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    From coast to coast and continent to continent, the elegant outdoor umbrellas by Santa Barbara Designs grace the exteriors of the world's finest private residences, yacht clubs, luxury hotels, exclusive restaurants and high-profile corporate facilities. With a style for every aesthetic and a
    size for every space, Santa Barbara Designs is the preferred resource for an international set of design professionals, time after time, project after project.

    It all began in 1981 with the introduction of the now iconic Santa Barbara Umbrella, whose timeless design echoes the refined Santa Barbara lifestyle for which it was named. Over the years it has become the standard by which all Santa Barbara umbrellas are designed and built; in fact, many of our subsequent designs were inspired by this original umbrella. Today there are more than ten unique collections, many introduced in response to the needs of the market and our discerning clientele. Every umbrella is bench made, hand-finished and individually registered by the skilled craftsmen of Southern California. 

    Unwavering quality, workmanship and functionality as well as a variety of design choices - including new color, pattern, texture and finish options - result in an umbrella that is made to last and designed to delight. Enhancing all-weather endurance, Santa Barbara Designs uses high­performance, marine-grade, weather tested materials and parts that withstand even the most extreme conditions. UV-resistant marine finishes applied to the finest timber ensure durability.
    Brass or stainless fittings ensure rustproof longevity, and commercial grade canvases resist mildew and offer UV protection from the sun.

    With hundreds of combinations of shapes, sizes and materials, we offer our clients custom design options, adding more choices than ever before. Every one-of-a-kind umbrella is crafted at Santa Barbara Designs' state-of-the-art production facility in Southern California, continuing a tradition of expertly designed, precision-engineered, fashionable outdoor umbrellas that exceed expectations for years to come. 


    We believe an umbrella of the finest quality begins with the finest materials available.

    The intrinsic beauty of fine hardwood or solid metal is unmatched. We ruse solid timber, aluminum or stainless steel for our frames. All of our wood frames are milled in our own woodshop, and all of our metal frames are fabricated by local craftsmen who meet our stringent standards.

    Our hubs are constructed from hardwood, aluminum, stainless steel or brass. Our arm connectors are custom fabricated in stainless steel or brass. Pay close attention to the hardware details of a lesser quality umbrella and you will immediately see the difference. 

    Every canopy is created in our sewing workroom where our team of seamstresses ensure that no detail is overlooked. Consew® industrial sewing machines, Gore® Tenara® thread, and 100% solution-dyed awning fabrics are used to produce canopies that will delight for years. 

    Our Southern California headquarters is the home of our state-of-the-art production facility. The average tenure of our production employees is in excess of fifteen years.  The highest quality materials are handcrafted by experienced, invested individuals, and the difference is clear with every umbrella we produce.


    Welcome to the world of Santa Barbara Designs! We build each umbrella to your specifications. Our expert sales professionals have the knowledge to help you navigate a sea of exciting design options. Hundreds of style choices are available as you create an umbrella that is both unique and functional.

    Once you select a frame (we offer more than ten different styles), the fun begins. Your canopy color may be selected from over 50 solid colors of our very own Regatta® brand awning fabric, or from our ten popular Regatta block stripes. We also make available the entire Sunbrella® collection of awning fabrics, offering hundreds of color and pattern choices. For custom color requests, we have a color specialist on staff who sources fabrics from mills in France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain. Whether it's bold, bright or brash, Santa Barbara Designs will help you make your unique color statement.

    You can stop here, or embellish as you wish. Add a lining or banding in a contrasting or complimentary color. Choose from one of our six valance styles, evoking another time or place, another culture, or another century. Spice it up with an edge trim in woven braid or fringe. Or be a little daring with one of our specialty canopy covers. Over the years, we have created thousands of distinctive umbrellas for our very selective clients. On the following pages you will see some of these gems. Take a look ... be inspired!