With stormy skies over Manhattan, here are five stores to help you cope with the mist, fog, raindrops, and puddles in New York City. By Jessica Allen.
The name of this small store in the East Village says it all: Amé Amé means both “rain” and “candy” in Japanese. In addition to an assortment of chocolates, licorice, and gummies, you’ll find rain boots, galoshes, jackets, protective pouches for iPads and smartphones, and many, many types of umbrellas. Investing in a high-quality umbrella means you won’t need to buy one of those cheap black ones that break at the first sight of clouds (and clutter up landfills).
Dave’s specializes in heavy-duty rain gear, the kind of jackets and pants you’re happy to have on during a monsoon. The Woolrich, Carhartt, and other labels on offer here tend to be water-proof, wind-proof, stain-resistant, and wrinkle-resistant; in other words, this place sells stuff that’s perfect for the working man or woman, or the person who seeks to look like one. This Chelsea store has been family-owned and -operated for more than 45 years.
Since 2010, Terra New York has made designer raincoats that retail around the world (including Amé Amé, above, and Brooklyn Fox). Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki, the company’s founders, let one fundamental question guide every design: “What can a fashion-conscious woman wear when it’s raining?” The results include Polyurethane see-through capes, button-up jackets, parkas, and floppy hats in colors like frosty white, chocolate, and nude.
The gift shop at the Museum of Modern Art sells some pretty cool things, including bags, notebooks, posters, plates, clocks, furniture, and toys. But we’re particularly fond of its selection of umbrellas, such as the New York City skyline umbrella, which changes color, going from dark to vibrant, as the exterior gets wet. Or the color wheel umbrella, featuring 24 panels, ranging from light pink to mint green to sunset purple, all serving to brighten even the darkest days.
If Rain or Shine might be said to have a theme song, it would be “Umbrella” by Rihanna, so devoted is this small store near Grand Central Station to brollies (it sells canes too). This is the store for elegant umbrellas, for fashionable ones, for those that open automatically and those that don’t, for umbrellas large and small. It’s absolutely where you want to be when a downpour starts and you’ve left the house unprepared, or when you need a pretty parasol for strolling in the sunshine.