6 of the Hottest Hobo Bags

New season, new bag? Perhaps it is time to try another always-in-fashion design, different from the Hermès Birkins and Kellys and Chanel Classic Flap? Let’s give those hobo-style handbags another look.

Always classic, the hobo bag generally is defined by its crescent-like shape and single shoulder strap. As such, it serves as a blank canvas for diverse interpretations across luxury brands. Beyond the shape, the essence of a hobo bag lies in the fluidity of its silhouette, marked by a gentle curve between the shoulder straps.

Today’s hobo bags exhibit unique signatures of their respective brands, showcasing variations from luxurious woven leathers to striking-printed monograms. Indeed, no two hobo bags are identical. While some embrace a slouchier silhouette and others are more ladylike, they share a chic, carefree ‘grab and go’ aesthetic, retaining the hobo bag’s timeless appeal. 

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Join us as we delve into the realm of coveted designer hobo bags, exploring the remarkable diversity of styles from our favorite brands and their take on the signature slouch.

Celine – Ava Triomphe 

Introduced in 2020 by Hedi Slimane, the Celine Ava bag quickly rose as a best-selling icon. Originally crafted exclusively in the brand’s renowned Triomphe canvas, it championed a 90s-inspired crescent silhouette, establishing its timeless yet contemporary aesthetic. 

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The new iteration, known as the Celine Ava Triomphe, epitomizes vintage-inspired sophistication through its Triomphe Canvas and contrasting calfskin construction. Boasting a magnetic Triomphe closure adorning the leather flap, the bag is complete with a secure zipper closure. Coming in at 10 x 7 x 4 inches, the bag has one main compartment and a small inner flat pocket. 

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Adaptable in style, the Ava Triomphe effortlessly transitions between shoulder and hand carry. Its adjustable leather shoulder strap has with a versatile drop ranging from 8 to 9 inches. Retailing for $2,250 in the iconic Triomphe Canvas, this design embodies timeless allure. For those drawn to classic naturals, an alternative variation in smooth calfskin is available in timeless black and tan hues, and retails for $2,600.

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Goyard – Bohème Hobo 

Set apart from the famed Goyard tote bags, the Bohème Hobo effortlessly captures a casual yet timeless vibe. Marked by its broad, supple leather single-shoulder strap, this hobo bag radiates sophistication while retaining a sense of ease. 

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A standout attribute of this hobo lies in its secure zippered closure – which not only offers security but also preserves the bag’s classic hobo signature slouch. Adding to its versatility, the Bohème includes a detachable pouch secured with a snap closure, introducing an element of organization or serving as a standalone mini clutch. Its dimensions, a generous 10.6 x 5.9 x 16.5 inches, provide ample room for your essentials without compromising on style.

The Bohème is offered in Goyard’s iconic palette of 11 distinctive colorways – from classic black and navy blue, as well as vibrant orange and yellow. Goyard’s Bohème certainly stands as an elegant alternative for those seeking sophistication beyond the realm of the traditional tote. Pricing information is available exclusively at Goyard boutiques.

Bottega Veneta – Sardine Hobo

Among Bottega Veneta’s coveted Sardine bag collection, the Sardine Hobo emerges as the latest sensation – boasting an evolution of the brand’s classic design into a functional and stylish hobo silhouette.

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Crafted with the brand’s iconic Intrecciato leather technique, the Sardine Hobo exudes classic charm. Its elongated form, complete with a thin leather shoulder strap and sculptural metallic top handle handle, redefines the conventional hobo style.

Despite lacking a zip top, the bag remains effortlessly accessible with a secured magnetic closure. Internally, you’ll find a single zippered pocket and double flat phone pockets for organization. Designed for everyday use, its dimensions of 15.7 x 16.1 x 3.9 inches offer generous space for your belongings.

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Available in three signature colorways – Tratervine, Ardoise, and Black – this rendition of the Sardine bag embodies the brand’s distinctive aesthetic. Priced at $5,300, the Sardine Hobo blends functionality with distinctive aesthetics. 

Chanel – Maxi Hobo Bag

Not to be left out of the world of hobo bags. Chanel too includes a version. The Maxi Hobo bag from Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2023/24 pre-collection has attracted dedicated Chanel aficionados. Its resonance with the statement-making aesthetic of the 90s, marked by its bold quilting, oversized design, and prominent hardware and logo, has struck a chord. Even with diehard fans of the Chanel iconic flap.

