Don’t let the identical-twin status fool you: Coco and Breezy are the faces of individuality. These 22-year-old fashion entrepreneurs (real names Corianna and Brianna Dotson) have decorated the likes of Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé with their signature shades in the three short years since they created their bold line, Coco && Breezy. But you won’t find any of their designs at your local mini-mall’s Sunglass Hut—only through local boutiques and their website, which dares its unisex audience to turn heads as much as they do.
Coco && Breezy began when its founding twins had just stepped out of their high school halls. Holding down two or three jobs at a time (always with each other) since their budding teenage years, they are a powerful unit. “It’s crazy: A lot of the places we worked didn’t allow family members to work together,” Breezy says. “You couldn’t be in the same classes in high school if you were cousins.” But somehow the twins escaped these rules. “We had the same hours at work and sat right next to each other in class every day. By 19 we were still together and working for ourselves.”
The day of their 19th birthday was when the line took off. “Coco’s always been into fashion, longer than I have. She introduced me to wanting to be a designer and motivated me to see designing as my main passion,” Breezy says. “We always knew we wanted to be business partners; we can separate business and family.” So that day they packed up their things in Minneapolis, sold their cars, and moved to the fashion metropolis of New York City. Ashanti’s stylist called just three days after they arrived, asking for a pair of glasses for her client’s red carpet event. The same week, Kelly Osborne donned a pair of their sunglasses. Coco && Breezy had officially taken the fashion world with its bold style, which, the twins say, is a result of their background in art.
“Dancing was our first passion, and we also paint,” Coco says. “We’re used to being onstage, so our stuff has a very theatrical style.”