The Difference Between a Parasol & an Umbrella

We’re often asked about what constitutes a parasol vs. an umbrella. The basic answer is that it depends what you’re using it for. If you're blocking out the sun, it’s a parasol. If you’re using it to stay dry during rainstorm, it’s an umbrella. parasol noun a lightweight umbrella used, especially by women, as a sunshade.   umbrella noun a light, small, portable, usually circular cover for protection from rain or sun, consisting of a fabric held on a collapsible frame of thin ribs radiating from the top of a carrying stick or handle.   All umbrellas CAN be used

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Five Ways to Celebrate National Umbrella Day

Today is National Umbrella Day. You're probably thinking, "I had no idea such a day existed!" Well, here at BRELLI, it's one of our favorite holidays! So in honor of this oddly-specific day, here are our top five suggestions for "celebrating."  An umbrella pathway in Dubai, UAE.    Shade yourself from the sun The BRELLI blocks 99% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. So get out there and enjoy enjoy the rays.    Protect yourself from the rain Stay dry in style. We've got different sizes so anyone can fit under the canopy.    Be glamorous Accentuate your outfit and stand

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Why Bamboo is the Sustainable Material of the Future

We at Brelli are regularly asked, “Why do you make your umbrellas and parasols out of bamboo? What’s so special about that particular material?” Beyond just being lightweight and stylish, here are four reasons why we make our sustainable umbrellas and parasols out of bamboo. A bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan   A look at Brelli bamboo parasol frames sun-drying in Chiang Mai, Thailand   It grows like a weed Bamboo actually holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world’s fastest growing plant. It can grow up to an astonishing 1.2 meters (almost four feet) per day. If

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The Brelli: The World's Most Eco-Friendly Umbrella

In 2013, Americans generated roughly 254 million TONS of trash. That translates to roughly 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day! Of this, only about a third was recycled or composted. While much of this trash is food waste, disposable products make up a substantial portion as well.   What happens when you throw away a traditional umbrella? Don’t buy those cheap $4 umbrellas at your local bodega. Estimates show that more than a million of those flood NYC alone every year. Not only will they be discarded almost immediately, they won’t shield you from the rain! When

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Sunscreen vs. a Parasol: Which Better Protects Your Skin?

For those of us with fair skin, staying clear of the sun's harmful effects can be a struggle. We've heard about the dangers that the sun's rays pose, but we're not sure exactly how to ensure that we're protected. Along with lathering up with sunscreen, we try donning big hats, long sleeves, or a variety of other measures to stay safe. However, there is a possible alternative. Parasols, meaning "sun shields," have long been popular in Asia, but now they're gaining traction in the U.S. as well. So perhaps the question is: which method provides superior protection?   Types of UV light   There are two

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A Melanoma Survivor's Story

Timna Understein, a longtime friend of ours here at The Brelli, has created a video discussing her experience overcoming a melanoma diagnosis. Timna runs a blog and Facebook page called "Respect the Rays," which provides valuable tips and resources for women with melanoma. We have worked with Timna on many occasions including the "Pass the Parasol" campaign, Wings of Hope Melanoma Gala and other events regarding the fight against melanoma.    Click the photo below to watch her inspriational new video on WebMD. 

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The Brelli Production Process: Fair Trade & Sustainability

At Brelli, we are extremely proud of all of our umbrellas and parasols. We love sharing with the world exactly how they're made, and we find that our customers really want to know these details. Rest assured that any product you buy from us is sustainable, handcrafted, made with fair trade practices, and emits only the smallest of carbon footprints.    BRELLIX™ film Our production process begins with the making of BRELLIX, our propriertary, biodegradable film used for the canopy of our umbrellas and parasols. Made in Seattle, Washington, this material adheres to strict environmental standards for sustainability and provides unparalleled UV protection. 

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Lady Gaga Spotted Rocking a BRELLI!

Back in September, Lady Gaga was spotted on the set of American Horror Story: Hotel in Los Angeles rocking a grey medium BRELLI! Being conscious of the harmful UV rays, Lady Gaga wanted something fashionable to protect her from the sun while outside all day on the set. We'd say she looks great!          

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Jamie Lee Curtis Loves Her Brelli

  Jaime Lee Curtis can’t say enough about the BRELLI. She loves them and takes them everywhere she goes. She’s even had people take them from her! “Perfect simplicity…it’s Zen and functional”. Watch the video to hear how Jaime Lee Curtis can’t live without her BRELLI.

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The BRELLI in Total Recall

We are very excited to announce that BRELLI is in the blockbuster Total Recall 2012! Throughout the movie, the BRELLIs are continuously featured. Whether it's a fashion statement, or for shelter from the rain…the BRELLI is THE umbrella of TOTAL RECALL 2012! Total Recall is a science fiction action film. It imagines what the future would be like when scientists are able to erase and replace part of our memory. What is real? What is recall? It happens to Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrel), who used to be a spy and is now a factory worker. Because of his reoccurring nightmares, he

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The BRELLI is the perfect luxury eco-friendly umbrella. The BRELLI's transparent canopy provides superior protection from the sun (it provides 99% UVA/UVB/UVC protection), rain, and can withstand winds up to 40 mph. Beautiful and functional, the BRELLI is a brilliant evolutionary leap forward from the conventional umbrella. With designer umbrella appeal, this sun parasol is the ultimate luxury high fashion accessory with responsibility.

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