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.