“Why does it rain?” I asked my mother. I was four years old by then.
“Well..you see..it’s mother Mary peeing up from heaven,” said my mother without batting an eyelash.
Being a child, I was naive and most of all coming from a Catholic family, I believed her that time. Whenever it rains I imagined the mother of Jesus taking a number one. My thoughts were filled with fascination and a mix of slight revulsion. Who wouldn’t be grossed out when you thought that rainwater was actually urine.
I learned later about rain when I started going to school. It was interesting, but not as exciting about a person up there taking a leak. Somehow my mother’s version of rain stimulated my imagination, despite how false it was. That particular story always bring a smile on my face and somehow paved my way for my future relationship with rain.
Fast forward to the present, I live in Bergen and in my own opinion, the most beautiful city in Norway and the city that never dries if I may add. Dubbed as the rainiest city in Europe, Bergen is quite synonymous to rain.
I have a love and hate relationship with rain even though it’s conducive to my creativity. I do admit the hate part stemmed from the lack of beautiful rainwear. It’s hard to be fashionable when there’s a cloudburst or a squall involved. My salvation came from this beautiful homegrown designer label called Norwegian Rain and in fact I have a blog entry about the label two years ago (link here).
Since their launching, I’ve been meaning to buy one of their 100% waterproof, windproof, breathable and overall fabulous coats, but for some weird reason I end up buying another label. Have you experienced something like that? Sometimes my brain works in mysterious ways I tell you. But last week, I took the plunge and bought my very first Norwegian Rain coat.
The interior of T-Michael, Norwegian Rain’s flagship store in Bergen.
The first time I wore it, I felt like a million dollars. The coat was exquisite to the sense of sight and comfortable to wear. It slips easily to the contours of your body like butter on warm toast. I really love it! It compliments my personal style and I could wear it dress down or dress up. Very practical. A marriage between style and substance.
With Norwegian Rain, you’re no longer required to make sartorial sacrifices because of something that is natural as rain. To know more about Norwegian Rain please check their website www.norwegianrain.com.
Note: Photos are taken just outside our home in Nordnes, Bergen.