By SHIMPEI WAKAMATSU/ Staff Writer
June 28, 2021 at 08:00 JST
KOBE--A “stained-glass”?plastic umbrella designed by an online shopping company here has become such a hit that orders may not arrive until well after the rainy season ends.
Its canopy features the retro-themed motif inspired by the distinctive style of the Taisho Era (1912-1926).
The vinyl umbrella caused a stir online immediately after it was released in late April by Felissimo Corp.
Felissimo said it has been flooded with orders, and it takes about two to three months for customers to receive the umbrella.
It sells for 1,980 yen ($18), including tax.
The design was conceived by a product planner during her first year at the company. It took about two and a half years for Felissimo to bring the umbrella into shape.
The ribs are about 60 centimeters long to protect users from rain even when they are dressed in a voluminous skirt or kimono.
When the umbrella is opened on a sunny day, the sunlight passing through the canopy creates colorful shades.
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