Fall Hobo 2013

Just in! The new Fall/ Holiday Collection from Hobo the Original!!  As many of  you know, Hobo has been our staple leather handbag line for over a decade!  Their quality and style never cease to amaze us, and the fall collection is the crowning glory of brilliance. Full of bright colors in deep, lustrous hues, and new shapes that will fit all your gadgets in style! Be the first one to check out the new looks.

Learn a little more about Hobo by watching their story or check out their website at hobobags.com

The Hobo Brand Story from Hobo on Vimeo.

New Collection in store now, plus 25% off the summer collection!

Terra Cotta is on Instagram!


We are so excited to be posting our new, swoon-worthy merchandise on Instagram! Follow us to keep up with our most recent arrivals,  styling inspiration for your favorite Terra Cotta looks, new store displays, and the adventures of our store kitty, Miss Amelia!

We would love to see how you are wearing your Terra Cotta treasures as well!

Simply include #terracottasavannah on your personal Instagram photos, so we can get a sneak-peek at how you style our pieces!

Happy Instagram-ing Everyone!

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Giveaway/Wrap It Up: September


On Sept. 6th, Terra Cotta teamed up with Vogue and businesses around the globe for one amazing night of celebration!

Fashion’s Night Out – Four years and going strong! Editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers all came together for one of fashion’s most iconic extravaganzas! Last year’s bash featured events in eighteen countries, including 4,500 FNO events in the States alone. Savannahians showed their support with an estimated 5500 people, two runways stages, a half-pipe skate ramp,VIP set-ups from Savannah Magazine, and plenty of pop up stores covering Broughton Street.

Not only we were celebrating the joy of shopping, but also Terra Cotta‘s 16th birthday!

What better way to embrace a sweet sixteen than with delicious cupcakes from Back In The Day, giveaways, live music, and an entire night dedicated to celebrating the customers and clothing that we love.

A photograph taken inside Terra Cotta when it first opened in 1996.

Can you believe it? Our owner, Christine Nussbaum, opened up shop in a Savannah that is quite different than it is today.She carried luxury soaps, considerate gifts, the fluffiest powder puffs you’ve ever seen, and a handful of comfort wear. Terra Cotta is renowned for excellent taste in quality products. Christine has held onto her  belief in beautiful presentation, excellent customer service, and  continual generosity.

Customers have been coming for 16 years, just to have a signature gift wrap! As a token of our gratitude, we gave away over 16 HUGE gifts this Fashion Night Out to our fantastic customers!

Have you ever heard the song by Donovan called  “I love my shirt?” . We feel this summed up the mood of our FNO evening. Our  window was inspired by a 1940’s  fall department store painting. Replicating the past, we included styles from some of our favorite vendors including  Nic+Zoe, Francis, and Fifteen-Twenty!  Racks were bursting into a  fall bloom with the latest looks for the season!  We have the most incredible selection of vintage inspired coats lined in faux fur, two-toned riding boots, plush cashmeres from Velvet and  gorgeous handbags in  the most opulent fall shades!

What a great kick-off to fall, filled with laughter and customers truly getting excited about shopping! We were too!

Fashion’s Night Out was made possible by the giving hearts of our fantastic vendors and the generous donations of our local FNO Savannah team! . Check out the photos of our lovely customers wearing the some of giveaways that they won from Fashion’s Night Out.

1. Irresistible newborn cupcakes from Back in the Day, 2. Stylist, Hannah Bering wearing one of the latest looks from Annie Griffin, 3. Detail of Eva Franco dress.  4. Our stylish customers Christy and Rose loving the fall looks! 5.Incredible DJ Keith Kozel spinning records out front- (Yes, spinning real old-school records!)  5. Detail of display  Chocolat Blu CAMs and Velvet sweaters

 We were able to give-away 18 fantastic prizes!! It feels so fantastic to be able to give back to the customers who have supported us for years! Thank you! Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope to see you soon to pick-up your giveaway!
We would like to give a special THANKS to all the vendors who contributed to our FNO event:
We couldn’t have done this without you!
-European Soaps
& Lorren Bell who graciously provided 50 giveaways for our guests!
Amelia, our store kitty, also had a great time at Fashion’s Night Out!
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photo of Eva Franco dress via our wonderful customer, Bevin Valentine. Check out her awesome blog Magnolia Reverie to see how she styles her Terra Cotta finds!

What’s New: September


September has awakened an invigorating spirit of strength within the Terra Cotta Woman. Introduce yourself to a new beginning with a contemporary perspective to the art of dressing.

From the runway, to the everyday, women are embracing the decadence of opulent, richly-inspired fashion. Whether it is through boldly textural garments, metallic leathers, or glistening gems, the Terra Cotta Women is looking forward to a fall season of opulent transformation.

