About Lily-Lark

Lily-Lark is superior sun protection for women who thrive on quality and style.

Most of us are aware of how harmful exposure to the sun’s UV rays has become. The options to protect ourselves aren’t sufficient. SPF creams can be messy, toxic, and don’t last. Hats often won’t cover the full face, and hat hair doesn’t look good on anyone.

Umbrellas have emerged as the latest go-to sun protection option for women. But most umbrellas are made of cheap nylon, metal, and a whole lot of boring.

Something more elegant than an umbrella was called for, which is why we’ve created chic, handcrafted parasols with a UPF 50+ coating that protect from over 99% of UV rays. Our Asian-inspired bamboo frames are topped by soft fabric canopies printed with exclusive contemporary fine art.

Each Lily-Lark comes with a matching carrying case to use they're folded up

How they’re made

Handmade Lily-Lark parasols are produced in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the “Parasol capital of the world”. Our bamboo frames are carved by local artisans who then stretch our custom printed fabric across 28 wooden ribs. Once it’s taut and the pattern is laid out perfectly, everything is attached at the ends. We don’t skimp on any details and unlike a traditional parasol, the canopy isn’t glued to the ribs, so the surface is much smoother.

Your guide to parasols

From Lily-Lark's founder

“Lily-Lark originated several years ago when I worked in advertising as an Art Director/Creative Director in New York City. As a successful career woman in an industry that values youth and beauty, I was terribly afraid to look my age. I always wanted to walk around with an umbrella to protect my skin from the sun. When I started noticing other women in Manhattan beginning to do that, I was happy but also found most umbrellas uninspired and purely functional.

While strolling around a sculpture garden one day with my aunt, noticing her lovely Asian parasol, I had my aha moment! I was going to make something wonderful that would speak to today’s contemporary women of all races. After 24 months of researching and sourcing manufacturers in Asia, prototyping in the US and Thailand, finding gorgeous prints and tweaking all the details, I’m proud to present our UV Lily-Lark sun parasols to you. I hope you’ll find great joy in using them to stay your beautiful and healthy self!”

- Lisa Selwitz, CEO Lily-Lark