Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony is a brand and US-based multi-label retail store; founded by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim in 2002. Opening Ceremony originated when the founders went travelling, which served to inspire the duo to create a space to share their findings from their travels, passion for art and fashion. The name is inspired by the the modern Olympics, paying homage to the brand’s aim of curating pieces from all around the world. OC has become known for its plethora of collaborations with Vans, COMMES des GARCONS, adidas and Maison Martin Margiela etc.

Founded 2002
Industries Contemporary
Headquarter New York, NY, United States
Opening Ceremony x Vans Release the "Satin Floral" Pack
Footwear

Opening Ceremony x Vans Release the "Satin Floral" Pack

Exclusive revamps of the OG Era LX and Style 93 available now.

Opening Ceremony Rejoins Vans for Chinese Porcelain Patterned Slip-Ons
Footwear

Opening Ceremony Rejoins Vans for Chinese Porcelain Patterned Slip-Ons

The Toile pack is set to hit stores soon.

Opening Ceremony Resurrects Garbage Pail Kids for Capsule Collaboration
Fashion

Opening Ceremony Resurrects Garbage Pail Kids for Capsule Collaboration

A limited edition drop showcasing the grotesque sticker designs.

10 Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week
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10 Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week

The Supreme pinball machine is here.

Opening Ceremony & Kishin Shinoyama Debut Photographic Capsule Collaboration
Fashion

Opening Ceremony & Kishin Shinoyama Debut Photographic Capsule Collaboration

Imagery from Shinoyama’s ‘nudé’ book is emblazoned across tees, bags and hoodies.

Opening Ceremony and Vans Team up For "Good Luck" Pack
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Opening Ceremony and Vans Team up For "Good Luck" Pack

The Slip-On LX is filled with prosperity.

Opening Ceremony & Rains Provide Cold Weather Essentials For Fifth Collaboration
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Opening Ceremony & Rains Provide Cold Weather Essentials For Fifth Collaboration

The pairing’s annual collection series continues.

Opening Ceremony Dresses the Vans Era LX in Corduroy
Footwear

Opening Ceremony Dresses the Vans Era LX in Corduroy

“Blue Surf” or “Powder Pink”?

Dickies 1922 & Opening Ceremony Reference Heritage Workwear for Spring 2018 Collection
Fashion

Dickies 1922 & Opening Ceremony Reference Heritage Workwear for Spring 2018 Collection

A collaboration that merges old and new styles.

Disney & Opening Ceremony Launch "Mickey the True Original" Collection
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Disney & Opening Ceremony Launch "Mickey the True Original" Collection

Commemorating the icon’s 90th birthday.
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2016

Vans opens pop-up shop in the NYC flagship location of Opening Ceremony, entitled “Club USA”

2011

Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are appointed creative directors of Kenzo

2010

The original Howard Street location expands to include the second and third floors of the building next door, 33 Howard

2008

Collaboration with Chloë Savigny launches

2007

Opening Ceremony launches an LA location in Charlie Chaplin's former dance studio

2005

United Kingdom is chosen as the store’s country of the year; Opening Ceremony becomes the first store to carry Topshop outside of England

2004

The store reaches a million dollars in retail sales

2002

Opening Ceremony debuts its first store on Howard Street; their first big hit is a brand of flip-flops called Havaianas
Founded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon after returning from an inspiring trip to Hong Kong