After a week of what seemed to be perfect spring weather in most of the country, this week is looking a little colder and wetter for most of the East Coast. We’ll all be bringing out our umbrellas once again, but what exactly are we supposed to do when we reach our destinations? By then, umbrellas are just giant, soggy inconveniences with no obvious destination or resting spot.

Amazingly, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Rain Tote with Umbrella solves not only the problem of what bag to carry on a grey day, but also where to put your umbrella. You’ll never have to consider stuffing one of those soggy things into your nice handbag again.

This tote might make more sense if it had a zip closure instead of a single magnet, but if you have your handbag over above it, I guess that wouldn’t make that much of a difference. As it is, the weather-resistant exterior is cute and on-trend (Dots: Huge for Fall 2011) and the tube for the matching umbrella is kind of ingenious. Having it open at the end allows water to evaporate from inside so that you don’t get a nasty mildew smell after a few uses, and the design fills such an obvious need that you’ll probably get lots of compliments on your clever choice of handbag. Buy through Matches UK for $320.

Note: Marc by Marc Jacobs is often more expensive overseas than in the US. You may save some money by waiting for this tote to debut stateside.

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