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Our Story

The original shademakers line was created by Russell Bond after realising the potential for an up market, sophisticated shade umbrella that would combine functionality and design. After importing various umbrellas from overseas and experiencing their limitations regarding design and functionality, Russel decided to develop his own unique line of shademakers. "There are umbrellas...and there are shademakers"

Taking on the world

"New Zealand is renowned for superior quality boat building, so I applied that knowledge to my shademaker designs," says Russell.
"We took aluminium and created proprietary shapes all exclusive to our umbrella components, making them well suited for a commercial marine environment and ultimately creating Shademakers, a product of longevity, beauty and low maintenance."

Anybody who owns an original shademaker knows that they are not only beautiful but very strong and built to last. With multiple styles, shapes and sizes, along with the highest quality European fabrics, you are in a position to create a unique shade ambiance for each of your outdoor settings.

A Winning Team

In 2002 David Jesze, with a background in International Sales and Marketing, joined Shademakers to help expand Russell's vision of exporting the shademakers brand around the world. "This dream has become reality and our line has been exported to more than 25 countries. For a New Zealand based business this is a huge success and we take pride in supplying our beautiful umbrellas to exotic locations around the world" says David Jesze.

The Shademakers Lead Team


Standing - from left to right:

Gene Hemmingway [Customer Service Mgr]; Jonathan Philips [Warehouse Mgr]; Andrew Parsons [NZ Sales Manager]; Peter Luker [Operations Mgr].


David Jesze [Managing Director] ; Russell Bond [Director]


Recognised Excellence

Shademakers was the winner of the "Emerging Exporter of the Year Award" in 2004 for exporting to more than 21 countries. "This is a major achievent and recognises the hard work of our entire team.


Picture of Award ceremony


Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Michael Cullen  and MC Gilbert Ullrich listen to speech of David Jesze during award ceremony.




Shademakers Commitment

"Shademakers is committed to reliable and friendly customer service, meaning you you can trust us with your order'" says Managing Director David Jesze, "and we will do everything to create a hassle free shademakers experience for you".
"Our high innovation potential and flexibility of a medium size business means we are in a position to develop new shade products to suit your requirements. Whatever size your projects might be, we are  big enough to do the job, yet small enough to do it better"

Please contact David Jesze  to discuss your international shade projects or if you would like to distribute the original line of shademaker umbrellas.

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