Handbag brand Hobo has partnered with model and artist Karen Elson on a limited-edition collection of bags.
The collaboration is the fourth installment in the brand’s Artisan Series, where the heritage leather goods brand works with female artisans across all genres on small batch collections. The Karen Elson assortment is made up of 55 bags, priced from $228 to $458, and use one-of-a-kind hand-painted illustrations by artist Costanza Theodoli-Braschi. The designs are centered on a theme called “Oh My Goddess.”
“My inspiration for the bags was to celebrate women by using symbols of femininity to empower,” Elson explained. The bags will include painted artwork such as snakes, wild flowers, fauna, pearls, beetles and phrases. “Cosi’s [Theodoli-Braschi’s] artwork beautifully exemplifies these historical gender connections,” she added.
“I am most inspired by the original, authentic creators who redefine how we view things and do it with individuality and confidence,” said Hobo design director and founder Koren Ray. “I was incredibly excited to see Karen put her touch on our leather bags and the Oh My Goddess collection. As a woman and mother, Karen’s vision surrounding female love, acceptance and empowerment speaks to me and became the perfect narrative for this collection.”
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