The hobo bag was named after the loose, slouchy bags that hobos carry, but there the resemblance ends. These bohemian chic purses or handbags which are identified by their crescent shape and long shoulder strap have become popular and trendy. Embellished with designs, buckles, fringes and tassels, the leather hobo has become the best-selling style of purse. From department stores to discount outlets, there is a leather hobo bag to fit every budget.
What to look for in a hobo bag
Shoulder straps are an important hobo bag feature Most hobo bags are big enough to carry an assortment of goods. Large hobo bags can get quite heavy, so a sturdy shoulder strap is a must. An adjustable strap is a nice feature. It is often more comfortable to carry a hobo bag with a long strap rather than one that is held too close under the shoulder. Zippers and compartments A good hobo bag will close with a zipper. This is a handy feature, as since the bag is slouchy, an open hobo bag without a zipper may allow contents to spill out when the bag is set down. A zippered outer pouch for keys and other loose items is another good feature. Good quality leather Hobo bags should be made of good quality, medium leather. A darker colour will hold up better to wear and stains than a tan or white purse.
Coach and Gucci: Famous brand name hobo bags
Coach hobo handbags One of the biggest names in designer hobo leather bags is Coach. Coach hobo bags are of excellent quality and design. The coach leather hobo comes in many styles and is sold at fine department stores. As of 01 August 2011, one of their current designer hobo bags retails for $298.00 at Macy's, but prices can be considerably higher or lower depending upon the style of coach hobo purse selected. Gucci hobo bags Gucci is the top name in Italian bags. Prices vary, but a high-end Gucci hobo bag retails as Saks Fifth Avenue for $795.00. (01 August 2011) However, there are outlets where these distinctive bags can be purchased at a discount. Some are sold as cheap as around $200 dollars. A shopper must be wary of stores that sell cheap knock-offs of these distinctive bags.
Other quality leather hobo bags
Radley of London also offers a variety of leather hobo bags. The large Radley bag is popular and reasonably priced. Other manufacturers of good-quality medium-priced leather hobo bags are Stone Mountain and Fossil, which are found at department stores.
Though leather hobo bags can be very expensive, a good bag can often be found at a discount outlet store.
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