SKINGRAFT

Skingraft was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2006 by brothers Jonny and Christopher Cota. Credited as a pioneer of the new American avant-garde, Skingraft’s roots in performance art-inspired fashion influence its seasonal collections, where music and its lifestyle-driven subcultures strongly inspire the cuts, colorways, and fabrication of the brand’s signature dark, body-conscious designs. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jonny joined an underground performance art troupe. As a performer and costume designer, with limited resources and massive creative energy, Jonny sourced vintage leather jackets from thrift stores, deconstructing individual pieces, then re-tailoring the leather scraps to create dark, avant garde performance art pieces. From this organic process the name Skingraft was born. After earning his MBA, Christopher joined Jonny in Los Angeles, where the brothers opened Skingraft’s office and showroom in what has since become L.A.’s burgeoning arts district. The brand’s HQ — at the intersection of the film and music industry and the high fashion world of celebrity styling — allowed Skingraft to carve out a highly influential niche among the the world’s most prominent pop icons. International tastemakers including Rhianna, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Missy Elliot, Usher, Ciara, Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Wiz Khalifa, The Black Eyed Peas, Juliette Lewis, Britney Spears, and Marilyn Manson have all worn Skingraft, both on stage and on the street. Since inception, Skingraft has been featured on countless television shows and films, including True Blood and The Hunger Games. Global press outlets have also taken notice, with editorial coverage spanning WWD, Vogue Italia, Elle, Elle Mexico, Elle Italia, GQ, The L.A. Times, Style.com, Flaunt, Nylon, and even the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Skingraft is stocked globally by the world’s premiere retailers and influential boutiques. Skingraft New York opened in Soho in 2013, joining Skingraft Los Angeles as part of the brand’s ever expanding roster of brick and mortar outposts. Even as Skingraft continues to push boundaries and redefine itself season after season, it is always identifiable by its unique layered aesthetic, intricate detailing and standout silhouettes — often imitated but never duplicated.

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