The name "hobo" originates from the shape of these bags. They tend to resemble the shape of a bindle on a stick that hobos carried in popular cartoons. Unlike the cartoons, however, today's bags are stylish accessories reflecting the latest trends in everything from the materials to the details.
Hobos come in a variety of sizes but most are made of soft, flexible materials such as butter soft leather, faux-leather, and fabric. Sometimes these bags (particularly super slouchy styles) are associated with a bohemian look, but more often you will find sleek, sophisticated styling for the discriminating fashionista.