Corianna and Brianna — better known as design duo Coco and Breezy — are the identical twins taking the eyewear industry by storm.
The Puerto Rican and African American twins come from humble beginnings in Apple Valley, Minnesota. The two fashionistas have since relocated to New York City, where they own a successful, sunglass brand. Their cutting edge designs have even been seen on Beyoncé, Rihanna, Prince and more.
We caught up with Coco and Breezy to discuss the struggles they faced for being different, their design inspirations and more. Check it out:
Did you ever struggle with feeling different from your family?
Coco: Yeah totally! Out of all our cousins, we’re the only ones that are mixed with black, the only ones that have darker skin on that side of the family. At first is it was kind of weird, but as we got older it wasn’t that bad, because we didn’t see ourselves being that different. It was more of the outside world not believing that our cousins are our cousins and my mom is my mom.
Breezy: We grew up trying to prove ourselves. In Minnesota ,there’s not a lot of Puerto Rican; it’s a lot of Mexicans. We grew up having to prove ourselves. People would be like, “Oh you’re too black, you’re not Hispanic.” It got to a point where we just stopped telling people we were Puerto Rican because we had to prove ourselves so much because we were darker skin. Our whole life we’ve been struggling to having to prove ourselves. Everyday that’s our struggle. It’s been our biggest struggle to embrace our Puerto Rican side.
Your style is super unique and it fits perfectly in New York — but maybe not so much in Minnesota. Did you ever feel different growing up in Minnesota?
C: You know what I feel like our style made us so different.
B: Our style made us so different and also I mean the way that we grew up. Our dad is from down South and super Southern and then my mom is super traditional Puerto Rican. We grew up with people who were Caucasian. We went to school with like platanos in a Ziploc. Remember, Coco? And people were like, “What is that?”
C: It’s funny because the stuff my mom did. I didn’t know were part of our culture until I moved to New York, and noticed that other people did the same thing we did. I wasn’t around it much. I only know my mom and dad and what they did. Coming to New York, I feel like more part of our culture. With our style, of course, in Minnesota people look at us as crazy. We didn’t care, we always loved fashion.
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