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During spring we are continuously blessed with rain showers that wash everything clean and help the ground sprout new life. Although rain is also good for people, many times we hesitate to allow our appearance to be altered, so we seek products that help us battle against the elements.

One Kings Lane (OKL) and the Harlem School of the Arts have partnered with some truly hot designers in order to create a series of stylish umbrellas that will help us keep up our appearance in public while benefitting a charity of the designers’ choice, an Iconic Harlem Institution. Tastemakers Rachel Comey (Housing Works), Mara Hoffman (Feeding America), Cynthia Vincent (The Teen Project), Stephanie Von Watzdorf (The Ethiopian Children's Fund), Tom Slaughter (Harlem School of the Arts) and Gray Malin (Ballroom Marfa) all make their mark on the wet-weather staple. Each bold, fashionable print umbrella sells for $49.

OKL launched in 2009 by two female entrepreneurs. Each day OKL launches a new sale offering an exceptional value on top-brand, vintage and designer items. Sales last about 72 hours only!

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) has been an iconic New York City Institution since 1964. It consists of 37,000 square feet and is the sole provider of quality arts education in 5 disciplines - music, dance, theater, musical theater and visual arts. HSA serves 1,000 students onsite at the Herb Alpert Center and over 3,000 offsite through our Education Outreach program annually; placing emphasis on using arts' education to empower young people to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow. Yvette L. Campbell currently serves as President and CEO of HSA and has since January 2011. For more information, please visit: www.hsanyc.org/.

The featured umbrella was created by artist Tom Slaughter who has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in New York, L.A., Miami, Vancouver, Germany and Japan. His unbelievable work began as a print maker. He worked in collaboration with Durham Press for 25 years and his editions are included in the collections of the MOMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Slaughter has published 11 illustrated children’s books. His works include: 123, One Some Many, Over Under, ABC x 3, and most recently Do You Know Which Ones will Grow? became a 2011 Notable American Library Association book-of-the-year. He has recently published Boat Works from Blue Apple Books. His books have been translated in six languages.

Tom has also worked as the Art Director for the New Victory Theater over the last eight seasons which has allowed him to produce posters, graphics, playbills and billboards. As a designer he has created everything from T-Shirts to skateboard decks, iPhone cases and beach towels as well as wallpaper for Cavern Home.

He works with 20x200, and One Kings Lane to produce a variety of limited editions – like this umbrella. Tom Slaughter is also a member of the board of directors of MOMA PS1 as well as the Public Theater. He lives and works in New York City. For more information about this talented artist, please visit: http://www.tomslaughter.com/TomSlaughter.com/Welcome.html

After hearing his credentials, who would not want a work that he has designed and produced! Now all you have to do is pray for those April showers!

Don’t miss Tom’s sale event. It is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Monday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be accessible for only 72 hours. Go to https://www.onekingslane.com and to help this trio help the Iconic Harlem Institution!

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