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What to wear instead of the $3000 ‘Succession bag’

The Burberry bag is dead.
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The first episode of the final season of Succession has aired, and if you took one thing from the much-hyped premiere… it’s that Burberry bags are dead.

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Ok, not really. But this particular style of large, check tote was dragged to oblivion in the show, highlighting the unspoken symbols and signifiers that quickly identify folks as belonging to a certain class. 

In the episode, Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) brings a date to the birthday party of family patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox).

The date is carrying a large tote bag in an iconic Burberry print. The super elite Roy family immediately clock her as an outsider (read: not rich).

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“You could take it camping.” (Credit: Twitter)

To the Roy family, the “ludicrously capacious bag” immediately exposes Greg’s date as someone not ‘naturally’ in their social circle. Despite the Burberry bag costing a whopping $3290 AU, it’s flashy and – most tellingly – large. 

“What’s even in there?” Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) quips to Greg. “Flat shoes for the subway? Her lunch pail? Greg, it’s monstrous. It’s gargantuan. You could take it camping.”

Apparently, to those who have assistants to carry their things, sporting a large bag is a big no-no. 

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The bag in question is the Burberry Title Vintage check tote bag, and it costs over $3000.

Now, who is the (fictional) Roy family to tell people what bags they should carry?

Perhaps you enjoy the traditional Burberry tartan.

Perhaps you recognise classist dress codes and want to reclaim those items looked down-upon by the uber-rich.

Perhaps you like subverting traditional status symbols and won’t be told by a Tom-style fool that your bag is uncool.

Perhaps you, like most of us working folks, simply do need a bag to carry your flats for the post-work commute!

Either way, we’re not giving up our gargantuan tote bags any time soon. Here are some of our current faves:

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The Bond Tote Bag, Prene – $199 (on sale for $119!)

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Como Tote, C&M Camilla and Marc – $220

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Tina Weave Tote, Topshop – $90 (currently on sale for $54!)

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Long Way Home Woven Tote, Belle & Bloom – $219.95

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Betsy Metallic Tote Bag, Topshop – $70 (currently on sale for $42!)

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Tia Oversized Weave Tote, Topshop – $115 (currently on sale for $69!)

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Georgia Mini Tote Bag, Stitch & Hide – $229.95

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Dream bag, Jane Debster – $159

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