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Best Places For Rain Gear In San Francisco

October 2, 2012 11:00 AM

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Weather in San Francisco is perhaps the most unpredictable in America. So like a good boy scout, remember to always be prepared when it comes to rain. It may be just a sprinkle or a heavy downpour but either way, you will want to stay looking in style. Find bold modern or whimsical umbrellas, rain boots with a difference, hats to suit any face type and unisex bags that will not only fit everything and anything you need but keep all belongings dry, too. Check out the stores below and get shopping.


Mission Workshop
40 Rondel Place
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-7225
www.missionworkshop.com

Shoppers can find urban waterproof bags at the Mission Workshop in San Francisco. Brands include Mission Workshop, Outlier and Quoc Pham. Mission Workshop’s own brand has designed several bags that come in waterproof materials. Find messenger bags with compartments at the top that can roll down around the bag, rucksacks that come covered in waterproof material with easy strap fastenings and large outside pockets as well as rain jackets for men. The idea behind the waterproof Mission Workshop identity is to design accessories and apparel that will last during San Francisco’s harsh weather conditions.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-4000
www.sfmoma.org

One place you may walk out of to find yourself completely drenched is SFMOMA. Inside the warm cozy building, you will forget how the weather can change outside in the temperamental city. So head back inside to the gift store and pick up one of the museum’s wonderful umbrellas. Designs change continuously and each time you visit, you can find modern graphic prints such as the Perch umbrella which is a bold red and white sketch design or the whimsical grass and sky print that will have all eyes on you.

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Osso and Co.
501 Broderick St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 447-8543
www.ossoandco.com

A pet store may not be the first place you would think of heading to find rain gear, however Osso and Co. is no ordinary pet shop. This San Francisco pet boutique stocks umbrellas from the San Francisco Umbrella Company which began as an idea that came to light when the founder, Marc Brown, walked the streets of San Francisco during one of many rainy days. All umbrellas are animal themed with the outline of either a cat or dog being the main design feature. Find bold colorful designs or go simple with a black and white layout. Dog themes include boxers, chihuahuas, poodles and pugs. Remember these umbrellas are made from quality materials so they are not just for one season but possibly for life.


Goorin Bros.
1446 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 436-9450
www.goorin.com

Whatever the weather, Goorin Bros. hat shop will have the headwear for you. If Goorin does not have your pick in stock, it will try and make one to fit your needs. The selection here is expansive and traditional waterproof fabrics can be hidden underneath more sleek/trendier looking materials. The staff is extremely friendly and available to help you with your city weather needs. The store looks classic old school with wooden fixtures and vintage-style decor. Imagine Sherlock Holmes’ ideal library and you have the setting for a hat shop you will visit over and over again whether the city is wet, dry or windy.


Paolo Shoes
524 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-4580
www.paoloshoes.com

Want something slightly different from the average rain boot this season? Head down to Paolo’s Shoes located at Hayes Street and try on the retro purple tall rain boots. They come in a deep purple patent leather with a stacked three-inch yellow heel. They are also available in all purple or grey. Paolo Shoes is known within the shoe industry for high-quality footwear, so be confirdent that you will be wearing rain boots that last longer than just the rainy season.

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Parmeeta Ghoman is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She specializes in shopping and style. Find some of her work on Examiner.com.

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