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A “LUDICROUSLY capacious” bag. Never has an accessory—or really, its wearer—been so crucified as in the recent final series of Succession, when Tom Wambsgans takes issue with the Burberry number wielded by Cousin Greg’s date. “It’s gargantuan, you can take it camping,” Tom says, eyebrows raised in disgust. “You could slide it across the floor after a bank job.”

And so, RIP the fill-with-everything tote. Yet a successor must rise and, as it happens, fashion has been championing a new style—or rather, size—of bag since well before Succession ended. This season, it seems men who are in (or aspiring to) the highest tax bracket will be picking up teeny, and slightly impractical, bags.

From the streamlined clutches at Bode, Emporio Armani and Bianca Saunders to the top-handled minis (sometimes in the nook of the model’s arm) at Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Etro, there was a slew of bijoux bags at this year’s autumn/winter ’23 shows, often styled with contemporary tailoring. Celebs are in on it, too. Musician Steve Lacy accessorised his Grammys suit with a slim black number, while actor Jacob Elordi has been regularly pap-snapped with a coffee and a compact cross-body. The bigger the better? Nope, the smaller the smarter.

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If you’re willing to try a teeny bag, opt for one with the same capacity as your jeans pockets. Its contents—streamlined like Wambsgans’ workforce at ATN—will contain only the essentials. (An excuse to leave your laptop at work if ever there was one.) And while it’s unlikely they’d ever be brandished by the men of the Roy dynasty, at least you know that they’ll never be accused of containing your lunch pail.

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This article originally appeared on Esquire UK.


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