We're a mum and daughter team who believe we should be able to enjoy our outdoor lifestyle, protect ourselves from the sun, AND feel good at the same time.
We're based in Perth, Australia's sunniest capital city. We created Sunbella to help women feel beautiful, stay cool, and prevent hat-hair, whilst protecting their skin from up to 98% of UV rays.
Our parasols are designed to compliment you and your outfit, not detract from it.
They have light, neutral coloured cotton canopies, and stunning wooden handles. They feel beautiful to hold and look elegant. We believe that you should be the main attraction, not your parasol.
Serious sun protection
Our sun parasols have a unique cotton canopy that looks attractive, but is also enhanced with a sun protection treatment so the fabric blocks up to 98% of UV rays.
All of our products have been rated UPF50+ by the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Protection Authority which is the highest UPF rating possible (https://www.arpansa.gov.au/).
To put it in perspective, your old rain umbrella probably only has a UPF15 rating.
Designed in Australia, Sunbella products have been designed to be sturdy yet lightweight. They'll stand up to the gusty winds of the Australian summer whilst only weighing between 250 and 290 grams.
They have a wind vent in the top that looks attractive, but also helps dissipate the breeze.
You asked, we listened.
Our new Compact Cosmopolitan Collection has a larger canopy for premium protection, a convenient wrist strap, and superior wind resilience, combined with Sunbella’s trademark elegant design and maximum UPF50+ rating.
The Cosmopolitan Collection has you covered.
On top of the standard features that you would expect from a sun parasol (Serious sun protection, UPF50+, elegant & functional designs), the following additional features make the product better... but also much more expensive for us to manufacture.
Ultra wind resistant: The Compact Cosmopolitan will withstand even the toughest Summer winds. It’s our most wind resistant product yet, with our highest quality mechanism ever - a mechanism which costs more than any of our previous ones, and commands a minimum order of 3,000 units.
Outstanding shade coverage: Of course this product still has the highest UPF rating possible, but it also has a larger canopy, providing wider shade coverage. The open canopy has a diameter of 93cm (37 inches), so it'll require more fabric to manufacture them.
Compact and convenient: The main advantage of the aptly named Compact Cosmopolitan, is that it’s more compact; it folds down to fit easily into your handbag. The metal frame costs more than our previous wooden frames.
Carry bag: While most umbrellas, and admittedly some of our previous products, can be difficult to get back into their bags, we’ve designed a better carry bag, so you can slip the parasol in and out easier. The carry bag costs more to manufacture because the pattern is more complicated.
Wrist strap: Our previous products have not had wrist straps, but this is one thing that our customers have asked for over and over again. It’s a simple addition, but makes it convenient for you to slide it over your wrist while not in use. We've not had a wrist strap on previous product so this is a new cost too.
Open diameter over canopy: 100cm // 39.4 inches
Open diameter directly across: 93cm // 36.6 inches
Open length: 60cm //23.6 inch
Closed length: 35cm // 13.7 inch
Weight: 290gms // 10.2 oz
Free postage within Australia, discounted international postage.
Can't see your destination? Message us and we'll be able to help. (Sorry we cannot ship to the US though).
At this Kickstarter price, they’re also the perfect practical and thoughtful gift for every special woman in your life.
This is your chance to stock up on parasols for the mums, mothers in law, teachers or even as secret santa gifts for colleagues.
Provide shade for wedding guests
If you're a bride looking for an affordable and attractive way to protect your guests at your summer wedding, grab a set of 20 all white Compact Cosmopolitans.
Free postage within Australia.
Create the ultimate corporate gift - sets from AUD$1200
If you have a business and are looking for a premium option for promotion items, we can add your logo to our white Compact Cosmopolitan Sunbellas to create the ultimate practical product for you to onsell, or to gift to your VIPS at your upcoming summer event.
Once the products are ready, we’ll use a local printer to add your logo to the canopy of the parasol. We’ve done this a few times before, for a couple of larger companies and smaller tour operators.
Free postage within Australia.
With your help, we can work towards a future where more women choose to protect their skin whenever they are outdoors.
Got a question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel the Love
★★★★★ “I love Sunbella. It's fantastic for the beach, sports days, walking to school and duty as a teacher. What I love about it is that it's really cool to be under and you don't get a hot head. Best buy ever. Thanks Sunbella.” Julie, Perth
★★★★★ “I have 2 beautiful Sunbella parasols that I LOVE! I have Lupus and suffer from UV, these are the best, they’re high quality, 50+, gorgeous designs and reasonably priced ❤️” Fiona, Perth
★★★★★ “I recently discovered I have some not so nice moles and spots on my skin...the sun is simply not my friend anymore. This umbrella will be great at summer festivals to help me bring my own shade. Thank you!” Andra, Canada
★★★★★ “I own five Sunbellas after buying over $200 worth of various parasols online, which were ruined or have to be majorly adjusted after a gust of wind. I’m tired of walking around without sun protection after a breeze turns my other parasols inside out.
My Sunbellas aren’t affected by wind because there are holes in the top. Sunbella parasols are attractive. I receive compliments, which is a nice “plus.”
Communication with the company is fast. I endorse this company and their product. Buy one—buy five! Treat yourself well.” Heather, Canada
Risks and challenges
The main, obvious, risk is that we don't reach our target and we aren't able to proceed with this project. But we're hopeful that the Kickstarter community can help to make this a reality.
Over the past 6 years we have manufactured 6 different products, all of which were delivered on time and on budget.
Over this time we have developed a very strong relationship with our trusted manufacturer and refined the logistics of getting our products to our customers safely.
We’ve also received feedback on those previous products, and whilst it was all positive, our customers have had some brilliant suggestions of ways to improve the products further - which is why we have created this new prototype.
Through those experiences though, we have learnt of the potential issues that can arise when creating a new product. With this experience behind us, we have carefully refined our product design, manufacturing processes and refined the logistics of getting the products out to our customers efficiently. A detailed budget has also been created to outline all costs associated with the execution of this project.
It's just the two of us in our little family business, but we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality products to our customers, along with the highest possible level of customer service.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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