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Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony is a US-based multi-label retail store and brand founded by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim in 2002. It originated when the founders went on a trip to Hong Kong, 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. The first location opened in New York City’s SoHo district in August 2002. Since its founding, Opening Ceremony has opened outposts in Tokyo, Los Angeles and London. The store stocks both homegrown and international designers, with the retail store eventually developing into a haven for fashion-forward Americans, with Leon and Lim curating many items that were previously unavailable in the United States. Leon and Lim are credited with introducing Topshop and Acne to Americans through Opening Ceremony. Every year, OC showcases the spirit and merchandise of a different country, transforming each store into an exotic marketplace.

Vans Sets up Shop Within Opening Ceremony's NYC Flagship Store
Opening Ceremony and Vans Vault Unveil OG Slip-On LX "Qi Pao" Pack
Opening Ceremony Launches T-Shirt Shop With All the Designs You Can Imagine
Opening Ceremony & Vans Vault Caught the Easter Spirit With Special Pack
Opening Ceremony 2016 Spring/Summer Collection
Opening Ceremony Unveils Another Kodak Range
Opening Ceremony Launches a China-Centric Year of Collections
Opening Ceremony x Vans Get Warm and Cozy Together


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


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


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


Collaboration with Chloë Savigny launches


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


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


The store reaches a million dollars in retail sales


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
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