About Us

Sunbeam Jackie specialise in making exuberant, custom-made outdoor parasols.

Their parasol collections of both one-off, vintage fabric parasols and printed patterned textiles are available to purchase on their website: www.sunbeamjackie.com

Sunbeam Jackie also work to commission and the parasols are suitable for private, commercial and poolside settings. Founded in 2011 by artist couple Charlie and Katy Napier, Sunbeam Jackie is run from their studio, a 12th-century grain store in Cornwall, UK.

A collaboration between Charlie and Katy, both sculptors by training, it is the couples’ combined sculptural sensibility; a shared love of design, costume and textiles which provide the inspiration and energy behind their work.

Clients and collaborators include: Liberty of London, Rossana Orlandi Gallery, 1stDibs, Designers Guild, House of Hackney, Soho House and the much-lauded Pig Hotels.

Commissions from Hollywood A-listers including Kate Winslet, Liv Tyler and the late, great Carrie Fisher helped to quietly cement Sunbeam Jackie’s reputation as the most exclusive luxury parasol maker around.

Their clients are creative individuals themselves, they buy these pieces because they love them.

What services do you provide?

Custom-made garden umbrellas using vintage textiles and printed outdoor fabrics

How would you describe your style?

"Joyful, flamboyant, eccentric yet refined, English-exotic, with a focus on the quality of material and client experience.

There is a special beauty, a well-chosen parasol has the ability to compliment a building and marry or harmonise the outdoor space with the architectural backdrop, a functional ornament creating shade, special life and atmosphere, a simple thing yet with great impact.

Sunbeam Jackie parasols are made with the finest materials including hardwood ash poles, spars and stainless steel mechanisms. Parasols are fabricated, sewn and assembled in the Sunbeam Jackie workshop, in Cornwall, UK.

Parasols come in 3 sizes - 2metre, 2.5 metres and 3 metres. Custom sizes are available on request."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"As a small design company focusing on the quality of experience, clients will work directly with Charlie and Katy to create or select the most suitable textiles for their project.

Recent projects include:

- Normandy, France. Our client commissioned a fleet of custom-made parasols to compliment the major refurbishment of a collection of C16th Norman farmhouses into a high-end hotel. Parasols were made for the hotel terrace, surrounding cottages and poolside. All parasols are different to suit the changing moods of the various spaces.

- Port Royal, Florida. Commissioned by Summer Thornton Interior Design for a private client. A maximalist collection of printed textile parasols for the poolside.

- Somerset, UK. The brief was to create a collection of textile designs in colour-ways echoing the interiors colour-scheme of a well-known private members club, creating a highly-customised fleet of parasols to complement the architecture and exterior finishes.

- Hampstead Heath, London. An exuberant set of vintage-fabric parasols for garden designer Butter Wakefield’s private client for their special garden."

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