Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

JB Poignet established Piganiol in 1884, located at 16 Des Fosses Road in Aurillac. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Workers show handcrafted umbrellas at Piganiol’s manufacturing facility in Aurillac. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Umbrellas stocked in Piganiol’s manufacturing facility. Aside from producing patented and designer collections, the company also produces bespoke umbrellas for clients. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Above, the window display of Piganiol in Aurillac. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

A worker handcrafts a shepherd’s umbrella at Piganiol in Aurillac. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

A worker checks fabrics for potential defects. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

A worker sews together umbrella parts at Piganiol’s facility in Aurillac. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Mathieu Piganiol, current chief executive of Piganiol. Since 1884, five generations have succeeded each other at the head of the French umbrella manufacturer. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

A Piganiol worker puts finishing touches to an umbrella. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Jean Piganiol, former chief executive of Piganiol, checks an umbrella. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Handcrafted umbrellas stocked in Piganiol’s manufacturing facility. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

Above, mirrors are positioned to picture a umbrella that would be made at Piganiol’s facility. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

Iconic luxury with Piganiol from Aurillac, the ‘birthplace of umbrellas’ – in pictures

A pile of shepherd’s umbrellas inside Piganiol’s manufacturing facility. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

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