Ethically made is a choice and I was brought up extremely thrifty and taught how to do most things on a budget.

Above all how to reuse and mend instead of buying new. Secondhand living is my way of life here. EL HOBO encapsulates all that I love and want to share with you all. In conclusion what was thrifty is now environmentally friendly.

Homespun folksy Americana inspired lifestyle is EL HOBO’s style. My father always referred to me as ‘the littlest hobo’. Due to my wanderlust nature and collector of used items. EL HOBO style is a collective melting pot of happy 70’s memories. With a passion for worldwide travel, country music and years of a surfing and biker lifestyle.


I studied fine art and design at college and worked for many years as a freelance display stylist. After that I spent many years travelling the world just my son and I for the whole of his childhood. Beautiful textiles have always been a passion for me. Therefore my travels have exposed me to traditional clothing, styles and textiles. Visiting many countries rich in such items including Morocco, Mexico, India, Indonesia, America and lots of Europe.


EL HOBO’s main emphasis is on reusing and being thrifty. Sourcing cotton threads, zips, buttons etc secondhand is our way. Therefore significant lessening our environmental footprint. Check out the world’s platform for change. Reduce reuse recycle is a good start. However we need to move to reduce, reuse, repurpose, and then and only then recycle. We know at EL HOBO that its ethically made because I make it from predominantly secondhand materials.


For instance a lot of my collections involve the use of leather and sheepskin. Above all this is only ever sourced as a used material, coming from old sofas. and coats. I dismantle the leather jackets and bags, all providing an abundance of good quality useable leather. I myself am a vegetarian and do not condone the use of animal products for pleasure. However I do feel that in reusing old leather and sheepskins etc then it hasn’t gone to an unnecessary death to end up as waste in the landfill.


In conclusion I use second hand leather a lot to ensure that its ethically made. I am happy to accept any used leather items you may have. Offering vouchers towards having items made from the material you supply. View our bags.

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