Style icons and identical twins Corianna and Brianna are the founders of eyewear brand Coco and Breezy – a celebrity favourite that counts Prince amongst its biggest fans (he wore their “3rd Eye” sunglasses at his SNL performance).
NAME ONE RULE ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BREAK.
”The key to life is to break all the rules and use your greatest potential in everything you do. Don't always go with what you’re told to do – have the mindset of testing it out yourself to find the solution. Staying positive and being fearless will help you break all the rules. Create your own lane!”
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST FASHION RULE YOU CHALLENGED?
”Back in 2008 before colourful lipstick was popular, we would use coloured eyeshadow and lip gloss to make blue lipstick. Magazines would say it was a fashion no-no but we didn't care. Of course a few years later, those same magazines had it for the new it-trend. We never really go with the rules of fashion… The number one rule is to be comfortable in your skin.”
DID YOU FACE ANY CHALLENGES GROWING UP?
”We faced a lot of challenges having a unique style and growing up in the suburbs in Minnesota. We were blessed to have parents who really supported and pushed us to express ourselves freely through fashion and art. With us looking so different and dressing very eclectically in high school, we would get stared at, made fun of and bullied. We felt so misunderstood and hurt inside, so that is how we found our love for sunglasses. We would wear sunglasses to block our eyes from making eye contact with these people that didn't understand us. We always knew we wanted to be entrepreneurs, so we started designing our own sunglasses and that is how our eyewear company was born. We took us being bullied and created a business out of it. We know that a lot of people can relate to this, and we would just like to share that it's not the end… it's just the start of a new beginning. When you’re bullied for any reason, it's because you’re a visionary and ahead of your time.”
WHAT DO YOU DO IN EVERYDAY LIFE TO HELP PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT?
”We recycle, always turning off lights and not using a lot of electricity, we don't eat meat. Also on another level of helping the people in our environment, we speak at a lot of schools to share our story and teach positive thinking. We have spoken at schools such as Princeton, Syracuse, NYU, Columbia and more. We love to share with people the unconventional way of doing things, being happy and do what you love. We should all be dreamers and executers. It's not always easy, but with the right mindset, we can change the world.”
Click here to see the denim collection made from recycled materials!