THE OPENING CEREMONY EXPERIENCE

Opening Ceremony is a portal to discovery, innovation, and inspiration. It celebrates uniqueness in fashion and culture, and creates a dialogue within the global community. The founders, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, decided to open the store in 2002 after a trip to Hong Kong inspired them to create an experience that brought a sense of adventure, discovery, and fun back to shopping. Their concept for Opening Ceremony was to travel to a new country each year and bring back the best of its fashion and culture. “We’ve gone from eating dumplings and helping only one customer in a whole day at our Howard Street store to creating our own world that is a launching pad for emerging fashion brands and culture in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and beyond.“

When we founded Opening Ceremony, we were inspired by the Olympics and its ability to foster cultural exchange.

Carol Lim + Humberto Leon

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2016

Featured Country: China

Opening Ceremony wins the National Design Award for Fashion Design

2015 Featured Country: China
2014 Featured Country: Russia
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2013

Featured Country: Belgium

OC holds its first New York Fashion Week show to debut the Spring/Summer '14 collection, complete with a fleet of race cars.

2012 Featured Country: Korea
2011 Featured Country: Argentina
OC takes Japan! We open an eight-floor, mega department store in Tokyo.
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2010

Featured Country: France

OC OPENS A SECOND NEW YORK LOCATION AT THE ACE HOTEL. CAROL AND HUMBERTO WERE ONLY TOO HAPPY CREATE THEIR IDEAL HOTEL LOBBY SHOP.

2009 Year of Collaborations
Featuring OC x Where the Wild Things Are - A collaboration with director and OC friend Spike Jonze. From Howard Street to the world wide web-Opening Ceremony brings our global community online with e-commerce.
2008 Featured Country: Japan
We celebrated the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony with a 72-hour store extravaganza! Opening Ceremony also teamed up with longtime friend Chloe Sevigny for her own capsule collection.
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2007

Featured Country: USA

Opening Ceremony heads out west, opening a store in Carol and Humberto's hometown of Los Angeles! Designers from each coast went head to head. Also this year, Alexander Wang went from visiting the New York store between classes at Parsons to being a treasured designer within the OC family.

2006 Featured Country: Sweden
Opening Ceremony and Sweden's Acne Studios have long had a close bond Opening Ceremony opened the first stateside Acne store on Greene Street.
2005 Featured Country: United Kingdom
Opening Ceremony was the first American store to carry cult British high street brand Topshop.
2004 Featured Country: Germany
OC x Nike Souvenir - We joined forces with Nike to produce Souvenir, a collection for which we paired designers and artists to reimagine Nike products.
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2003

Featured Country: Brazil

OC became the first store to carry Havaianas, bringing their signature flip flops to the streets of New York.

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2002

Featured Country: Hong Kong

Opening Ceremony’s eponymous collection was launched with the store, capturing the youthful, fun, and forward-thinking aesthetic that defined the brand.

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