Spike Jonze and Carol and Humberto’s moms joined us in the lobby for a special Opening Ceremony Q&A yesterday at Ace New York. Humberto and Carol answered the inquiries of fashion and design students with stories about building what has become an indisputable icon in the fashion world by sharing what they discover and feeding their friendships all over the globe with enthusiasm and fierce love — “Our store is here for people to discover things, and we never want to lose that.”




The evening gave way to a bacchanalia of K-Pop makeovers, draconian up-do’s, 42Below Vodka-induced karaoke and delicious Korean desserts and street food, as well as a book signing for OC’s commemorative ten year anniversary tome.





Keep an eye out here as our Fashion Week adventures continue to unfold.

Spike Jonze and Carol and Humberto’s moms joined us in the lobby for a special Opening Ceremony Q&A yesterday at Ace New York. Humberto and Carol answered the inquiries of fashion and design students with stories about building what has become an indisputable icon in the fashion world by sharing what they discover and feeding their friendships all over the globe with enthusiasm and fierce love — “Our store is here for people to discover things, and we never want to lose that.”

The evening gave way to a bacchanalia of K-Pop makeovers, draconian up-do’s, 42Below Vodka-induced karaoke and delicious Korean desserts and street food, as well as a book signing for OC’s commemorative ten year anniversary tome.

Keep an eye out here as our Fashion Week adventures continue to unfold.


Today at a Q&A for fashion and design students with Opening Ceremony founders Carol and Humberto and filmmaker Spike Jonze in the Ace New York lobby, we learned that Carol and Humberto first forged their lifelong friendship on their way to a Weird Al Yankovich concert — that is, Carol caved after a strong campaign from Humberto convinced her it would be great. For ten years, they’ve been doing the same for us — finding cool shit, loving it hard and sharing it with the world, no matter how weird or off-beat it may at first appear (and remain). They are both human fountains of joy and openness and being their friend and neighbor is beyond inspiring.

We’re very honored to host the Opening Ceremony team again tonight in the lobby for Fashion’s Night Out in honor of a full decade of effervescent brilliance and beauty from Carol, Humberto and their best friends, as they sign their new book and oversee a few hours of K-Pop-inspired chaos including makeovers, karaoke hosted by Solange Knowles and high concept manicures to celebrate their new country of the year. See you tonight.


There may have been a funner party in the history of fashion week but we’ve never heard of it. Feast your eyes upon the revelers that filled the Ace Hotel New York lobby during Opening Ceremony’s French-inspired flea market for Fashion’s Night Out. Bullhorns and balloons were the least of it. We had a ton of fun with good friends, amazing fashion, and some our favorite style icons, including Chloë Sevigny, Solange Knowles, Lazaro Hernandez, Jack McCollough, Rinko Kikuchi, Spike Jonze, and Humberto and Carol of OC. Stay tuned this week for more pictures, recaps, and moments from OC at Ace, colette, and No. 8a.


INTERVIEW : HUMBERTO LEON AND CAROL LIM OF OPENING CEREMONY
As we mentioned, and you probably already know, Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel New York (who just had a nice article in the New York Times yesterday) will be staging a French flea market with their friends, collaborators, and favorite designers in the lobby during Fashion’s Night Out, September 10th. We were able to have a quick chat with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, currently hailing from Tokyo (and pictured above in Ace-exclusive berets), about the open air market to end all open air markets (except it’s in our lobby).
Hi, Carol and Humberto. We’re excited about OC’s French flea market at Ace New York. Ace and Opening Ceremony have some things in common, among them our love of collaboration. This seems like the perfect showcase for all the fun work you do with friends. What inspired you? Because this year’s country collaboration at Opening Ceremony is USA v. France, we wanted to incorporate a French theme in our Fashion’s Night Out concept. What better way to feature our French collaborations and designers than at a flea market, styled after the famous Parisian market Les Puces de Saint-Ouen? At a traditional bazaar, you can find a miscellany of interesting and often one-of-a-kind items at great bargains. We want to offer the same to those attending our Fashion’s Night Out event.  What are some of the things you’re most excited to see?Our flea market will feature some of the most creative individuals in the fashion industry, so we’re looking forward to see how they decorate their booths. Several designers will also be offering one-of-a-kind items for sale, whether runway pieces that are not in production or vintage pieces from their archives, so we’re very excited to see what will be offered.Are you volunteering to man any booths?You’ll find us working at one booth or another throughout the night — and you’ll definitely see us at Opening Ceremony’s own booth!Will you be wearing berets? We may. Regardless, you can be sure we will take advantage of this year’s French theme. C’est la mode!

INTERVIEW : HUMBERTO LEON AND CAROL LIM OF OPENING CEREMONY

As we mentioned, and you probably already know, Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel New York (who just had a nice article in the New York Times yesterday) will be staging a French flea market with their friends, collaborators, and favorite designers in the lobby during Fashion’s Night Out, September 10th. We were able to have a quick chat with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, currently hailing from Tokyo (and pictured above in Ace-exclusive berets), about the open air market to end all open air markets (except it’s in our lobby).

Hi, Carol and Humberto. We’re excited about OC’s French flea market at Ace New York. Ace and Opening Ceremony have some things in common, among them our love of collaboration. This seems like the perfect showcase for all the fun work you do with friends. What inspired you?
 
Because this year’s country collaboration at Opening Ceremony is USA v. France, we wanted to incorporate a French theme in our Fashion’s Night Out concept. What better way to feature our French collaborations and designers than at a flea market, styled after the famous Parisian market Les Puces de Saint-Ouen? At a traditional bazaar, you can find a miscellany of interesting and often one-of-a-kind items at great bargains. We want to offer the same to those attending our Fashion’s Night Out event.
 
What are some of the things you’re most excited to see?

Our flea market will feature some of the most creative individuals in the fashion industry, so we’re looking forward to see how they decorate their booths. Several designers will also be offering one-of-a-kind items for sale, whether runway pieces that are not in production or vintage pieces from their archives, so we’re very excited to see what will be offered.

Are you volunteering to man any booths?

You’ll find us working at one booth or another throughout the night — and you’ll definitely see us at Opening Ceremony’s own booth!

Will you be wearing berets?
 
We may. Regardless, you can be sure we will take advantage of this year’s French theme. C’est la mode!


"We were just two people that wanted to leave their jobs and be lazy and not work and just create this party house for us."

Spike Jonze sat down with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the makers and shakers of Opening Ceremony, for Vice Magazine online. They spoke in perfect unison about the history of OC, their wildest dreams, and their new store at Ace Hotel New York.


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