FREE Shipping Over $100 | Shop Sets for New Markdowns

Why Is It Called a Hobo Bag?

Why Is It Called a Hobo Bag?

So, I did some digging and found some info just for you guys because who doesn’t want to be more educated about fashion, right?  Have you ever wondered where the name Hobo bag came from? Well, here’s what I found. The term “Hobo” was first used to describe migrant workers in America at the end of the 19th century, who were essentially homeless and rode freight trains looking for work, carrying their belongings in a sack tied around a bindle stick. It's this marker that fashion borrowed to describe a slouchy bag with a handle.

According to Tony Thorne, a specialist in slang, jargon and cultural history at King’s College, the first hobo bag was created in 1936 and retailed for 35 cents.  

Now, we’ve come a very long way since that time.  I don’t think you can get anything for 35 cents today.  However,  you'll love our Hobobags

I'm pretty sure of it.  You can also see our other handbag collection as well.

Now, be honest, what do you think… Should we rethink the term Hobo bag?

Read Sarah Raphael’s article: “Why We Need To Rethink The Term Hobo Bag”, in British Vogue to hear her thoughts.

Leave a comment

What are you looking for?

Your cart