Opening Ceremony opened its Los Angeles store in April 2007, on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. Located in Charlie Chaplin’s former dance studio, the sprawling two-floor space was designed to echo the Southern California mall culture of Carol and Humberto’s teenage years. The store represented both a new chapter and a homecoming for OC, and continues to give off the laid-back vibes of its founders’ home state.
Downstairs, OCLA’s expansive shop floor stocks a full selection of Opening Ceremony brands. Upstairs, Carol and Humberto’s mini-mall concept is played out with a series of designer shop-in-shops. Brands including Acne, Mayle, Topshop, Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, and D.A.P. have occupied individual shop spaces designed to showcase each brand’s aesthetic. Also unique to OCLA is the Little House of Accessories. The cute clapboard cabin houses shoes, bags, baubles, and a special collection of estate jewelry curated by Carrie Imberman of New York’s legendary Kentshire boutiques. OCLA is also an outpost of broader OC culture on the West Coast. The store has hosted an inflatable art installation by Spike Jonze—filmed by Gia Coppola—a Moroccan bazaar, Fashion’s Night Out, and countless barbecues.