The Humble Origins of The Hobo Bag

Hobo bags have occupied the fashion scene for nearly 90 years, evolving with each new trend. With their simple silhouette, these handbags are adaptable and chic, uniting fashion and function in one gorgeous accessory. If you’ve ever wondered why the name “hobo,” the origin makes for quite an interesting story!

Humble Origins

Today there are hundreds of luxury hobo bags to choose from, but these handbags were originally inspired by a time of economic hardship. The iconic hobo bag takes its name from the vagrants who crossed the United States on freight trains looking for work during the Great Depression. Needing an easy way to carry their belongings, these “hobos” stored their few possessions in sacks they hung from bindles, or long thin sticks they rested over their shoulders. This method of transport produced a slouch in the sack, which later became the shape we know and love.

These handbags have gone in and out of favor as fashion focused on more intricate or rigid shapes. But the hobo bag once again found its niche with the 1960s counterculture and has enjoyed a recent resurgence on the runway.

Casual Comfort

While smaller bags are certainly available, the traditional hobo handbag is large and roomy. Perfect for going out, these provide convenient storage for additional accessories, like a pair of flats after a night of dominating the dance floor in heels.

These handbags usually sport one long strap that can be worn over the shoulder or across the body. The classic hobo bag is generally one solid color, making it compatible with a number of different outfits.

Endless Variety

Though these purses were originally simple fare, the variety of designs has exploded, ranging from classic leather hobo bags to patterned fabric options. When you browse our selection, you can find slouching handbags with a variety of adornments, including:

  • Embroidery
  • Additional and/or detachable straps
  • Printed patterns
  • Tassels
  • Exterior and/or interior pockets

You may also notice a difference in structure between designs. While the traditional bag is soft and doesn’t stand up on its own, much like the Gucci Jackie, many people prefer a more robust handbag. Some hobo bags incorporate elements from other purse styles, like a gusset on the bottom, to create a more stable base, like the Louis Vuitton Speedy. Others use sturdier fabric, like canvas, to give the bag a more durable shape.

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