Women's Hobo Bags (299)

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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$495.00
7
$99.00 $69.30
from Macy's
5
$295.00
24
$128.00 $110.00
6
Hobo 'Jill' Trifold Wallet
Hobo International
$78.00 $68.00
4
$475.00
15
$450.00
9
Large Calf Hair and Leather Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$498.00 $199.20
21
$595.00 $398.65
8
$228.00 $170.99
from Bon-Ton
5
$145.00 $40.00
8
Large Calf Hair and Leather Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$498.00 $249.00
16
$398.00 $278.60
15
$298.00 $209.00
from REVOLVE
2
$448.00 $398.00
7
$189.00 $141.75
from Macy's
2
$495.00 $299.99
9
$495.00 $284.20
12
$558.00 $233.79
from Bon-Ton
6
$278.00 $129.99
15
$345.00 $241.50
9
Leather and Suede Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$348.00 $174.00
22
$398.00 $266.66
8
$995.00 $499.99
9
$139.00 $104.25
from Macy's
2
$288.00 $216.00
from Macy's
2
$495.00 $371.25
6
$2,820.00 $1,999.99
7
$268.00 $129.99
3
$495.00 $159.99
3
$148.00 $110.99
from Bon-Ton
2
$498.00 $208.59
from Bon-Ton
3
$498.00 $174.29
from Bon-Ton
3
Leather and Suede Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$348.00 $139.20
23
$295.00 $196.18
9
Hobo 'Alice' Leather Wallet
Hobo International
$98.00
4
$358.00 $267.99
from Bon-Ton
4
Hobo Thea Crossbody
Hobo International
$128.00 $95.99
from Bon-Ton
2
$295.00 $235.00
7
$79.00 $37.59
from Bon-Ton
2
$295.00 $177.00
8
$278.00 $129.99
5
Hobo 'Sadie' Leather Wallet
Hobo International
$108.00
2
$348.00 $261.00
2
$298.00 $213.20
2
$295.00 $221.00
3
$328.00 $137.19
from Bon-Ton
2
$148.00 $110.99
from Bon-Ton
1
Hobo Annette Crossbody
Hobo International
$228.00 $170.99
from Bon-Ton
2
Hobo Marley Hobo
Hobo International
$248.00 $185.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$425.00 $318.00
2
$298.00 $178.80
1
$398.00 $278.60
2
Calvin Klein PVC Hobo
Calvin Klein
$148.00 $110.99
from Bon-Ton
2
Hobo Friar Satchel
Hobo International
$238.00 $177.99
from Bon-Ton
3
Hobo Rylee Shoulder Bag
Hobo International
$228.00 $170.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$198.00 $99.99
2
Hobo Finley Tote
Hobo International
$278.00 $207.99
from Bon-Ton
1
Hobo Dayna Crossbody
Hobo International
$218.00 $162.99
from Bon-Ton
1
Hobo Sarah Crossbody
Hobo International
$138.00 $102.99
from Bon-Ton
3
MM6 Hobo Bag
Maison Martin Margiela
$190.00 $133.00
from Shopbop
2
$348.00 $261.00
2
$425.00 $259.99
3
Hobo Vida Wristlet
Hobo International
$98.00 $72.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$475.00