There have been a number of brands come out of Croatia recently which have been successful in international markets. One of them is umbrella manufacturers Hrvatski kišobran from Zaprešić near the capital Zagreb…
Seven years ago husband and wide Nataša and Marin Rogić launched Hrvatski kišobran and today they employ more than 30 people and produce over 700 umbrellas a day. All the umbrellas are Croatian pieces of art, with local designers creating the design and artists hand-drawing the artwork. Motives for the umbrellas include Croatian destinations such as Zagreb, Korčula and Dubrovnik.
The umbrellas are an excellent promoter of Croatia. With Hrvatski kišobran protecting people from getting wet in the UK, Japan, Italy, Austria and Germany. In Japan and the UK the Croatian umbrellas are available in over 400 outlets.
“Currently it is very popular in England that on the umbrella it is marked where it was made, whether it is made in fair conditions, whether women were involved, whether pregnant women are working there, how they are made ect. It is very important for overseas markets that each product has its own story, and ours really have some kind of story”, says Marin.
“To make one ‘Hrvatski kišobran’ 17 phases are required, from the cutting, joining triangles, putting the umbrella on his frame, placing the handle, and in the end what is most important to us and makes us different from the Chinese – quality control that we are doing here”, says Nataša, adding that each umbrella is opened and carefully examined before they go out the door.
Hrvatski kišobran announced this week that thanks to new technology which they have developed, they can now do personalised umbrellas. Customers can now take a photo of their favourite beach, place, pet, actor, food, sports star or whatever, and Hrvatski kišobran will be able to create a personalised umbrella with the photo on it.
You can check out how to order one on the Hrvatski kišobran website.