Few inventions become world-famous brands, but Knirps®, the umbrella that is extremely small but expands to full size when required, is one of them. Knirps® as a brand, - and protected by many patents - has, for nearly 80 years, succeeded due to its quality, durability, practicality and “pocket-friendly“ size. Like many major brands, the story of Knirps® began with a revolution. In 1928 the engineer Hans Haupt invented the first telescopic, pocket umbrella. Like all great brands it was copied. To prevent this the Knirps® brand was modernised in the mid 1950´s, and the unique Red Dot symbol was added, which became established world wide, and which remains unmistakable to this day. Of course, over the years Knirps was given a modern "facelift". With the Knirps®X1 they set the standard that satisfies the requirements of the modern consumer, where modernity, functionality and quality are important.