Women's Hobo Bags (165)

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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$99.00 $74.25
from Macy's
5
$278.00 $129.99
10
$145.00 $32.00
7
Leather and Suede Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$348.00 $208.80
14
Large Calf Hair and Leather Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$498.00 $298.80
13
$575.00 $344.98
4
$645.00 $321.00
6
$495.00 $304.50
12
$558.00 $313.49
from Bon-Ton
6
$278.00 $129.99
5
$295.00 $176.98
13
Hobo 'Jill' Trifold Wallet
Hobo International
$68.00
4
$89.00 $49.99
8
$348.00 $195.74
from Bon-Ton
8
$498.00 $279.74
from Bon-Ton
4
$79.00 $35.55
from Macy's
2
$268.00 $129.99
2
$495.00 $299.99
8
$498.00 $279.74
from Bon-Ton
3
$189.00 $141.75
from Macy's
1
$345.00 $258.75
8
$298.00 $167.24
from Bon-Ton
4
$425.00 $99.99
7
$378.00 $212.24
from Bon-Ton
5
$795.00 $477.00
16
Large Calf Hair and Leather Hobo
Diane Von Furstenberg
$498.00 $298.80
4
$88.00 $43.50
6
$995.00 $499.99
7
$398.00 $238.80
from Shopbop
3
Hobo Annette Crossbody
Hobo International
$228.00 $170.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$450.00 $270.00
4
$598.00 $447.99
from Bon-Ton
7
$495.00 $99.99
5
Hobo Thea Crossbody
Hobo International
$128.00 $95.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$248.00 $148.80
3
Hobo 'Jill' Trifold Wallet
Hobo International
$78.00 $52.26
2
$2,250.00 $1,350.00
2
$345.00
4
$348.00 $261.00
2
$268.00 $129.99
2
$228.00 $170.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$495.00 $149.99
3
$295.00 $221.25
5
$280.00 $139.99
11
$495.00 $346.50
from Shopbop
3
$358.00 $214.80
from Shopbop
1
$298.00 $213.20
1
Hobo Dria Leather Crossbody Bag
Hobo International
$98.00 $56.25
1
$425.00 $212.00
1
$325.00 $243.75
4
Hobo 'Sadie' Leather Wallet
Hobo International
$108.00
2
$298.00 $166.99
from Bon-Ton
2
$348.00 $174.00
Not all sizes/colors
2
$278.00 $129.99
1
Hobo Finley Tote
Hobo International
$278.00 $207.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$295.00 $221.25
3
Calvin Klein PVC Hobo
Calvin Klein
$148.00 $110.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$278.00 $155.99
from Bon-Ton
1
$595.00 $297.00
1
$345.00 $172.00
2
$475.00
$720.00
$198.00
$128.00 $118.00
Hobo 'Marley' Hobo
Hobo International
$248.00
$108.00 $98.00
$325.00
$295.00 $176.98
Hobo 'Rachel' Frame Wallet
Hobo International
$128.00
Steven by Steve Madden 'Jtheo' Hobo
Steven by Steve Madden
$98.00
$54.00 $48.00
Hobo Lennon Leather Tote
Hobo International
$248.00
$575.00
$148.00 $99.16