Let’s face it, we live in an era where longevity isn’t rewarded. Every day, we scroll through a forgettable, never-ending stream of content; we swipe left with little regard for the human on the other end; and we buy cheap, fast fashion that will end up in our trash bags as quickly as it went in our shopping bags.
It’s not surprising, then, that a good bag—not unlike a good man—is hard to find. When we say good, we’re not talking about a tote that’s one step away from something you’d use as a grocery vessel. We’re talking about a piece that lives with you and becomes a record of the trials and tribulations you’ve experienced (and okay, maybe the stains and spills you’ve experienced as well). A drawstring laundry depository this is not.
Fortunately, Nashvillians in search of a good bag are in luck, as HOBO—the Maryland-based leather purveyor led by husband-wife duo Koren Ray and David Brewer—is unveiling a new line of bags titled Modern Day Hobo: Nashville Edition this weekend (April 5-7) at White’s Mercantile. Says Koren Ray of the collection: “This is a city that has stayed true to their roots for decades and one that is overflowing with folks we like to call Modern Day Hobos. We hope you agree . . .”
If the artists included in this weekend’s launch are any indication, Nashville does agree. The three-day fashion event is chock-full of faces that will hopefully be familiar to NATIVE readers: there will be in-store performances from Erin Rae, Brooke Waggoner, Katie Schecter, and Bantug; coffee soda from Matchless Coffee Soda and cocktails with Yuyo Botanics CBD oil; and live art from Emily Miller (who happened to model the Jett bag in the most recent issue of NATIVE). Plus, during the event, local makers like Honor Of, Nashville Dry Goods, Fanny & June, and many more will be offering specials online via HOBO’s website.
We may or may not have a few more tricks up our sleeves—or in this case, our bags—for this weekend, so come out each day to celebrate what HOBO model and past NATIVE feature Adia Victoria calls “a damn fine bag.” Get more info here.