Complementing a dude who’s really a chick (“Great mustache.” “Congrats on your same-sex marriage.” “How sweet of you to buy tampons.”) can be such a drag.
Stay on the less awkward side of gender blur with AANDD, a line of ambiguous bags from architectural and industrial designer Adam Davidson.
Created originally for (wo)men, the Italian leather and New Hampshire waxed canvas accessories age and give in all the right places. Davidson fashions them with bold hardware, no frills, and the outdoors in mind.
A structured, slightly shrunken briefcase with gold-tone zippers is the collection’s smartest piece. Hike the city with an iPad-size folio hung around your wrist or a pocket-size satchel with a horn toggle stuffed with your trail mix, phone, and MetroCard. Pack a weekender or nautical-strapped duffel for overnight trips; a messenger or tote carryall is perfect for the daily grind.
Fittingly, colors are neutral (tan, black, navy, oxblood).
Unlike our feelings.
Available at Stuart & Wright, 85 Lafayette Avenue, between Elliot Place and Portland Avenue, Fort Greene (718-797-0011 or stuartandwright.com); Assembly New York, 170 Ludlow Street, between Stanton and Houston Streets (212-253-5393 or assemblynewyork.com), $205-$475. To see styles, go to adamanddavidson.com.
Photo: Courtesy of AANDD