we believe in modern luxury: being socially and environmentally responsible while looking and feeling your best. Coton is committed to bringing you the highest quality, most beautiful clothing we can while also reducing our collective carbon footprint. Regardless of your gender, size, or age, Coton welcomes you. Shopping today is about more than just what you buy; it can also be a statement on what you stand for. Feel confident in the way you look while breaking out of the harmful fashion cycle.
Meet the Team
Co-Founder and CEO
Elizabeth has 7 years of experience in the design, development and production of high-end luxury fashion. One of Elizabeth’s designs became the 9th most popular product globally in Q1 2019 (Lyst Index). She holds a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a Graduate Diploma from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), and is an MBA candidate at the Darden School of Business.
Co-Founder and COO
Alyssa has 10 years of experience in Financial Planning and Corporate Strategy within the FinTech, Consulting and Consumer industries. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, where she was a four-year member of the women’s hockey team, is a mother of two, and recently earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business.
To get a glimpse of the story of Coton and the people behind it, check out these articles:
"To say you are passionate about your job is an understatement for Elizabeth Blankenship, CEO and co-founder of Coton. Coton is a fully sustainable luxury fashion brand with a focus on utilizing existing materials to deliver premium clothing while also reducing both the company and the consumer’s collective carbon footprint."
"Did you know the fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of global greenhouse emissions? However, Darden First Year student Elizabeth Blankenship (Class of 2022) has a solution. Her contemporary fashion venture, Coton, uses only existing materials, bought directly from other luxury fashion brands and mills across Europe, to produce its clothes. We recently connected with Blankenship to talk about her MBA journey, the inspiration for her venture and the importance of doing the hardest thing first."
Picture from: https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2020/03/03/uva-ilab-moving-to-new-location/
"Elizabeth Blankenship (Class of 2022) chose the University of Virginia Darden School of Business for its vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, including many avenues of support available to student founders."