Aside from our organic, handwoven line of Turkish textiles, Cuttalossa is a local-centric, farm-to-city line of textiles and dry goods. Whether we're collaborating with our alpaca farm to develop a new line of fall sweaters, planting tea seedlings for an upcoming harvest, foraging wildflowers for natural dyeing, or checking cutting board samples for our Modernist Collection, on any given day, you can find us ferrying between local the farms and artist studios we work with. If you've ever wondered about these local farms and artisans we work with, we encourage you to check out our Philadelphia Inquirer profile for the behind-the-scenes operations of our business! Check out the full article here.
Off the impossibly beautiful and historic River Road that winds along the Delaware River, lies an unassuming dirt path. If you were to turn down the path, you'd wander into a sunlit valley intersected by the thin vein of Cuttalossa Creek. Tall trees shade the dirt path that runs parallel to the creek and all is quiet save for the faint clanging of sheep bells in the distance. To the right of the path, an old inn stands proudly atop a small hill. Opposite, a field lays fallow, a moss-covered barn fading into the landscape.
The babble of Cuttalossa creek rustles through the trees as you make your way down the path and cross a stone bridge. Under a canopy of hemlock trees, the creek comes to a head as water churns over smooth stones. It is here that you can find Cuttalossa owner Shannon Retseck stealing a minute to herself between long hauls to and from the farms she works at.
Her company's namesake creek is a constant source of inspiration for Shannon, who grew up not far away. Much like the tiny creek that has historically connected goods from the surrounding regions to Philadelphia by way of emptying into the vast Delaware River, Shannon herself is a connector. Working with local farms to source heirloom textiles and dry goods, Shannon is the home goods version of the farm-to-table movement--the link between Philadelphia buyers and surrounding farms. All of her local products are made of 100% natural fibers and natural dyes and she holds the same set of standards to her imported line of handwoven, 100% organic cotton Turkish Textiles. All of her artisan products are made with everyday use in mind.
We couldn't be more excited to share our journey with you!