Hobo Bags (367)

Why is it called a ‘hobo bag’?

A women’s hobo bag is a large slouchy handbag, named so because it resembles the ‘bindle,’ or sack, which fictionalized, cartoon versions of hobos tied to the ends of sticks to more easily carry their belongings. Doesn’t sound like a politically correct name for a handbag style (especially when the price tag can run into the thousands of dollars), but there you have it.

History of the hobo bag . . .

A classic hobo bag is basically the same shape as a plastic grocery bag, which, if you think about it, is a pretty good design for schlepping your stuff. So, it’s no surprise that this sort of crescent shaped sack morphed into a luxury bag. Originally a somewhat unisex design, it became a decidedly more feminine style when Jackie O. popularized her Gucci shoulder hobo in the 1960s. The hobo has since achieved definite ‘it’ bag status, with surges in popularity if certain designers promote the silhouette in a collection. Hobo became a brand name in the early 1990s, with women’s leather accessory company Hobo International.

How and where to wear a hobo bag . . .

The hobo is the ultimate casual carryall. While the basic shape and shoulder strap is pretty consistent across designs, there are many variations on the classic. Many hobo bags are leather or suede, but cloth and canvas are also popular hobo bag materials. Other embellishments such as fringe, tassels, studs and unique hardware can make an otherwise basic bag more of a statement. Size usually ranges from large to oversized, though smaller options are available. A hobo bag definitely deserves a place in your purse collection, and is the perfect addition to a jeans and tee, or other casual, outfit.

 

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BROOKE HOBO
Tory Burch
$598.00
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$428.00 $320.98
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$388.00
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'Ruell' Hobo
Vince Camuto
$278.00
12
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Brooke Leather Hobo
Tory Burch
$598.00
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$428.00 $320.98
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$248.00 $186.00
from Macy's
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Clark Fringe Suede Hobo Bag
Rebecca Minkoff
$295.00 $99.99
8
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$248.00 $129.99
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$10,545.00 $3,592.50
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$138.00 $128.00
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$428.00 $219.99
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$168.00
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Large Lydia Leather Hobo
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$298.00
5
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$288.00 $172.80
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$325.00 $194.95
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Leather Hobo Bag
Vince Camuto
$268.00 $94.99
5
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Small Leather Hobo Bag
Vince Camuto
$258.00 $89.99
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Adalee Hobo
Cole Haan
$320.00 $149.99
5
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$398.00 $179.99
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Recruit Hobo
Marc Jacobs
$495.00 $371.25
5
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$1,850.00 $925.00
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Saddle Hobo Bag
Cole Haan
$360.00 $149.99
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$248.00 $129.99
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$445.00 $139.99
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Leather Hobo Bag
Vince Camuto
$278.00 $94.99
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$138.00
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Hobo 'Jill' Trifold Wallet
Hobo International
$68.00
3
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$325.00 $217.75
3
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$545.00
3
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$328.00
3
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$428.00 $320.98
3
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$995.00 $399.99
3
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$395.00 $179.99
3
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$340.00 $129.99
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Mini Hobo Bag
Loeffler Randall
$475.00 $237.50
from Shopbop
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Aria Bucket Hobo Bag
French Connection
$98.00 $48.75
3
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$139.00
from Macy's
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Hobo 'Marley' Hobo
Hobo International
$248.00
2
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Hobo 'Linn' Leather Card Case
Hobo International
$64.00 $38.40
2
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$2,750.00 $1,925.00
2
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$380.00 $265.99
2
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$295.00 $205.99
2
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Hobo Meredith
Hobo International
$228.00 $159.99
2
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Logo Embossed Hobo Bag
Vince Camuto
$248.00 $84.99
2
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$380.00 $169.99
2
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$300.00 $139.99
2
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$198.00 $99.99
2
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$159.00
from Macy's
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Cole Satin Large Hobo
Steve Madden
$98.00 $39.03
from Macy's
2
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Valliee Hobo, Created for Macy's
INC International Concepts
$89.50 $53.70
from Macy's
2
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$268.00 $160.80
from Macy's
2
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Zoe Hobo
Elizabeth and James
$545.00 $463.25
2
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$495.00 $371.25
2
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$495.00 $371.25
2
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Large Lydia Logo Hobo
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$298.00 $167.24
from Bon-Ton
2
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Hobo 'Vida' Leather Clutch
Hobo International
$98.00
1
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Hobo Glory Leather Wallet
Hobo International
$128.00 $76.80
1
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Hobo Nomad
Hobo International
$188.00 $130.99
1
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$1,415.00 $707.00
1
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$2,150.00 $1,290.00
1
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$498.00 $349.99
1
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$448.00 $314.99
1
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$498.00 $259.99
1
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$348.00 $149.99
1
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$745.00 $372.50
from Shopbop
1
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Dane Faux-Leather Hobo Bag
French Connection
$118.00 $54.00
1
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$179.00 $107.40
from Macy's
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$228.00 $136.80
from Macy's
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Carson Medium Hobo Bag
Vera Bradley
$88.00 $52.80
from Macy's
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$68.00 $40.80
from Macy's
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Embroidered Hobo Bag
Steve Madden
$148.00 $59.20
1
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Irving Hobo
Botkier
$348.00 $243.60
1
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Stargazing Nubuck Hobo
Rebecca Minkoff
$345.00 $258.75
1
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$60.00 $45.00
from Topshop
1
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$138.00
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2.0 Leather Hobo
Longchamp
$485.00
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Hobo 'Linn' Leather Card Case
Hobo International
$64.00
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$198.00
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Slim Regan Leather Hobo
Rebecca Minkoff
$345.00
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$258.00
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Hobo Merrin Leather Backpack
Hobo International
$258.00
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$108.00
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$128.00 $118.00
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$258.00
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Roxy Leather Hobo
Alexander Wang
$595.00
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$138.00
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$65.00
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Mori Leather Hobo
AllSaints
$348.00