Opening 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 Opening Ceremony 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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About Hannah Nicholas

I studied Fashion and Business at LCF and Brighton University, cultivating my desire for drawing, painting and designing. My work is inspired by my imagination as well as by reality, responding to my emotions through visual recordings. I’m half Irish, half Egyptian born and bred in London this diverse upbringing has been my main inspiration for a lot of my designs. To date I have worked with a variety of companies from Jenny Packham, Motel, All Saints to Donna Karen Atelier in New York. I love finding out about talented and emerging artists and musicians, I look forward to sharing and supporting their work through the ‘Born in Britain’ campaign. 

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