The Row may not be the largest or most powerful handbag brand in the world, but when the Olsen Twin-helmed company sets its sites on a particular type of bag, it’s worth taking notice, even if you don’t think it has any chance of becoming a full-blown trend. People scoffed when The Row chose a backpack to be the most expensive and highly publicized piece in its debut collection, but within a few seasons, every brand was making a fancy backpack. The brand was also early on the saddle bag trend and now its designers have proved prescient again, this time with the return of the hobo.

I posited that the hobo might be making a (welcome, to me) comeback several months ago, and as more pre-fall and fall bags arrive at online retailers great and small, it looks like the hobo may indeed be how the industry moves on from the bucket and saddle bags we’ve seen for the past several seasons.

Although some people think of hobo bags as bottomless pits, picking the right one will get you a roomy, functional, casual bag that’s comfortable to carry and easy to access. Because hobos are slouchy and collapse in on themselves a bit, it’s less necessary to fumble with flaps, ties or zippers than it is on most bags, and they’re generally lightweight and easy to keep on your arm. This time around, the designs are generally minimalist and neutral, which can make them a great office option if you don’t have to carry a laptop or simple prefer a discreet option. Check out some of the best below.

3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Hobo
$1,095 via Saks

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AllSaints Paradise Suede Hobo
$298 via Bloomingdale’s

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Bottega Veneta Large Veneta Hobo
$2,550 via Neiman Marcus

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Céline Sangle Hobo
$2,350 via Céline

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Coach Nomad Hobo
$495 via Coach

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Elena Ghisellini Estea Sensua Hobo
$975 via Neiman Marcus

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Elizabeth and James Zoe Medium Hobo
$545 via Net-a-Porter

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Frances Valentino Medium June Hobo
$650 via Nordstrom

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Gucci GG Supreme Hobo
$1,350 via Gucci

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Loewe Medium Asymmetrical Hobo
$1,550 via Nordstrom

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Louis Vuitton Babylone Hobo GM
$4,100 via Louis Vuitton

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Mallet & Co. Archie Hobo
$1,615 via Net-a-Porter

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Marc Jacobs Waverly Large Hobo
$995 via Neiman Marcus

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MCM Large Milla Hobo
$830 via Nordstrom

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Michael Kors Skorpios Hobo
$795 via Neiman Marcus

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Rebecca Minkoff Isobel Hobo
$295 via Rebecca Minkoff

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Salvatore Ferragamo Small Badia Hobo
$1,990 via Nordstrom

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The Row Knot Suede Hobo
$1,190 via Net-a-Porter

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Tom Ford Alix Hobo
$1,890 via Bergdorf Goodman

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Tory Burch Landscape Patchwork Small Hobo
$495 via Tory Burch

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Vince Camuto Adria Hobo
$258 via Nordstrom

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Vince Hudson Hobo
$395 via Shopbop

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Lori
Lori
6 years ago

What a fabulous group of hobos!

Sparky
Sparky
6 years ago

Ooo. I really like that LV in #11 but I wouldn’t pay 4 grand for it.

Imgoingbroke
Imgoingbroke
6 years ago
Reply to  Sparky

my thoughts exactly. I love it though. That soft pink is TDF.

Lisa B
Lisa B
6 years ago
Reply to  Sparky

I’m with you. I don’t buy trendy bags in premiere designer labels!!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
6 years ago

I shall admire from afar. These are gorgeous bags, but I can’t with hobos. Everything settled to the bottom. It’s like your stuff is in a trash bag.

Holly Mueller
Holly Mueller
6 years ago

The Coach Nomad Hobo is absolutely wonderful – sits up perfectly, everything sits in place inside , with a narrow structured bottom. But,…what the photos don’t show, is that when you wear it, the top becomes slouchy but beautiful with the smooth, supple leather. Structured rounded bottom, slouchy hobo top. And the inside is leather, not fabric. Is large enough for an ipad to fit and still maintain a hobo profile.

lavinia
lavinia
6 years ago

I love hobos, they are my favorite bags. These are all wonderful. Thanks I can never get enough.:)

Finem Lauda
Finem Lauda
6 years ago

Eugh. Never.

Imgoingbroke
Imgoingbroke
6 years ago

Love me a good hobo bag. These are great.

Amanda
Amanda
6 years ago

I completely understand why some people hate hobo bags…but I have always loved them, and I am super excited to see a larger variety return to the marketplace! I’ve said this before- I am so happy to see how many variations in leather and details we are seeing this fall. It’s a nice change of pace from the last few years where Saffiano leather seemed to cover 80% of all the bags out there. I know it’s durable, but for me, I love the supple hand of leather, so bring on the pebbles, suedes and slouchy styles.

Lezli
Lezli
6 years ago

The Tom Ford bag is beautiful!

Sera
Sera
5 years ago

Most of these are very squared off and bucket like. The last time hobos were trendy I feel like they were far more shapeless and smooshy. Now those were black holes of lost keys and snacks.

DEE P
DEE P
5 years ago

Structured bag reminds me of my mom.