At Coton,

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

Elizabeth Blankenship

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.

elizabeth@thecoton.com

Alyssa Blankenship

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.

alyssa@thecoton.com

Meet Coton

To get a glimpse of the story of Coton and the people behind it, check out these articles:

Coton: A Fully Sustainable Luxury Fashion Brand

"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."

Experience Darden #103: Making Fashion More Sustainable

"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/

The KPI Club: How Female Founders Thrive at UVA Darden

"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."