Rather than let London’s rain ruin your day, celebrate it with a splurge on some fashionable foul weather gear at Swaine Adeney Brigg. This historic shop on Piccadilly Arcade is a perfect destination for a day date with your sweetheart, with handcrafted items you can’t find anywhere else. As you enter, you’ll notice a window display of colorful umbrellas, suspended in mid-tumble from an imaginary gust of wind. Those umbrellas represent the Brigg side of the business, while the Swaine Adeney half makes upscale leather goods. You’re free to browse, but you owe it to yourself to ask one of the extremely knowledgeable shopkeepers for help selecting umbrella that’s right for you, if only for the education you’ll get. The selection of woods – ranging from maple to ash to hickory – is just the first step in choosing your luxury rain dispeller. A huge range of both basic colored, patterned, and tartan fabrics allow you and your darling to brighten up a gloomy day. You could even get a matching set for the two of you if that’s not too cute. Even after making the decadent upgrade to silk, there’s plenty more shopping to be done. Over in the Swaine Adeney section, briefcases, wallets, and hats – that Indiana Jones fedora should look familiar – are all made with the same degree of craftsmanship that has secured the shop’s royal warrant since 1750. Grab your darling and step out into the elements with your new defenses in hand. You’ll look so sharp you’ll almost feel sad to see the sun come back out. Almost.