get to know designers coco & breezy

photos by suzanne darcy

the twins talk inspiration and why you should never take your shades off.

For Minnesota natives Corianna and Brianna Dotson, also known as Coco and Breezy, feeling like outsiders provided them with a spur of inspiration. The now widely popular eyewear designers have managed to transform the shameful label into a point of motivation for continuing their avante garde fashion sense. The twin's adoration for rocking sunglasses started as a mechanism for shielding them from a community of onlookers who misunderstood both their innovative style, and their eclectic vision. Eventually, the two took a chance on the unknown and ventured to New York City. Here, they pursued their artistic nature and soon built a boutique accessories brand that was a representation of their unique sense of self and newfound confidence. Coco and Breezy's unwavering dedication and inherent diversity fueled an industry revolution, and solidified their place as conoisseurs of wearable art. 
Name/Brand Name: Coco and Breezy Dotson/ Coco & Breezy
Occupation:Designers/ Artists
Hometown: Minnesota
Current City: Brooklyn, NY
1) How long have you been designing? Why is eyewear so important when putting together a look?
We have always been creative and loved art. We started designing when we were kids—stealing our parent's sheets and making them into dresses. We found our love for sunglasses in highschool when we felt like outsiders. Sunglasses gave us the level of confidence that we never had. We used our love for sunglasses and designing and educated ourselves on how to design eyewear. 
2) Each collection has its own story, where does the inspiration come from?
All of our inspiration comes from life stories and personal experiences. We also love creating art and a lot of our designs are inspired by our paintings and illustrations. 
3) You’ve done a lot of collaborations. Which one has been your favorite so far?
Our favorite collaboration was with MILLY. It was so amazing as we had the pleasure to design and produce custom glasses for the MILLY runway show last September fashion week. 
4) When is it acceptable to not be wearing sunglasses?
When you're sleeping ... Lol! Other than that, why take your sunglasses off?
5) What’s next?
We are excited to grow our eyewear line by not only doing sunglasses but by creating fashion forward optical frames. 
6) Anything else we should know about you? 
We love to dance!!!!!!!!!!! 
Shop Coco and Breezy's looks at NYLONshop!

zesiro sunglasses in brown, coco & breezy, $240. atsu sunglasses, coco & breezy, $150. (available here.)

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."