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This oversized silhouette provides a relaxed, laid-back vibe with its slouchy leather. Measuring 11.5 x 14.4 x 5.1-inch frame, it boasts a zip-top closure. It could probably host your entire collection of mini bags, and then some!

The Chanel Maxi Hobo bag is made of quilted leather. It features a flap front pocket secured by the signature Chanel turn-lock fastening and a thick singular strap.

Retailing for $6,400, this hobo combines Chanel codes with laid-back elegance.  

Saint Laurent – Le 5 à 7 

A bit more structured than the classic hobo bag silhouette, the Saint Laurent Le 5 à 7 bag is characterized by its clean lines and sleek design. The bag’s open top, elegantly secured with the distinctive YSL Cassandre logo fastening, adds a touch of sophistication to its simplicity.

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With dimensions measuring 9 x 6.2 x 2.5 inches, this compact yet chic bag offers a practical size that can easily transition from day to night. The Le 5 à 7 is equipped with an adjustable shoulder strap and comes complete with an internal zipped pocket. Additionally, for enthusiasts of smaller sizes, Saint Laurent introduces a miniature version of the Le 5 à 7, downsized to a petite 7.5 x 4.5 x 1.8 inches, with prices starting at $1,750. However, this compact bag is purely designed for hand carry. 

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Saint Laurent offers a diverse range of options for the Le 5 à 7, showcasing various types of leather and an extensive array of colors. Choose from classic smooth leather, luxuriously padded lambskin, and glossy patent variations.

Available in shades ranging from the timeless light Ivoire Naturel to the deep, green-tone Vert Fonce, these smooth leather selections are $2,400, while the patent dark red wine version retails for $2,500. The brand also offers a black crocodile-embossed leather iteration, providing a textured and elevated aesthetic, available for $2,650.

Le 5 à 7 - StylePrice (USD)
Smooth Leather$2,400
Padded Lambskin$2,400
Patent Leather$2,500
Crocodile-Embossed Leather$2,650
Suede & Shearling$2,650
Lizard Skin$4,200
Ostrich Leather$4,700

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Expanding its range further, Saint Laurent now offers some exotic Le 5 à 7 options, particularly in lizard and ostrich. The exotic lizard bag retails for $4,200, while the ostrich leather option, available for $4,700, brings another level of luxury.

Louis Vuitton – Loop Hobo

Looping back (pun intended) to a bag we’ve previously explored here on PurseBop – the Louis Vuitton Loop Hobo – for good reason. The Loop bag offers vintage elegance reimagined, paying homage to Louis Vuitton’s Croissant bag while presenting a distinct design. Launched in Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2022 collection, the Loop swiftly developed a fanbase among LV enthusiasts. 

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With a sleek and slender profile, the Loop Hobo features a half-moon ‘baguette’ silhouette with defined leather corners.   Sized at  15 x 10.2 x 3.9 inches, there is also a removable pouch. The bag’s versatility is further accentuated by a detachable leather and chain shoulder strap. Offering a myriad of styling options – it’s your call:  a chic shoulder bag or a hands-free crossbody.

For lovers of tiny bags, Louis Vuitton’s Loop bag can also be found in a miniaturize size. This curvaceous and cute bag comes in at 9.1 x 5.1 x 2.4 inches complete with all the features of the standard-size Loop, plus the addition of a zip-front pocket detail. Prices for the Mini Loop bag start at $2,370. 

Loop Hobo - StylePrice (USD)
Mini Loop$2,370
Monogram Canvas$2,870
Monogram Empreinte Leather$3,050
Bicolor Monogram Empreinte Leather$3,150

Fashioned in Louis Vuitton’s enduring Monogram canvas, with a subtle reverse canvas touch, the Loop bag elevates any ensemble and retails for $2,780. For those seeking to upscale the bag, the Loop Hobo is available in Empreinte leather in black or cream which retails for $3,050, and a Bicolor Monogram Empreinte leather offering retailing for $3,150. 

Which of these chic hobo bags has caught your eye? Are you a fan of Celine’s classic silhouette, or do you prefer the maxi Chanel? Let us know your favorite. 

Published: March 26th, 2024
Updated: March 26th, 2024

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