Educate me: what makes a bag a HOBO?

No Cute

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I thought I knew...but I'm growing more confused the more bags I see that say: hobo. Four hobo bags. The little red image is classic hobo, imo, so that's there for comparison.

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Tavy Shaw

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I have always thought a hobo bag is a shoulder bag, usually medium to large in size, and is slouchy. The first bag to me is a shoulder bag, but is not a hobo. The bag on the bottom left looks to me like a tote. The patent bag on the bottom right is closer to the hobo shape, but I have always that that a hobo is typically softer than the bag pictured, so that when you set it down, it will slouch more.
 

LindaP

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The first and second do not look like hobos to me, I agree with the poster above that said that one looks like a shoulder bag and the other a tote. The third one is iffy but close...the last definitely looks like a hobo. It seems like the term is being used more and more indiscriminately these days.

Linda
 
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I would say a hobo can't exactly stand up. They're more of a circle shape
The base is an arc and continues to circle with the handle. I usually consider them small, but i guess they can be large?? the word "hobo" reminds me of 'small' though.. The 3rd and 4th pics best describe a hobo. esp that last pic
 

No Cute

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So I DID understand...thank you...the first two have me so confused.

1. Elliott Lucca Runway Hobo
2. Bottega Veneta Woven Leather Hobo, large
3. Ferragamo Luchetto Hobo
4. Ferragamo Hobo Handbag
 

Luna

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Hobos are shoulder bags. Shoulder bags is more of a general term. A tote could be a shoulder bag also.

Hobos are generally slouchy, but can be more structured also. Generally it has one strap and is meant for shoulder use only. It's not really a hobo if you can't wear it on your shoulder.

the term came from the actual word hobo:
ho·bo
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/ˈhoʊ
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boʊ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[hoh-boh] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun, plural -bos, -boes. 1.a tramp or vagrant. 2.a migratory worker.

these "migratory workers" would take a large piece of fabric and tie it into a bundle, place it on the end of a stick and this is how they would carry their belongings from place to place.

at least... this is what they taught me at FIT... :lol: so who knows! :biggrin:
 

LindaP

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these "migratory workers" would take a large piece of fabric and tie it into a bundle, place it on the end of a stick and this is how they would carry their belongings from place to place.

at least... this is what they taught me at FIT... :lol: so who knows! :biggrin:

Very interesting, thanks for posting this bit of info!

Linda
 
Apr 25, 2007
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Hobos are shoulder bags. Shoulder bags is more of a general term. A tote could be a shoulder bag also.

Hobos are generally slouchy, but can be more structured also. Generally it has one strap and is meant for shoulder use only. It's not really a hobo if you can't wear it on your shoulder.

the term came from the actual word hobo:
ho·bo
thinsp.png
/ˈhoʊ
thinsp.png
boʊ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[hoh-boh] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun, plural -bos, -boes. 1.a tramp or vagrant. 2.a migratory worker.

these "migratory workers" would take a large piece of fabric and tie it into a bundle, place it on the end of a stick and this is how they would carry their belongings from place to place.

at least... this is what they taught me at FIT... :lol: so who knows! :biggrin:


The first and true hobo :P

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