Bright Ideas

These bags make a statement. And that statement is: I will look incredibly good on your arm.

mmeredith wendell handbags

Photograph by Teru Onishi, styling by Callista Wilson

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,