By  on April 26, 2010

Glance at a street-style blog or paparazzi photo from the past few seasons — why, hello, Katie Holmes — and the use of the word “boyfriend” to describe the clothes therein is suspiciously widespread. There are button-downs, distressed jeans and those rolled-sleeve blazers, each piece presumably purloined from some significant other’s closet. Yet it’s difficult to imagine most office-bound guys — never mind Tom Cruise — stepping out in torn denim or a silky narrow jacket.

Which is why Alex Toy, the just-launched collection of unisex bags by the designer of the same name, is so inspired: Featuring six shapes worked from supple Italian lambskin with simple brass hardware, the lineup is carefully androgynous, hewing to a worn-in, urban look without skewing too far toward either the feminine or the masculine.

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