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The Inventor of the Folding Umbrella

A war injury made it difficult for Hans Haupt to carry both a walking stick and an umbrella, so he set about creating a solution. The result? The first umbrella with a telescopic frame.

It fit neatly in his pocket, and was always available when it rained! Being so small, it was natural that he referred to it as his tiny 'tot' - a young child - and that is where the brand name Knirps comes from, as ‘knirps’ means ‘tot’ in German.

In 1928, a company called Bremshey & Co could see the potential for such a product and helped produce the first varieties of this innovative pocket umbrella. It was the beginning of a new era, and many different sizes, shapes and colors were developed.

New and innovative materials were used, and daring constructions were created with many of them setting the standard for how umbrellas should be, like the first automatic version in 1965, and the new Knirps XI in 2004, the smallest Knirps of all time.

Knirps - The true umbrella expert

Knirps International was established as a separate business in 1982 and in 2003 Knirps Licence Corporation GmbH & Co KG, now better known as KLC.

Knirps has plans to go global and establish the brand in a league of its own.

As of now, there is renewed focus on a more fashion-oriented approach while still staying true to our German engineering and quality heritage.

Knirps, as a company and as a brand, is truly original and quite unique.

Umbrellas and rain protection are our passion. And while we live, breath and sleep umbrellas, and believe our know how is beyond compare, we're not resting on our laurels. We want to stay the best.

Conceived and designed in Germany

Knirps umbrellas are conceived, designed and engineered in Germany, and that on its own is a guarantee of quality, safety and innovation.

With our in-house engineering, research and design facilities, we are always looking to make our excellent products even better.

Knirps products are different because they are designed and made differently. Built to be used in the wettest of weathers, they can and do last a very long time. Materials are high quality so that they work better. Attention to detail and quality control is part of the way the firm conducts business, and it shows. To be sure of this, we put our products through rigorous testing in wind tunnels and anti-corrosion laboratory.


A bright future built on solid foundations

Despite the fact that our business is built on grey skies and rain, we feel that the future is bright for the Knirps business. A renewed focus on design and new products means that we are confident our business can look forward to many more years of excellence and growth.

Quality, innovation and hard work remain at the heart of the company, and our product solutions will always be safe to make and safe to use.

And while we appreciate that our customers are 'king', we know that without the good cooperation of our employees, we are nothing.

Our aim is to establish Knirps as the most innovative provider of protective gear against the elements in the world. Right now our heritage is umbrellas, but we're looking to build on our expertise in the field of manufacturing and materials, and so are developing new areas of business including clothes, hats and other protective equipment.

And true values

Every employee, licensee and shareholder is personally responsible and committed to the vision.

As a company, we believe in quality and design and deliver value and innovation for the customer.

We're constantly on the look out for new and innovative solutions to old problems, and the end result is that Knirps products are both technically advanced and beautifully made.

Knirps is all about excitement and pride. We in the company feel it, and so we hope our customers do too.