Blunt and Flox col­lab­o­rate on a lim­ited-edi­tion um­brella.

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The artist Flox, aka Hay­ley King, has em­bel­lished the lat­est lim­ited-edi­tion Blunt um­brella with her trade­mark ferns, flow­ers and vi­brant birds. “An um­brella is ba­si­cally a walk­ing can­vas,” says Blunt’s co-founder Scott King­ton. “So it makes sense for us to col­lab­o­rate with artists – and we’ve ad­mired her work for a while.” What’s the idea? The idea is to cre­ate a new piece of art ev­ery year and com­bine it with a great cause [Ox­fam]. Hope­fully peo­ple will be look­ing for­ward to see­ing who we part­ner with each year. I loved the Dick Frizzell um­brella and this new de­sign by Flox is so dif­fer­ent and in­cred­i­bly stun­ning. There’s a mu­ral, too? Yes, we’ve com­mis­sioned a mu­ral by Flox, close to our of­fice in New­mar­ket, which bright­ens up the neigh­bour­hood. You give $30 from each sale to Ox­fam to sup­port Pa­cific com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by cli­mate change. Why is that im­por­tant to an um­brella com­pany? I think sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity should be im­por­tant for any busi­ness. We are all in­ter­con­nected and we love the abil­ity to use busi­ness for good like this. Can you ac­tu­ally break a Blunt? It’s pos­si­ble, but you have to be try­ing in­cred­i­bly hard or be very un­lucky.

Top The lim­ited-re­lease de­sign by Flox for Blunt.

Above Flox, aka Hay­ley King, cre­ates a mu­ral in Auck­land.

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