All About Artisan Leather HOBO Handbags

I grew up under the craft bench in my mother’s iconic store, playing with the scraps of leather the artisans would give me - it is then, I learned to love leather, respect its character and choose to make it my native language.
— Koren Brewer

HOBO's Story

HOBO was first fabricated in 1991 in Annapolis, Maryland by a creative, hardworking, and free-spirited woman, Toni Ray. With a belief that our possessions should reflect our journeys, and a passion for making authentic leather goods that are made to last, Toni set out on the road with her handmade leather bag collection, thus creating HOBO.

In 2006, Toni handed down the business to her daughter and son-in-law, Koren and David Brewer. With Koren's knowledge and hard-work combined with David's adventurous heart, they have stayed true to the purpose and philosophy HOBO has always possessed.


Design Philosophy

At HOBO, it all starts with the making of leather, a nostalgic praise to the soul of the 1970's and a passion to acknowledge the stories of wanderlust. As lovers of handbags, the balance of beauty and functionality in a purse is very important to us at Embellish. At HOBO, they are committed to doing just that - resulting in an aesthetically pleasing bag that only gets better with age. The shape and drape of leather is very vital; therefore, each piece of leather is hand-selected by artisan craftsmen. The combination of attention to detail and vintage touches, creates timelessly cool leather pieces that will stand the test of time.


Types of Leather

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Velvet Hide

Full-grain cowhide

Aniline dyed and double tumbled with natural oils for its extra softness

This is the softest in the HOBO collection and keeps the natural surface and grain of the best American steer hides available

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Vintage Hide

Full-grain cowhide

Dyed with organic dyes and a smooth wax finish

This has a natural distress look that wears to a rich sheen and shows off the great variations in the Italian leather hides.

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Vachetta Hide

Full-grain cowhide

Aniline dyed and minimal surface treatment to leave a natural leather character

The leather is left uncovered to allow the true grain to be shown and felt; aged to a rich sheen with use and wear.

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Suede Hide

Full Grain Hide

Aniline dyed and softly buffed to intensify the natural beauty

The brushed surface of the hide creates a soft finish and a rich, saturated hue.


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5 Fashion Trends to Look for in 2018

The new year has officially arrived and its time to step into 2018 in style! Now, it's up to you to decide whether you are going to embrace the ever so popular phrase "new year, new me" and give yourself a whole new look, or just give your wardrobe a little update. Either way, we at Embellish are here to help you get a head start on the fashion trends that you will be seeing throughout 2018. After all, a new year is always a good excuse to treat yourself with new clothes!


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1. Anorak: the New Leather Jacket

Your days of choosing between fashion or function are finally over! Due to the athleisure trend, designers have finally decided to make the waterproof, wind-resistant anorak a staple for 2018. So, say goodbye to water stained leather jackets or matted down fur coats, and hello to the stylish yet practical anorak jacket.


2. Sheer Perfection

Everything sheer is all the rage at the moment. From celebrities to bloggers to the streets, we can safely say skin revealing fabrics are a must-have. You're able to keep it sophisticated while showing off a little skin; we say that's a win-win right there!


3. Bold Hues

What's the perfect way to get rid of those wintertime blues? Color of course! According to the Spring 2018 runways and fashion forecasters, we are going to be seeing a year of saturated hues, especially ultra-violet, which has been named Pantone's color of the year. No boring neutrals for us this year; we are all about vibrant hues that can ultimately make our days a little brighter... literally. Color is exactly what the fashion doctors ordered.


4. Fringe with Benefits

You guessed it! Fringe is back again this year. This detail always seems to add a bit of a twist to a simple garment. Make a fashion statement with your outfit this year by adding a little (or a lot of) fringe. This lively feature has us dreaming of frolicking around at music festivals and dancing the night away. All in all, fringe is the perfect way to create a show-stopping finish to any outfit.


5. Picnic Chic

Gingham is the new plaid! This print will be everywhere this spring/summer, and it has your name written all over it. The flirty, feminine vibe of this print is perfect for downtown strolls or fun picnics at the park. This spring, grab you a blanket and picnic basket, and enjoy the fresh air in style.


Comment below and let us know what your favorite trend of the new year is. Thanks for reading!

-Embellish