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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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Brooke Leather Hobo
Tory Burch
$598.00 $418.60
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$388.00
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$298.00 $199.66
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$340.00 $185.50
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$1,850.00 $925.00
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$128.00
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Framed Leather Hobo Bag
Neiman Marcus
$420.00 $210.00
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$340.00 $129.99
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Small Leather Hobo Bag
Vince Camuto
$258.00 $54.97
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$995.00 $399.99
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Adalee Hobo
Cole Haan
$320.00 $149.99
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$168.00
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Lex Large Convertible Leather Hobo
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$368.00 $220.80
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$395.00 $179.99
5
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Mini Hobo Bag
Loeffler Randall
$475.00 $237.50
from Shopbop
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$428.00 $214.00
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Leather Hobo Bag
Liebeskind
$358.00 $99.99
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$248.00 $129.99
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Hobo Glory Leather Wallet
Hobo International
$128.00 $76.80
3
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Hobo 'Jill' Trifold Wallet
Hobo International
$68.00
3
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$545.00
3
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$138.00
3
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$3,295.00 $1,647.00
3
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$348.00 $179.99
3
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Aria Bucket Hobo Bag
French Connection
$98.00 $48.75
3
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Dane Faux-Leather Hobo Bag
French Connection
$118.00 $58.50
3
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$595.00
from Shopbop
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Anwen Hobo Bag
Nine West
$99.00 $69.99
3
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$84.00 $54.00
3
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Becket Riley Hobo
Dooney & Bourke
$298.00 $239.99
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$448.00 $403.20
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Hobo Serra Leather Hobo Bag
Hobo International
$238.00
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Hobo 'Marley' Hobo
Hobo International
$248.00
2
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$1,415.00 $707.00
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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$300.00 $139.99
2
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$198.00 $99.99
2
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$350.00 $149.99
2
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Felax Leather Hobo
Vince Camuto
$278.00 $166.80
2
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Indio Hobo
The Sak
$179.00 $124.00
2
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Zoe Bucket Hobo
Cole Haan
$348.00 $244.99
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Lydia Large Hobo
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$298.00 $208.60
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$295.00 $205.99
2
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Meredith
Hobo International
$228.00 $159.99
2
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Hobo 'Vida' Leather Clutch
Hobo International
$98.00
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$228.00 $159.60
1
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Large Zoe Suede Hobo
Elizabeth and James
$595.00 $476.00
1
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$238.00 $178.50
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Irving Hobo
Botkier
$348.00 $243.60
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Stargazing Nubuck Hobo
Rebecca Minkoff
$345.00 $258.75
1
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$450.00 $337.50
1
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$995.00 $399.99
1
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$498.00 $259.99
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$228.00 $119.99
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Ruell Hobo
Vince Camuto
$278.00 $166.80
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$398.00 $246.76
1
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$99.00 $64.00
1
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Ashland Hobo
The Sak
$219.00 $152.99
1
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Becket Large Riley Hobo
Dooney & Bourke
$328.00 $229.99
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Logan Hobo
Botkier
$298.00 $209.99
1
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Mission
Hobo International
$168.00 $117.99
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Lennox
Hobo International
$278.00 $194.99
1
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Larkin
Hobo International
$198.00 $139.99
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Kendra Hobo
The Sak
$139.00 $99.00
1
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Cabot
Hobo International
$328.00 $262.99
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Crusade
Hobo International
$288.00 $230.99
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$68.00 $54.99
1
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Marley
Hobo International
$248.00 $199.99
1
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$34.99 $12.99
from H&M
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$128.00
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$1,490.00
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$218.00
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$228.00
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$198.00
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Hobo Hero Leather Tote
Hobo International
$298.00
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$288.00
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$258.00
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Hobo Meridian Leather Hobo
Hobo International
$288.00
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Hobo 'Linn' Leather Card Case
Hobo International
$64.00
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$128.00
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$58.00
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$1,750.00
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$318.00
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Large Veneta Leather Hobo
Bottega Veneta
$2,600.00
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$398.00
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Darcy Leather Hobo
Alexander Wang
$895.00
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$98.00