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Black Watch and Orange | London Undercover x ACL & Co.

Dec 2nd, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co. | by Michael Williams

Last year Jamie Milestone (of London Undercover) and I first collaborated on a Black Watch plaid and orange cashmere scarf a scheme I lauded as “world’s greatest color combination.” Well, we didn’t have any intention at stopping at a simple scarf. So this year we got together and made up another collab, but one closer to London Undercover’s roots. We took the same wonderful color combo and made a limited edition London Undercover x ACL & Co. umbrella. Along the way, we’ve basically discovered that everything looks better in Black Watch and orange, this not being the exception.

More info from Mr. Milestone about our newest collaboration:

When we both met in Paris to discuss the project, we pointed out that it was in fact, our French cousins who first turned the modern Parasol into a waterproof rain umbrella. It very quickly crossed the pond and took off in London… much to the dismay of local coachmen who were doing very nicely transporting locals around in the rain. It felt fitting that we develop the umbrella in one of the oldest factories in France

The gentleman’s umbrella is hand crafted from a single piece of polished Maple wood with A Continuous handle & shaft and silver Ferrule tip. The industrial heavy-duty framework is built to last with a metal runner with protective ACL Orange fabric. The canopy is made with a waterproof Black Watch poly fabric which accommodates a bright orange interior. Complete with a special London Undercover & ACL & Co. collaboration label.

[London Undercover x ACL & Co. Umbrella in the ACL Shop]

Comments: 14

14 Comments to “Black Watch and Orange | London Undercover x ACL & Co.”

  1. MATT
    on Dec 3rd, 2011
    @ 7:53 AM


  2. elias
    on Dec 3rd, 2011
    @ 8:23 AM


  3. joelle
    on Dec 3rd, 2011
    @ 10:01 AM

    LOVE that umbrella

  4. jeff
    on Dec 3rd, 2011
    @ 9:26 PM

    You know, I really like these umbrellas, but Gust Busters are hands down the best fucking umbrellas money can buy. One windy day in any city and these umbrellas are going to be torn to shreds. Put a gust buster in a wind tunnel and it will eat it alive.

  5. Daniel
    on Dec 3rd, 2011
    @ 10:16 PM


  6. Gary
    on Dec 4th, 2011
    @ 12:08 AM

    About five years ago I bought a Swaine Adeney Brigg umbrella at great expense on the assumption that I’d only have to buy one. And it was great for about six months until the first heavy windstorm hit it and bent two rails immediately.

    I tracked down the last umbrella repairman still alive in New York area, an elderly gent out in Brooklyn, and he fixed it, informing me that the Brigg umbrella had switched to Chinese manufacture and was not nearly up to the quality standards it once held, while the price stayed high and the royal warrant placard was still prominently attached.

    Since the dude fixed it it’s been good, but I haven’t had it in a major windstorm since so who knows. If it breaks again I dunno what I’ll do. Maybe I’ll get one of these!

    Annoyed me about the Briggs though.

  7. TMH
    on Dec 4th, 2011
    @ 6:24 AM

    Will you be selling these at the Pop Up Flea?

  8. oxford cloth button down
    on Dec 4th, 2011
    @ 5:26 PM

    I love that umbrella. Great pattern/color contrast.

  9. Jonas
    on Dec 5th, 2011
    @ 1:05 AM

    I like it. Very nice burnt orange. Swap the black watch for vintage green duckhunter, and I’m in there like swimwear.

  10. Makaga
    on Dec 5th, 2011
    @ 1:21 PM

    Since there isn’t a round-up posting about the Pop-Up Flea (yet), I just wanted to thank you, Michael, for organizing such a fun event. I hope all of the shoppers had fun and the vendors had good sales. Until next year!

  11. James
    on Dec 8th, 2011
    @ 6:12 AM

    Isn’t the combination of Black Watch Tartan and Orange a bit sectarian though?
    You wouldn’t want to be wearing it at the wrong end of an Old Firm Derby, or down the Falls Road.

  12. reteptterrab
    on Dec 11th, 2011
    @ 12:33 AM

    Nailed It

  13. Tad
    on Dec 13th, 2011
    @ 10:36 AM

    It’s not black watch, but you can buy a “flight jacket” at the Boeing store with orange lining and either black, olive, or navy shell. I’m sure it’ll be a big hit with those that buy the umbrella…

  14. Hazen Pingree
    on Dec 20th, 2011
    @ 10:23 PM

    I bought a Swaine Adeney umbrella about 12 years ago, a nice black nylon with a beautiful solid maple shaft/handle. It has held up wonderfully, even in some fairly strong gusts.