Paris, stop by Pep’s Maison on the Passage de l’Ancre.  Even if your umbrella is not broken, Pep’s is worth a visit to experience a world before the “disposable everything”…

Photo:  Floating Umbrellas

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