An ultra-light folding umbrella finished with a wood and metal-tipped handle. And the subtle tattersall plaid will add some texture and color to your commute.
$65, by Brooks Brothers
Like it or not, we're heading into the rainy season. And chances are, you need a new umbrella. Because let's face it: we never think of buying one until it's raining and then it's too late. I used to tackle drizzly days wielding a long, spindly umbrella I pilfered from a nice East Coast hotel but the flimsy thing bit the dust during the last storm. Now I'm looking to invest in a well-designed umbrella that's as compact as it is sturdy. We've weeded through dozens of options and found the four best collapsible versions that can withstand windy gusts while still being able to fit in your bag or desk drawer.