Hobo Bags / Hobos
What is a hobo bag?
Hobos are shoulder bags that typically feature a slouchy
posture, scooped center, and long shoulder strap.
A handbag or purse is a
medium-to-large bag that is often fashionably designed, typically used by women,
to hold personal items. The hobo bag
is a style of handbag
or purse that is typically large and characterized by a crescent shape, a
slouchy posture and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder.
This style of purse is called a hobo bag because it
resembles the shape of the bindle on a stick that hobos are portrayed as
carrying over their shoulder in drawings and cartoons. A bindle is the
bag, sack, or carrying device stereotypically used by the American sub-culture
of hobos. A bindlestiff was another name for a hobo who carried a bindle.
The bindle is essentially a stick with cloth or a blanket tied around one end
for carrying items, with the entire array being carried over the shoulder,
allowing for force to be transferred to the shoulder and so leading to a more
long lasting and comfortable grip, especially with larger heavier loads.
Particularly in cartoons, the bindles' sacks usually have a polka-dotted or
bandanna design. However, in actual use the bindle can take many forms.
A hobo is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond,
especially one who is impoverished. The term originated in the Western or
Northwestern region of the United States around 1890. Unlike a "tramp", who
works only when forced to, and a "bum," who does not work at all, a "hobo" is a
In modern popular culture, the
hobo bag is no longer like a bindle. The modern
hobo handbag can be
made of various materials and does NOT include a stick. This type of
handbag sold at many different price points from stores from Walmart to Neiman
Marcus. Hobo handbags are often of high quality and sold at the finest
luxury retailers. This is far from the original roots of being carried by
Hobo bags are made out of soft, flexible materials and
tend to slump, or slouch, when set down. However, they do not always
slouch. For example, when they are made of a sturdy leather. There are many different sizes and
shapes of this popular woman's fashion accessory.
You may want to also learn about
totes which are
other types of handbag.
Learn about different
types of handbags.
As a fashion accessory, handbags can be categorized
according to the silhouette of the bag, as well as the type of handle. It is a
good idea to
pick a handbag for your body type.
You can shop for hobo handbags at excellent fashion
accessory retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Neiman Marcus.
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