Hailing from the west coast of Canada, in the rainy city of Vancouver; we like many others were frustrated by the endless cycle of broken umbrella after broken umbrella. While living in a city that rains 9 months of the year; we went through countless umbrellas breaking them in every single way possible. Whether it was due to poor quality construction, weak hinged joints or even from flipping inside out from the wind; every single umbrella we used ended with the exact same fate. Considering umbrellas have existed for thousands of years, we simply couldn’t fathom why there has been no solution for a durable umbrella. As automotive engineers, we’ve designed and built cars emphasizing on performance and reliability. The everyday car has been optimized to run for decades whereas the everyday umbrella can barely last beyond a season. That’s when we decided to apply the same principles and design philosophy we use in building cars into redefining the everyday umbrella.
We listed every feature that we liked amongst current umbrellas and everything we would want in ours. Going back to basic engineering principles and leveraging automotive design processes, we defined a new architecture, new mechanisms and improved product life. We had to redesign almost every single component. In the end, aside from making the strongest umbrella, we believe we have created the most versatile umbrella. An umbrella with a fully carbon fiber architecture, interchangeable canopy capability, and an automotive inspired suspension system to combat even the most chaotic winds. Truly a product proud enough to declare the last umbrella you will ever buy!
We’re a group of designers, hackers and innovators who all share the same passion to design well-crafted and beautiful products.
Cahay, from Edmonton, Alberta, is a Mechanical Engineering graduate out of the University of Alberta. Cahay is a product designer at heart and an automotive enthusiast who's built and raced Formula style race cars; the experience that sparked the idea behind the umbrella’s Rib Suspension System. As a co-founder of Hedgehog, he is the finance and tech guru constantly creating innovative solutions for future products.
Kevin, from Toronto, Ontario, is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo. A natural problem solver, Kevin brings a wealth of experience from the automotive and aerospace sectors and a diverse jack-of-all-trades skill set to tackle any obstacles. As a co-founder of Hedgehog, he handles the business development and sales matters to deliver the ultimate customer experience.
Cameron, from Newmarket, Ontario, is currently a Media Studies student with a specialization in Public Relations at the University of Guelph-Humber. She is a budding professional in the media arts and is truly passionate about photography, journalism and creative literature. At Hedgehog, she is the Social Media Manager fueling her passion to build and curate content for the masses.
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