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The Beauty of Umbrellas

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Along with beautiful springtime sun comes the occasional downpour and every New Yorker knows the dreaded feeling of being stuck without an umbrella when the rain starts to hit. With so many incredible umbrella designs out there now, the umbrella has become not only a necessity, but a style staple for every closet.

One company I love, London Undercover's was established by designer Jamie Milestone in 2008, to bring life to what was once considered a boring, disposable, last-minute item. With all the rain Londoners get, I trust their umbrella instincts. Using age-old techniques and interpreting the umbrella as a canvas for expression, they made the humble umbrella a quintessentially British accessory. I also love this chic polka-dotted option from Drake's London. The handle and tip detach for travel.


Pin Dot Travel Umbrella, Drake's London

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British Woodland Camouflage Umbrella, London Uncover


Fox Umbrellas, Swaine Adeney Brigg, and James Smith and Sons all create impressive designs, but my absolute favorite umbrellas are by the company Greenhill Industrial Supply. These large, stable, black umbrellas are used by the doormen in my building. They are designed perfectly to fight off the heavy duty weather in New York.


Ladies Malacca Cane Crook Walking Length Umbrella, James Smith and Sons Ltd

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