Pretty but hard to hold
I have purchased many VB umbrellas in the past so I wanted a newer pattern and bought one in Plum Crazy. What a disappointment to see how the quality has changed from what was a great product to a mediocre product. The handle is so flimsy and small that it is difficult to hold on to and the metal used is thin and weak! The open and close button does not work consistently. Please review this product for quality and stability!!! Buyer beware!
May 11, 2013
Don't Like this , product cheaply made for price.
This umbrella is cheaply made for the price; it is not sturdy enough-not even the handle.I can buy one that is 50% less of the price than the VB umbrella and have similiar parts. I bought the "Thirty one" brand umbrella which its sturdy ,similiar design, little bigger than this umbrella and is a few dollars less.Ladies don't even bother to purchase this if you are going to use this product frequently.
May 9, 2013
This is one of the best umbrellas I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot of umbrellas. The auto open/close feature is amazing. Let me say it again- auto close! When I'm trying to get out of the rain into a warm, dry building, I just press that little button and my umbrella is closed, leaving me free to waltz through the door and laugh at all the poor schmucks outside fiddling with their cumbersome umbrellas, trying to close them fast.
The case- the only time I've had any major leakage from the cover is when it's been raining like nobody's business, and even then it just makes things damp. On a regular rainy day, I can pop the umbrella in the cover and then into my bag, and everything's great.
Durability- so far (and I've had it almost a year), it seems pretty durable. In high winds the auto-close function doesn't work all that great, but then again most umbrellas have trouble closing in high winds. In comparison to a lot of other umbrellas, it seems to be pretty tough. The size is great, too- fits perfectly into most of my purses.
February 10, 2013
We don't get many rainy days here in Colorado, so I don't really need a heavy duty umbrella. If I did, I probably wouldn't have bought this one. This is great for using occasionally, however I'm not sure it would hold up if I used it all the time. I like this umbrella mostly because it stands out. I have it in Va Va Bloom and it really brightens up a grey rainy day.
January 17, 2013
Cute but not worth the hassle
I own a lot of Vera products and have a good bit of knowledge of them. I bought this in Go Wild when it launched and was pretty excited about it. Pretty sassy and fashionable. I really was hopeful because it would have been the perfect accessory to my new travel set of Plum Crazy/Go Wild. However, the day it rained- two days after I purchased it- it wouldn't stay opened. I'm 5' 1" and very petite, and it barely protected me from the rain. I got soaked on the way to work which wasn't fun. It wasn't a particularly heavy rain either. So it's considered a light umbrella with the same usefulness of a parasol.
The pop up and close button was nice...in theory. However, it only works half the time. And usually it decides to pick the time when it's raining. Because when I left work and tried it again- when it wasn't raining- I was finally able to close it. I asked others who had Vera umbrellas if they had similar problems and the reviews were mixed. Certainly, it's not the sturdiest umbrella out there of its size. I wish the top opened bigger and the handle was sturdier. Vera please update! Until then, this looker isn't work the high maintenance. Exchanging for something that won't turn on me.
January 12, 2013
Beautiful and Handy
I bought this in English Roses at the Colorful Day event in Orlando, such a beautiful print and I am very pleased with it's size and how well it opens and shuts. The sleeve is handy for after use and in keeping everything around it dry, I can slip it into my purse and not worry about anything getting wet. The 1 button touch to open and close works perfect, rains often here and even with all the use I get from it my umbrella still works flawlessly. I love umbrellas and will be buying more of the Vera umbrellas soon!!!!
January 4, 2013
Super cute, but only able to HOPE that it will las
I received this umbrella as a birthday gift after a long wait. I do really love how it looks. The colors are bright and vibrant. It folds up beautifully, and is about the perfect size, both when opened and when closed. HOWEVER, it is most definitely not super hight quality. At all. It doesn't open smoothy, and I always have to fix the little hinges. I can use it for now, but I don't expect it to last through the next rainy season.
November 17, 2012
Nice for a Rainy Day!
The Indigo Pop Umbrella is perfect for a rainy day! If it is raining you do not need to worry about un tieing it, you can just press a button and it unravels all by itself! Don't buy one of those old umbrellas from a department store, buy the Umbrella by Vera Bradley and trust me you will love it:)
November 17, 2012
I got this in provencal and its amazing. I keep my umbrella on the side pocket of my backpack for whem it rains. Its amazing!
October 21, 2012
Very Pretty Print - VaVa Bloom
I bought this item in the Vera Bradley Store in Annapolis Mall. This item was not on my list but it is VERY VERY PRETTY In person. I purchased VaVa Bloom and it is really very very pretty. I used it and you push the button to open and close which was very nice during my bus commute. This would make a great gift and now that I have seen several of the prints in PERSON, I will purchase another one.
October 20, 2012