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When it rains, it pours

Rain gear that weathers a downpour with panache

Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Lisa Shin

A debonair umbrella for the discreet tippler

Most people, if they’re honest with themselves, will admit to wanting to be Oscar Wilde at least a little bit. Master of the quip, Wilde was the sort of man who never had to wait until he was outside on the sidewalk to hit upon the perfect thing to say. But if he did — and if it were raining — he’d probably be standing under an umbrella like this delightfully foppish two-piece construction from Swaine Adeney Brigg. Made of burled malacca cane, tulip wood and sturdy nylon, it’s big enough for two people and, best of all, it contains a flask concealed in the handle. Could it get you into trouble? Certainly. But as Wilde himself said, “Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn’t so, life wouldn’t be worth living.” $600 / www.mrporter.com

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