First of all, I've always wanted one of these umbrellas, but they were over priced! I jumped on this buy because I thought the price had come down. That's not the case - the quality went down and that's how the price is lowered. Its a beautiful umbrella. I haven't had the chance to use it yet, no rain. I did, however, have the chance to show someone that needed an umbrella - my new umbrella! Upon opening it for the first time - the handled came off in my hand. I was embarrassed and angry. Not only had I not even had the chance to USE it but it broke so easily. See the picture for a view at the cheap piece of plastic that the top half connects to the bottom half with. So very disappointed.