Opening Ceremony

OPENING CEREMONY

OC

 

"...in addition to stocking both iconic and emerging homegrown designers, every year OC showcases the spirit and merchandise of a visiting country, transforming each store into a marketplace for exotic souvenirs and international talent..."

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Opening Ceremony SS2013 women collectionIOpening Ceremony was founded in 2002 by two friends from UC Berkeley, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, as a place to share their passions for travel, art, and fashion. Inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, the two decided to leave their jobs in corporate fashion to realize their unique dream. What began as a single store on a quiet street in downtown New York is now a global community with outposts in New York, London, and Los Angeles, a department store in Tokyo, a wholesale showroom, an in-house clothing line, a blog, an e-commerce site, a TV channel, and an annual magazine. Taking its name and mission statement from the modern Olympic Games, founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Opening Ceremony adopts a multinational approach to retail. In addition to stocking both iconic and emerging homegrown designers, every year OC showcases the spirit and merchandise of a visiting country, transforming each store into a marketplace for exotic souvenirs and international talent.

Today, OC continues to grow according to its founding principles of exploration and friendship, working with a family of contributors to forge a creative environment that reaches far beyond the fashion world. Over the years, Opening Ceremony has collaborated with brands including Rodarte, Topshop, Pendleton, and Maison Martin Margiela, and has become known for its projects with creatives like Spike Jonze, Terence Koh, and Chloë Sevigny. In 2011, Carol and Humberto embarked on a new journey as the creative directors of Kenzo, taking the storied French fashion house into a colorful new chapter.

Opening Ceremony Worldwide provides a space for OC’s global community to shop, meet, and share everything from mixtapes to travel tips. Founded in 2009, the website reflects the store’s all-encompassing approach to retail, providing a multimedia e-commerce and content experience comprised of an online store, a blog, a TV channel, city guides, and experimental editorials photographed by OC’s extended creative community. The Opening Ceremony blog taps into a network of contributors, fans, and collaborators. The editorial team has published interviews with figures including Terence Koh, Anna Wintour, and M.I.A., while creatives like Andrew Kuo and Ryan McGinley have shared their own travelogues and photographs. OC’s friends-and-family mindset also applies to our online store, where familiar faces from the OC community model the same pieces you would find on a trip to a brick-and-mortar Opening Ceremony store.

Photo & info credits: guyafirenze.com,
www.openingceremony.us
Written by: Cristiana