1. Darling Helena Coat.

2. Britt Ryan Printed Silk Dress.

3. Citrine, Champagne Quartz, & Rubies: Gemstones that can be found in our Caro’s Jewelry.

4. Hobo Veronica in Bordeaux  & Nana in Autumn Paisley .

“…We know the fashion message for Fall 2012 is all about strength. This polished, commanding feeling carried over into accessories as well and is best exemplified by the above-the-knee boots..(and) rich jewel tones… seen on the runways from New York to Paris. It was an opulent season to say the least, but one with looks simultaneously appropriate for today’s businesswoman. Attaché bags, animal prints, and rich embellishments pulled double-duty as they’re well suited for both work and leisure…. Accessories made a power play for fall, standing on their own and owning it—and isn’t that what this season is all about anyway?”- Vogue.com

 Miz Mooz, a fantastic New York based label that fearlessly delivers this fall in the most sumptuous textures. Luxurious abundance doesn’t stop at lavish handbags or jewel-toned coats, have you seen September’s stylish shoes?

The latest collection from Miz Mooz offers a feeling of unstoppable confidence with wearable sustainability. It’s a delicate balance of looking good and feeling good, but our customers agree.. these shoes have a rich sole that offers incredible comfort… yes we said comfort.

We let our store kitty, Miss Amelia, chose this season’s must-haves:

1. Lance Oxford

2. Amelia Boot

3. Franklin Oxford in Brown & Black

Cheryl Matson from Miz Mooz, was gracious enough to answer some our questions about the company’s humble beginnings, their eclectic customer, and the inspiration that fuels their unique designs.

“Miz Mooz began life as a private label in a handful of NYC stores just over ten years ago, with our broader wholesale business starting in 2004.  The first few years it was really just a two man operation, until I came on board, providing a much needed -if I do say so myself – female voice.  In the past three years we’ve grown from a trio to team of nine, and as you pointed out, I am just barely the eldest of the group at the ripe old age of 32.

Miz Mooz shoes reflect the energy and personalities of our team, as well as those of our customers. We’re a unique and fun bunch, we know what the trends are, but would prefer to set our own than follow someone’s lead.  Like us, the Miz Mooz woman appreciates quality and craft, but also wants shoes with quirky and interesting details that will set her apart from the crowd.  She’s sophisticated, has a killer sense of humor, and doesn’t take herself too seriously.  You can see these characteristics revealed in our vibrant hand burnished leathers, unexpected hardware and adornments, and contrasting materials.”

It is time to relinquish the old and look towards the new. Hobo is offering the most exciting promotion this month! Join us, September 14th-30th in our Purse Trade-In event! Bring one of your old handbag into Terra Cotta, and get a $50 credit towards your NEW Hobo purse! We will donate your old bag to  our local charity, Dress for Success, keeping you up-to-date, organized, and helping the community at the same time! You should be so proud of yourself.

Let’s adopt this feeling of opulence by filling our fall wardrobe with jewel-toned delights and embracing a giving heart. Become inspired by burgundy and honey gold hues of September, welcome a new pair of unique Miz Mooz into your closet, and recycle a past treasure in order fall in love with a new one.

Ciao, Terra Cotta

Lifestyle : August

Working Girl

The new, modern and chic office/back to school wear.

The Terra Cotta Woman‘s is in transition this August as she switches gears into an early fall. Her confidence takes charge as the kids go back to school and her schedule suddenly fills up with new fall agendas. You can still hold onto that slow summer feeling and bring it back with you to the workplace.

This August let us show you how that  typically stark work environment can be lightened up with “decidedly feminine touches”.

 “Dress shabbily, they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman” – Coco Chanel

Nic&Zoe‘s fall collection at Terra Cotta helps transition suiting to easy mix-and-mingle pieces with beautiful colors that are bright enough for your workplace without becoming the talk of the cubicle.  With the consistent fit and quality we’ve all come to love, feel-good fabrics and a passion for open weave knit sweaters, we can see the heart of designer Dorian Lightbown in her Fall 2012 Barcelona Collection.

The heightened state of influential television series like “Mad Men” is having quite the affect on the way we dress for the workplace. Remember that late 80’s film “Working Girl“? Power dressing for the workplace doesn’t have to mean shoulder pads and costume jewelry… thank you Melanie Griffith!

The concept behind power dressing has always rested in projecting the inner confidence and ability of the wearer through their dress, and the coming Autumn season heralds an energetic return to authority driven dressing in all its commandeering glory.

   This Fall, your alpha-female energy  can purr in animal print once again in an updated geometric shape that feels less kitten and more lioness. This Fossil flat has such a reasonable heel height, it will not only become your work shoe but your after-work shoe, and your weekend shoe, and your running errands shoe.

The structured tote is something every woman needs!  How organized is your work bag? With all the hustle and bustle in our every day life, how long does it take you to find your iphone? Your lipstick?  Sunglasses?

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, jet-setter, banker, or mother, nothing feels better then when everything has a place.  You need a bag that is organized with updated pockets for your ipads, laptops, and smart phone devices. The following are the Terra Cotta Girls top picks for your carry-all and organized work bags by Hobo the Original.

