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Limited Edition Karen Walker For Blunt XS Metro Grand Master Umbrella

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Product code: BLU-BLXSKWGM MAHOGANY

Limited Edition Karen Walker For Blunt XS Metro Grand Master Umbrella

MAHOGANY, $119.00
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KAREN WALKER have partnered with BLUNT™, the makers of what many believe to be the world’s toughest brollies, to create a limited edition compact umbrella.

Designed in New Zealand, The BLUNT™ XS_Metro is the ultimate balance of portability and performance for a compact umbrella. It’s one of the strongest collapsible umbrellas around and when not in use, you can easily fold it up and slide it into its matching sleeve to sit conveniently in your bag.

Diameter - 95cm
Length collapsed - 36.5cm
Length extended - 55.5cm
Design engineer Greig Brebner stepped out of a doorway into the human rush hour of a London pavement, the blustery sky pockmarked with the first sprinkles of rain. At 1.9m tall, the New Zealander could see over most of the crowd to his destination. But as the downpour gathered pace, his eyes were suddenly at the mercy of hundreds of bristling spikes: the ends of umbrellas being unfurled around him. Moments later the wind turned one of them inside out, it’s owner struggling to avoid taking Greig’s eye out.

Until the moment Greig set to work on his kitchen table with a glue gun and some kite material, the basic design of the modern umbrella hadn’t changed since 1928. They come in all sorts of colours, have little push buttons and lights, some even have holes in the top that let the wind out (and water in) to stop them turning inside out. But the basics are the same. And they don’t really work. This has led to a product that fails if there’s more than a breath of wind, breaks completely after a few months and then ends up in landfill. So Greig started from scratch to redesign the entire idea of a personal weather protection canopy.

The engineer in him worked towards something that would outperform everything on the market, working flawlessly and effortlessly in conditions way beyond the capabilities of any umbrella in the world. The designer in Greig demanded that it must also be elegant and stylish. And the tall guy in him just wanted to make sure these damn things didn’t keep poking him in the face. When Greig got home he couldn’t wait to unpack his new ideas and test them out in blustery New Zealand.

He would take his prototype and walk up to Auckland’s One Tree Hill in the middle of a raging storm and see if the weather could break it. When he and the BLUNT kept surviving that, he reckoned he was on the right track. When a BLUNT performed and functioned in winds at Force 12 (>117 km/h), the maximum setting of the test wind tunnel, he got quite excited.
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