Collaborating with a variety of makers, Kelly Savoca, of Cotton & Moss, has created a sustainable lifestyle offering that places attention on origin and the environment. Her first specialty-item product launch targets green- thumbed clientele.
Savoca is a former fashion designer who studied at Pratt Institute and spent 10 years working in the industry in New York, where she developed a passion for ethical manufacturing. Family ties and the desire for a lifestyle change brought her to Nashville, where her love of horticulture blooms.
“When I came here, I knew that I wanted to be more involved,” she says. “The best way that I thought I could do that is to start out by interviewing different folks, whether they’re brands, farmers, or manufacturers, that are creating a positive impact.” Featured on the Cotton & Moss website, Savoca’s chats with MetaWear, Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill, and Alabama Chanin stem from a desire to shift the way consumers think about buying products.
Savoca decided to start small with her first retail offering. The Cotton & Moss brand includes a variety of pieces, such as contemporary, eco-fashion goods, from Alice + Whittles natural rubber garden boots to flirty, botanical greeting cards printed with non-toxic ink on recycled paper. The Wave Planters hail from FisheyeBrooklyn, the ceramics studio of Kim Gilmour, who makes them exclusively for Cotton & Moss. The handmade pots have functional drainage holes and coordinating saucers, and they’re available in french blue or charcoal. Made in the U.S. and hand-forged with copper detailing, Red Pig Garden Tools’ two-piece set includes a trowel and cultivator. The brand strives to keep tradition alive by basing its designs and its production style on tools from the past. Cotton & Moss ochre- hued beeswax pillar candles are hand-poured in Nashville. Said to neutralize allergens and help purify the air, the sweetly scented lights will enhance your health, home, and mood.
Savoca hopes to eventually add her own designs to the line, noting an interest in incorporating apparel. In addition to its online presence, Cotton & Moss participates in small pop-up shops throughout the year. (cottonandmoss.com)