There is obviously more than one way to protect yourself from the elements, but we’re not here to discuss disposable ponchos. Being that rainy days are about as British as Queen Mary and bad teeth, some talented blokes came up with a classy solution to all the rainfall a long time ago. Namely, keeping dry under the finest of materials. Of course, we’re talking about the Aston Martin DB4 Convertible and the Swaine Adeney Brigg umbrella. Both issued royal warrants for supplying the royal family and both were sported by the likes of 007.
The Aston Martin DB4 Convertible was unveiled in 1962 and is definitely among the sexier ways to keep the rain out. The lightweight, Superleggera body was designed by Milanese coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Touring. Leave it the Italians to design Britain’s sexiest car, and form the basis for all future Aston Martin classics. Beautiful and rare, just 70 convertible examples were known to have been built out of the roughly 1,110 DB4s produced.
You may not think you know Swaine Adeney Brigg, but perhaps the most famous hat in show business, the one worn by Indiana Jones throughout the film series, was crafted by the famed British company. Formed in 1943 when Swaine Adeney joined forces with Thomas Brigg and Sons, Swaine Adeney was origninally a maker of fine leather whips and later luggage. The company went on to specialize in the finest of walking sticks and umbrellas. The wide variety of hand woven silk cloth and luxurious handle materials makes them the choice of any true dandy.
The spokes making up the Borrani knock-off wheels clearly resemble the umbrella’s metal canopy frame. And since touch and feel is such a big part of design, both Aston and Swaine chose to use beautifully polished wood in areas where we connect with the product – the steering wheel and the handle.
The DB4 created this iconic shaped mesh chrome grille while Swaine uses a sterling silver handle as an option. The DB4 top cloth is designed to keep you dry and looking good and Swaine uses hand woven silk fabric to wick rain.
The DB4 uses supple black leather in the interior. Swaine offers a luxe black calf-skin handle. A shot of color goes a long way. This red/tan combo resembles that of a classic Ferrari but hey, it was designed in Milan. Swaine offers all the beautiful classic English tartans.
Interior details like the 3.7L dual overhead straight 6 are what makes the DB4 tick. Swaine offers a hidden pen option in their handles. They also offer a tan ostrich handle, similar to the tan top of the DB4.