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James Ince Umbrellas 1805

About Us

We are a small family run business who have been making and wholesaling umbrellas for over 215 years. We are the oldest umbrella manufacturer in the UK. Please take a look at our company history page for more info about our timeline and key moments. 

Richard Ince is the 6th generation managing director of this old East End family business. He prides himself in having worked in the business since a teenager, learning his craft from the skilled artisans around him; ensuring these same traditional skills are handed down through the generations and are still being used today to make quality hand crafted James Ince umbrellas. 

We are an ethical company and pride ourselves in promoting a sustainable supply chain. We work hard to source our materials from as close to home as possible from traceable, sustainable sources. We are members of Sedex , the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. We believe in investing in our workforce and retaining valuable skills which is why we are a Living Wage employer. We promote good labour practices and encourage a safe, happy and productive workforce.  And we offer flexible working to enable our staff to have a good work life balance.