About Us

Our Story

It all started with the love of leather...

“In my earliest memories I am playing with scraps of leather under the craft bench in the '70s leather shop where my mom, Toni Ray, learned her trade. She taught me that it all begins with the craft of leather and the belief that the possessions we own are made better with the richness of experience.”

Toni Ray cashed in her life savings and started HOBO

After 20 years building legendary leather shops, Toni Ray starts all over again. With the last of her savings and a belief that quality and cool never go out of style, HOBO is born.

She chooses the name HOBO to celebrate the legendary spirit of the American hobos who followed their own path and lived by a code of hard work and kindness in pursuit of the next adventure.

The first HOBO collection was designed on the dining room table

Sketching designs on the dining room table, in my mom's home in Annapolis, Maryland, we create a collection of natural leather bags, crafted in a small family factory in Bogotá, Colombia.

Because like-souls have a way of finding each other, I meet David Brewer, the person who becomes my partner in HOBO and in life. We share a love of music and a belief that the most important thing in life is to find good people to take the journey with.

The Lauren Clutch-Wallet was born out of necessity

The original kiss-lock wallet-clutch designed to hold it all and get you through every day with grace, style and confidence. After many years, Lauren has reached coveted collectors' status and earned a place in the hearts of over 1.5 million women.

Doors to our Flagship store opened in Annapolis, MD

Because we believe in connections, we put down retail roots in Annapolis, Maryland, opening our first flagship store in the heart of our hometown.

And HOBO takes to the road. Mobile HOBO is the perfect way to share our leather goods, purposefully designed for discovery and everyday adventures.

We began our partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Crafted for good. We launched our partnership with Habitat for Humanity to help support their vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.