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Gorgeous Raincoats to Slick Galoshes, the Best Local Stuff for Wet Weather

In the cold November rain.

By Eden Dawn October 16, 2017 Published in the November 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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1. Constructing a raincoat that won’t leak through at the seams is no joke. Local designer Lizz Basinger, known best for her workwear dresses, began crafting her sleek, princess-seamed wonders after noticing many of the big brands put function ahead of fashion. She says of her 20-hour coat, now available in 15 colors with hood, pockets, and organic lining: “It is by far the most difficult and costly endeavor my business has taken on to date. It’s so time-consuming because of all of the little details, and steps you simply can’t skip if you’re going to have a functional raincoat.” $499

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2Fifteen-year-old Eugene line Bogs moved beyond its old-school work boot for the 4-H set by adding slick galoshes in a plethora of styles—lace-up chukkas and knee-high, slip-on plaid numbers to shiny, Ramona Quimby-esque red ones. $70–125

3. Last spring, Chrome Industries left the Bay Area, plunking its new headquarters underneath the Fremont Bridge. Along with the move came even more rain-friendly options, like this compact messenger-style sling bag made from waterproof truck tarpaulin. $90

4. Socks. They ain’t sexy, but nothing ruins a day faster than soggy toes. Local company Showers Pass—which has a full line of H2O-repelling apparel for serious outdoorsy folks—makes a triple-layered sock that includes a waterproof breathable Artex membrane and a Coolmax FX moisture-wicking antibacterial lining. Translation: Feet will be dry! $35

5. One way of dealing with the rain? Don’t. Whirl up a batch of blended margaritas, put on that vintage Magnum PI ensemble, and settle in for a night of reading local author Ryan White’s hefty Jimmy Buffett bio, A Good Life All the Way. $27

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