Knirps Licence Corporation GmbH & Co. KG
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. In 2012 Knirps extended their product range with the first sun-umbrella.
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.