Australian House & Garden - - ADVICE -

Syd­ney hus­band-and-wife duo Mike Du­rante and Krista Hueb­ner started Basil Bangs with friends back in 2010. “Be­tween us, we couldn’t find a beau­ti­ful beach um­brella for a wed­ding present,” says Krista. So they set about de­vel­op­ing their own line of vi­brant beach um­brel­las (above) un­der the Basil Bangs name. What they’ve learnt along the way is that Aus­tralians value qual­ity fin­ishes and fab­ric in an um­brella. “They also ap­pre­ci­ate the joy that some­thing cheer­ful brings to the every­day,” she says. Krista ad­vises choos­ing an um­brella in a fab­ric rated UPF 50+, with UV block­ers, weather treat­ments (anti-mould and wa­ter­proof coat­ings) and a high-grade weave.

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