The 12th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

The Carlos Falchi

Iconoclast recipient


Established in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1991, HOBO's origins lie within the craft of leather. When Toni Ray, creator of the legendary 1970s D.C. Leather Shop, Georgetown Leather, passed the brand to her daughter, Koren Ray, in 2006, they both wanted to keep the company firmly grounded in the belief that our possessions should reflect our journey. Raised on the road in a VW bus, and spending time under the craft bench as her mother worked in her iconic shop, Koren learned first-hand to create with beauty, soul, and purpose. As HOBO thrives as a second generation, privately owned and family-operated brand, Koren and her husband, David Brewer, focus on creating beautiful, authentic leather goods that are made to last. They stay true to their passion and enduring design philosophy with handpicked leathers, timeless designs, flawless functionality, and a nostalgic tribute to the methods and soul of the 70s, creating bags that only get better with age. The HOBO Collection can be found at fine boutiques and department stores, as well as online at