.1 Annalisa in Black .2 Morena in Amber .3 Lauren Wallet in Dove

As Autumn rolls around, its time to let the clothes do the talking. Slink into creative color palettes and pattern play with ensembles that feel confidently feminine and authoritative.  If the urge to quote Tess McGill’s infamous line becomes overwhelming, well go ahead and indulge, after all “we are not steak, and you can’t just order us”.


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quotes via the erudite

Giveaway : July

Hobo is “a lifestyle brand founded on the principles of creativity, originality, and quality.”

Haven’t you always wanted to cash in your life savings and put it all into something you love? That kind of passion is what drove Toni Ray to start our favorite handbag line, Hobo the Original back in 1991. Along with her daughter Koren Ray, and son-in-law, David Brewer, they made handbags on their dining room table in Annapolis, MD, bought a van, and headed to New York to sell the first Hobo Handbag in 1991.

“The original Hobo logo is inspired by the spirit of those who live by their own rules and navigate life’s journey in style”.  No wonder this brand resonates with The Terra Cotta lifestyle and why we have been loving it for so many years! Hobo… “Builds innovative design, purposeful details, and iconic style into (all of their) signature products” and “has a passion for the past and an eye to the future.”

In 2003, the “iconic double frame clutch” wallet, Lauren, was born. By far our best selling wallet style, this carry-all is incredibly well designed and from a brand that is designed by women, for women, why wouldn’t it be?

The Lauren, made of Italian top-grain leather, has a secured center panel for your ID and room to grow!  Just how many things can you fit in your Lauren? We are always surprised! Our friends at Hobo graciously took apart a Lauren wallet to share with us just how many pieces go into making one!

Toni Ray is quite the inspiration. She is truly a “bags to riches” story as the Washington Post reported back in 2006. What does she plan on doing next? “She thinks maybe she’ll write a book, a guide for men she will call “How a man can judge a woman by the Handbag she carries” It will include tips like, “If’ she’s carrying a big sack bag, she’s artistic. If she’s carrying a Gucci or Coach, she’s very into status, and how much is that going to cost you in life? She plans to start a foundation to help women in business.”

As a Thank-You to all of our loyal Hobo fans for supporting local business over the years, we want to give you the chance to win this gorgeous Tropical Garden Print Lauren Wallet! We would love to hear from you about your loved Hobo too! Where has it gone? Who has it been passed down to? How many years have you had it?

How to Enter:

1.  Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall!  You can also share on a friend’s wall too, where multiple shares will equal multiple entries!

2.  Sign up for our Newsletter!  Our e-mails give information about secret sales, promotions, and special events occurring at Terra Cotta!

You have from now until the end of July to enter!*

*UPDATE* GIVEAWAY Entry is closed.  Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Laura R. on her win!  Continue to check the blog for future giveaway opportunities like this one.

Best of luck and don’t forget to mention this post to receive 25% off all apparel, shoes, and handbags for the month of July!

Ciao, Terra Cotta

interview/article credits : From Bags to Riches by Darragh Johnson on The Washington Post

photo credits : hobo international, washingtonian

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What’s New : July

The Terra Cotta Woman takes pride in where she comes from. She spends this July searching for distinctive pieces that are sure to become family heirlooms. Her selective eye spots classic silhouettes in great quality sustainable fabrics. What’s old will always become new again, and the Terra Cotta Woman looks forward to seeing her wardrobe worn and appreciated by the next generation one day.

Let’s take a moment this month to appreciate the simplistic nature of the past. There once was a time when all flowers were grown from seeds, all tomatoes were heirloom, and one would save money all year to buy the perfect summer dress that has now lasted twenty.

It’s all about fine quality fabrics and fantastic tailoring.  Think about the outfit that Audrey Hepburn wore on the back of the scooter in Roman Holiday.  These are the foundation pieces of your wardrobe, pieces that you will wear again and again and someday pass down to your grandchildren. The Terra Cotta Woman knows that in a culture of disposable quantities, classic design and quality fabrics remain the definition of true sustainability.

The best thing I know is to do exactly what you wish for a while

-Dr. Bonnachoven from Roman Holiday

.1 Lightweight navy and white striped dress from Red 23.  Asymmetrical hemline hits at the knee. Pair with a blazer and Waxing Poetic charm necklace for a dressy affair.

.2  Silver Vintage Letter Stamp Necklace from Avindy on a handcrafted sterling silver seal with one diamond on the bail and palladium chain.

.3 Eva Franco’s Taffey Dress in navy and sand colored linen.   Pair with wedges for a playful look.  Add a wide brimmed hat and a Nantucket basket purse.

.4 Cross front wedges from BC Footwear.  Available in whiskey, black, and mustard and comfortable for walking on cobblestone streets.

.5 Eva Franco’s Orla dress in navy and sand colored linen.  Pleated A-line skirt and striped hem. Change out the belt to add some color.

 Let us help you make the right investments for your wardrobe heirlooms this July by offering you to 25% OFF all APPAREL, SHOES, and HOBO BAGS for the entire month!

Our current selections are timeless and great investments that you will feel proud to wear for years to come.

Ciao, Terra Cotta

*photo by Leombruno-Bodi, July 1955 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

*pattern by ashley g

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