By  on March 9, 2009

As a child growing up in Lewisburg, W. Va., Meredith German would often visit The Greenbrier, a nearby resort with grand interiors that were famously redone by Dorothy Draper in the late Forties using layer upon layer of florals and pastel tones. “I’ve always been drawn to big colors,” explained German, 32, whose new accessories collection, Meredith Wendell — a combination of the designer’s and her husband’s first names — offers evidence of that credo: suede and leather pouches, messenger bags and belts done in lemon yellow, red, blue and peach, and accented by filmy, tinted glass discs.

A certain joie de vivre was a staple of German’s childhood, something she owes to her grandparents, who raised her and were her companions on those early Greenbrier visits. “Their attitude was the crazier, the bolder, the better,” German said. It seemed appropriate, then, that when her grandfather passed away last year, she quit her job in accessories design at Marc by Marc Jacobs to start a lineup of quirky, color-popping pieces. “[My grandfather] was always saying, ‘When are you going to go out on your own?’” German recalled.

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