Francesco Maglia: The Umbrella Maker Of Milan

…”The Maglia family have been partners with the rain since 1854, when the first Francesco Maglia began producing umbrellas by hand in Pavia. Francesco, who has just turned seventy, is the fifth Maglia to carry on the name of company founder. He is tall, well-dressed and has a long white beard. He carries himself with a spontaneous elegance that is quite rare in today’s world.

A Maglia umbrella requires seventy production steps. Forget about plastic and flimsy shafts that turn inside out with the first gust of wind. These umbrellas are made to last.”…

Words: Andrea Mignolo
Photographer: Gianluca Giannone
Part of “The Workshop” by Blinking City

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