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!

Happy Mother’s Day!


The Terra Cotta Woman wouldn’t be who she is without her mum.

Mother’s Day is not only a national shopping day.. (and no one can say anything about it)..but also a day to honor the  wonderful “mother figures” in your life. We women can all recall those special women who helped us develop into the wonderful good natured person that we are. Say thank you to your role-models. Let them know you appreciate them.

How easy is it to let her know you care?

1. Come to Terra Cotta or give us a call ahead of time

2. Let us help you.

3. Done.

Daughter-Sewing-with-Mother IMG_ KA (818)vintage mother and daughter

 On Mother’s Day, its your right to shop for yourself. It’s a national shopping holiday, you know?

If you are looking for a gift, Terra Cotta has a few options that any woman would love.

Even though she may say your love is enough, don’t believe her.

No matter who your mom is, she probably needs more scarves. Seriously.

We have hundreds of scarves.

 Silk, cotton, linen, you name it we have it on almost any budget.



How do we women function without our wallets or pocketbooks?

Terra Cotta offers a wide variety of wallets and handbags, made by women for women.

It’s a gift she will use everyday and may not buy for herself!


Celebrating on a Budget?

We’ve made it easy for you with gifts under $50, $100, and $200.

Under $50

Who better to ask than the TC girls when it comes to choosing luxurious bath products? Have you tried our soaps? This little luxury goes a long way.  Let us design a custom bath gift just for you!

Under $100

FACT: Terra Cotta Women love shoes.

Buy her a pedicure, and a pair of shoes to show it off!  Look in her closet, find her size, we will help you with the rest! We are stocked with a variety of styles under $100, like these  Chocolat Blu leather strap sandals

The TC ladies love this versatile cross-body from Hobo International.

This bag fit’s your smart phone device, and can be transformed into a clutch, shoulder bag, wristlet, or cross body in the blink of an eye! Super supple Italian leather and a gorgeous selection of color choices!

Under $200

BONUS POINTS!! Build your mother a personalized Waxing Poetic necklace!!

1. Choose a gorgeous chain

2. Choose your unique and personalized charms

3. We will wrap it up for you!!

Instant heirloom quality piece. Continue the tradition by adding charms for special occasions. A thoughtful gift to be passed  down through the generations.

All of our new Chan Luu wrap bracelets are under $200! Gorgeous gemstones, individually hand sewn in leather, wrapped around her wrist, and worn everyday as a reminder of you.

Just when you think it can’t get any better…

20% off 

All Lounge and Sleepwear!


Robes, tunics, chemises, tanks, slips, and more!!  All from our favorite brands Only Hearts, Hanky Panky, ShopBlithe, and Yala.


Make a point to think of the other mom’s who deserve an extra Thank You!!

 Who helped make your mother so wonderfully special?

We’re talking about your mother’s mother. Don’t forget about your grandmother!

We have the BEST powders and lotions from La Bouquitiere. Incredible long lasting fragrances that we have been carrying since 1996. Add the biggest fluffiest powder puff you can imagine and THAT is the secret to a good looking, great smelling, wonderful feeling Terra Cotta Woman in a nutshell.

At  Terra Cotta, we find great joy in the presentation of thoughtful consideration. Let us gift wrap a beautiful package for  you any day, any way. It’s always complimentary.


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

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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