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.