Staying in with: Fashion Designer Jonny Cota

The Skingraft designer and ”Making the Cut” competitor shares what he’s reading, watching, and listening to right now

For our Staying in with… series, we ask interesting people what they’re watching, reading, and listening to while we all stay at home. In this edition: Jonny Cota. Find more in our Inside Guide

Fashion designer Jonny Cota has been on L.A.’s style scene for nearly 15 years, opening his first store in DTLA in 2005. Now the ex-DJ helms his own edgy streetwear label, SKINGRAFT, seen on celebs like A$AP Rocky and Beyoncé.

Starting March 27, he’ll be streaming into your home as a contestant on Amazon’s hotly anticipated new show Making the Cuthosted by Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. The series ups the ante of your typical design competition show by making winning looks instantly shoppable, so you can be the hippest person on the Zoom conference.

Jonny Cota is Staying in with…

TV Series: Tiger King

I’m absolutely obsessed with the new Tiger King series on Netflix. Watching an over-the-top eccentric gay animal lover build his private DIY zoo empire in Oklahoma has got to be the most unexpected delights of 2020. His team of colorful misfits at the park, his harem of tattooed husbands, and the jaw dropping, big-cat loving world around him makes for epic television. The series’ lead, Joe Exotic, is definitely on my style mood board for next season. 

Podcast: Dolly Parton’s America

If over eight hours of awe-inspiring content based on Dolly Parton’s music and life does not excite you during these long days locked indoors, then you are not invited to my table. I started this podcast just to pass some time, and within a few episodes, I’m transported to an old-time beautiful version of America with all its hopes and dreams and trials and tribulations worn proudly on its sleeve. Dolly Parton’s America is a family-style dinner table where strangers become neighbors and skin color, religion, sexuality, and political backgrounds are all checked at the door.

Book: The Diamond Cutter by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally

An ordained Buddhist monk dives deep into a long career in the hectic diamond industry and gives practical advise on how to apply Buddhist principles to modern-day business strategy. My main takeaway (and an excellent lesson during these times) is to be generous and giving and good karma and fortune will return to you. Especially when your business is struggling and needing assistance, these are the most important times to be generous and help the people around you. 

Music: All things Doja Cat!

When you’re locked in your house all day but still need to groove, I’m all about Doja Cat. I listen to her music during my backyard workouts or whenever I just need to shake off all the stress from the day. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the daunting news about this global pandemic, stop, drop, flip on some Doja Cat, and shake it out. Promise.  

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