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Where to Repair Your Umbrella

Nowadays, there are not many companies specializing in umbrella repairs. We are living in the world of disposable things, where most people prefer just buying a new umbrella when the old one breaks. However, it's not a case with an expensive vintage umbrella, maybe even of sentimental value that is no longer manufactured. If your umbrella is broken and you cannot handle this yourself or simply don't have time for this, you can try to find a company or a person experienced in such sort of work.

  • The first choice is usually to contact the manufacturer about sending it back to them for fixing or even replacement if that is appropriate for you, as many eminent brands do take care of their umbrellas and may even provide the lifetime warranty.
  • It is close to impossible to find a real umbrella repairman nowadays, but if you are lucky enough to get in touch with a professional who has devoted his life to this slowly disappearing art of repair, like Gilbert Center in New York, or Thierry Millet in Paris, then it is an excellent solution.
  • You can also proceed with asking about such a service in your local umbrella store, as they probably deal a lot with damaged of faulty umbrellas and can direct you to the service they use.
  • Another way is to head to a shoe repair service, or some universal repair place. They often provide the miscellaneous services like key cutting, and are able to take care of an your torn purse strap or a broken luggage wheel, so there's a chance that they may help you with fixing your umbrella as well.

Anyway, when restoring a truly unique item, it may be worth to ask a master how far he wants to go with that, which parts can be fixed and which ones need to be replaced entirely. An expert can usually give a quick answer helping you get some insight on the expected result in case of complex umbrella restoration.

Below you can see a few people and companies we know about that can help with repairing your umbrella.

New York

Gilbert Center

154 East 8th Street
New York, NY 11218
(917) 692-2078
gilcenter@aol.com

Mr. Gilbert Center, the umbrella man featured by New York Press, is probably the best umbrella master out there. If you are ever in Brooklyn, the borough of New York City he resides in, you have a unique chance to ask him to repair your vintage item.

Florida

Florida Umbrella Repairs

15181 Southwest 46th Street
Miramar, FL 33027
(954) 665-6196

The owner of this service located is highly professional in what concerns umbrella fixing.

Massachusetts

United Service

151B Pearl Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 426-3100

This company actually offers a wide range of repair services, from shoe repair to watch and jewelry repair, but they can fix your umbrella as well.


If you know about any other umbrella repair places, please tell us, so we could share them with others!