On his scarred wooden work table, Millet repairs about 10,000 umbrellas a year. He says he has to be fast and precise. But why bother to repair an umbrella at all?
The first reason, says Millet, is environmental: In France alone, about 15 million umbrellas — which aren’t recycled — are thrown away each year.
"But it’s more than that," he says. "People who come to me are attached to their umbrellas for sentimental reasons. Many times they have beautiful stories about them. So I feel obligated to restore them." [x]