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Owner and Designer

Phone: (213) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: j***@***.com
125 West 4Th St. #102
Los Angeles , California 90013
United States

Company Description: Fashion Forward Apparel for Men and Women. Specializing in Outwear.

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JONNY COTA IN ELLE ..., 7 April 2015 [cached]
The Inspiration: "Santeria and Mexican ..., 8 Oct 2014 [cached]
The Inspiration: "Santeria and Mexican prayer altars," said designer Jonny Cota in the show notes, "focus[ing] on the elements of blood, smoke earth and bone."
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Skingraft Designer Jonny Cota talks New York store opening with Complex Style
Why? "Leather is just badass," says ..., 2 May 2014 [cached]
Why? "Leather is just badass," says Jonny Cota, the designer of Skingraft, a 7-year-old, Bali-based clothing line known for its custom leather pieces made for the likes of Marilyn Manson, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott and Usher.
The demand for novel uses of leather in the music world is such that a number of indie designers are jumping in. Cota has created everything from a leather hooded corset for Nicki Minaj to a patched overcoat pieced from thrift-store leather finds for Manson.
"With the influence of streetwear, which is about ease, there are so many different ways you can wear leather," says Cota.
Cota, too, likes the idea of leather taking on a tenacious character. His latest collection, for fall 2014, interprets streetwear for a future Ice Age, he says, featuring protective shapes like high-necked coats and caped jackets.
In fact, Cota believes we're in a moment where nearly anything leather goes. "A lot of designers are embracing leather because of where musicians are willing to take it," says Cota. "There's a real synergy right now."
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This season, designer Jonny Cota took an unlikely urban-youth turn for the creation of his Skingraft collection. "I kept being inspired by the idea of Japanese Gothic hip-hop. What would that look like? Cota said.
The collection took inspiration from hooded storytellers ranging from Buddhist monks to hip-hop lyricists finding a balance between the new age and the past. "I was listening to a lot of contemporary rap and pop music that I don't usually have on rotation," he said. "It was fun and it was enjoyable, and I thought this collection is going to reflect that," he explained.
Skingraft has always had a hooded-druid feeling, but Cota took more of a lighthearted approach this time, adding streetwear inspiration to the mix.
For the runway presentation at Style Fashion Week LA on March 14, models wore bandanas and walked the runway wearing hooded jackets on their heads to reflect the urban aesthetic. The palette was made up of the brand's signature black and muted brown and gray, and silhouettes were taken from hip-hop kids on the street. Big, oversize hoodies and belted leather jackets were layered with baggy shorts, leggings and sneakers, styled through the Skingraft filter.
Cota added plenty of understated basics to complement the collection, such as thin Modal shirts and tank tops and cotton pants to help balance out the structured leather garments. He also continued to move in a luxe direction, incorporating high-end fabrics, including the brand's signature leather, silk and sequins. Woven dresses had leather panels, a knitted wool cardigan had leather sleeves, and shearling collars were applied to leather jackets. Details were subtly dramatic, such as the goat hair that trimmed gloves-each shaped by hand-and leather-covered studs that created a monochromatic texture on a biker jacket.
This season, Cota brought back some of the brand's former Victorian inspiration, incorporating corsetry details in updated shapes such as a python jacket with a lace-up back. For the finale, Cota paired a Mongolian lamb-trimmed jacket with an avant-garde pleated silk skirt evoking images of a monk trekking through the snowy Himalayas.
The Fall presentation marked the return of Skingraft to the runway after a short hiatus and a welcome opportunity to present the collection as a unified vision. "I was so torn about doing another L.A. runway show," Cota said.
"Jonny Cota said his fall Skingraft collection was inspired by "hooded storytellers, from Buddhist monks to hip-hop artists. Leather and knit combo hoodies and leggings were a sophisticated take on athletic wear, while the rest of the lineup featured his signature sharply tailored leather jackets and sinuous jersey tops. He went beyond his usual black by adding dark brown and dove gray to the palette, which added a polished dimension to a square-shouldered jacket paired with an intricately tiered floor-length bias cut chiffon skirt."
The second show Wednesday evening at Style Fashion Week was Skingraft designed by Jonny Cota.
Cota who says the collection was inspired by "hip hop fusion with buddhist monks.
When I asked Cota what designers he was inspired by, he responded, "I love the really freaky people that step outside the box. Like Margiela and Thierry Mugler and people who really play with construction and don't really play by the rules. Judging by the enthusiastic applause at the close of the show, I'd say Cota just described his own collection pretty perfectly.
Jonny Cota in Elle Italia
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