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The Pessimist's Umbrella

An umbrella for those who know that expecting the worst need not be cause for despair.

The umbrella has a rainfall print on the inside, along with Seneca's pessimistic aphorism: 'What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.'

Pessimism is not about despair; it's a wise attitude that knows that expecting the worst is the best way to stave off surprise and bitterness. This umbrella sagely invites us to step out into the world certain of the inevitability of suffering, loss, anxiety and - eventually - catastrophe.

A student of The School of Life understands that learning doesn't end with graduation. We spend a great deal of our time restlessly searching for ideas that can console, enlighten and enrich our lives. We understand that navigating relationships and careers is a skill, not an intuition – and are committed to educating ourselves in the art of living.

Our range of clothing and accessories is designed to celebrate this way of looking at the world; a commitment to wisdom, a wry pessimism, a consoling melancholy.

Explore our range of clothes and accessories.

Hand open umbrella with printed inside layer | 342 g | 24cm x 6cm when closed 

The Pessimist's Umbrella

€35.00
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