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White leather: looks summery, wears tough

A rugged but modern bag that works in the city and by the sea


New England can be painfully preppy, especially in summertime. But if you (like us) favor Alexander Wang over Lily Pulitzer and Victoria Beckham over Vera Bradley, you may struggle to sourcefind a handbag that works equally well for workdays in the city and jaunts to the coast. Take a cue from the season’s runway looks — namely crisp, clean-lined whites — from the likes of Chloe, Derek Lam, and, yes, Alexander Wang, with local designer Gina DeWolfe’s white leather backpack. Its simple shape and summery shade satisfy local tastes, while its rugged material and modern hardware appease the rebel in you. Backpack by Gina DeWolfe, $250 at December Thieves, 524 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-375-7879, www.decemberthieves.com