AS AUTUMN WARDROBES fade to black, Meredith Wendell handbags hold fast to the look-at-me spirit of summer. Designed by a Marc by Marc Jacobs alum, the line marries Italian leather with Lucite hardware for a look that’s both eclectic and sophisticated. Jellybean hues and adorably awkward shapes, meanwhile, defy seasonality: A sporty cerulean duffle keeps its shape through the spare contents of summer, while a heftier tote remains playful enough to stave off the winter blues. After all, the economy may be brightening, but doesn’t it still make sense to invest in a statement bag that works year round?
Tote, $995, and Duffle, $595; LuxCouture, 21 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, 617-969-5600, luxcouture.com.