The word Umbrella comes from the Latin word "umbros" which means shade or shadow. Up unitl about the 18th century, umbrellas were seen as feminine accessories, but that changed when a wealthy Englishman, Jonas Hanway, began to carry one and soon there after most of the male population of England followed suit. With an estimated 33 million umbrellas being sold in the US each year, your company can benefit by using promotional umbrellas. There are many colors, sizes, and prices to choose from in our huge selection of over 350 umbrellas. We even have commercial grade outdoor and patio umbrellas for use by hotels, restaurants, ect. Promotional umbrellas make great gifts as well, especially if your region experiences alot of rain.