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Knirps: They Invented it!

Knirps, the makers of our super strong umbrellas, have been manufacturing umbrellas for 85 years in Germany.  Not only do their umbrellas feature fashion prints, fresh colors, and unsurpassed quality, but the company invented the folding umbrella!

In 1928, innovative engineer Hans Haupt had trouble carrying both a walking stick and an umbrella, due to a war injury.  His solution was the first umbrella with a telescopic frame - the folding umbrella!  This tiny umbrella fit nicely in his pocket for rainy weather, while his other hand rested on his walking stick.  He called his small new invention his "tiny tot" - a young child - and "Knirps" means "tot" in German.

This unique innovation launched a new era for umbrellas, for fashion, and for convenience.  Innovation continues today, as Knirps works to invent smaller and smaller "tots" - tiny umbrellas.

The word Knirps actually means “little one” in German, and ever since the company invented the folding umbrella in 1928, it has set the worldwide standard for designing umbrellas that are not only “little,” but fashionable and durable as well.

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