Buro 24/7 Interview: Coco&&Breezy
Buro 24/7 speaks to twins behind the up and coming accessories label
Corianna and Brianna, also known as 'Coco and Breezy', are the identical twin founders of an eponymous sunglass brand based in New York, a brand based on their own passion for making avant-garde style available to all.
Starting from humble beginnings, the African American / Puerto Rican 22-year-olds grew up best friends in the suburbs of Minnesota. Their work ethic and fashion ambition started as teens – juggling school commitments, working three jobs whilst still managing to find the time to create artistic projects for themselves, including their sought after sunglasses.
Whilst on a trip to Manhattan in 2009 as fashion outsiders, Coco and Breezy and their eclectic eyewear were an instant hit, and a brand was soon born.
Buro 24/7 sits down with the twins during a recent trip to Dubai to find out more.
Welcome to Dubai, what do you think of it here?
Coco | We love Dubai! It is very inspiring to see all of the cultures and styles. I can see so many fashion styles. It's very glamorously conservative.
Is it your first visit to the region?
Breezy | Yes it is our first time. We are very excited because we are launching our eyewear in Dubai with the new online shop L'Armoire.ae.
Tell us about your brand
Coco | Our brand is based by the plan to provide not only fashionable but functional eyewear. Breezy and I are artists at heart; so all our designs have geometric and irregular shapes. We are excited about our new Spring 14 collection because we added a lot of new shapes that are retro inspired.
Describe 'Coco && Breezy' in five words
Breezy | 'Vison of the future'! That was four words!
You collaborated with Adidas last year, is there anything else like that in the pipeline?
Coco | Right now we don't have any future collaborations in development. We are in the process of developing our collections to expand our product line.
Coco and Breezy
Who are your fashion icons?
Coco and Breezy | We are each other's fashion icons.
You started out in the fashion industry at a very young age; do you have any mentors who helped along the way?
Breezy | Yes we started our business straight out of high school. We have twin footwear designers who are our mentors when we have business questions. Selima From Selima Optique, she is our eyewear mother! She helped mentor us with any of our eyewear questions. We think it's very important to have mentors. You can never have too many.
Selima From Selima Optique
Describe a typical working day
Coco | We wake up every morning and start our day with a healthy breakfast. But days are always different because our company is still very small so we play a lot of rolls – we love working! We work about every day from 12-18hours a day!
Breezy | When it's a design day, I always start off with sketching all of the new designs. Then Coco will choose the best designs that she thinks will fit our brand.
What are the benefits of working so closely as identical twin siblings?
Coco | We are twin sisters, best friends and business partners. The benefits are we work hand and hand very well. We help finish off each other's weaknesses. A pitfall is that we love work so much that sometimes we are like... 'Let's have a regular sister conversation' Ha ha!
What's next for Coco && Breezy?
Breezy | While we are In-between seasons we have launched a holiday collection of sweatshirts. The new line is called 'Coco and Breezy ART' and all of the sweatshirts original art illustrations by us. We are happy and excited to share our artwork with the world!