What we love…
- It's no secret that we love Opening Ceremony, and even though we've been to just about every location from Tokyo to London, New York is where it all began, and it's always on our list of shops to visit in NYC.
- The New York location is broken up into two shops, one side is dedicated to menswear with the other side (which is 3 storeys) covers womenswear and shoes. The layout of the stores are much like the product inside—totally different from most Manhattan boutiques. Although the merchandise is high-end there's no stuffiness in sight, the store is quirky with exquisite accents and odd props scattered around to create an interesting backdrop for the designer threads.
- Opening Ceremony was originally created in 2002 by two kids from Berkeley who, after a trip to Hong Kong, decided they wanted to team up and flex their fashion muscle. They started by importing some tough to find brands from around the world, and curated them next to Americas best local fashion labels. They managed to create a space that quickly became one of the hippest stores in New York, and today they've grown into several stores in major cities like London, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.
- OC takes a multinational approach with their selection, so you'll always find exciting pieces from emerging designers all over the world. You'll find covet worthy brands like Gerlan Jeans, Walk of Shame, Veronique Branquinho, Tsumori Chisato (one of our favourites!), Acne Studios, and Alexander Wang. Opening Ceremony is always well known for their stellar collaboration collections with popular brands such as Chloë Sevigny, Adidas, and COS—which was on display during our visit.
- Part of the mission at Opening Ceremony is to expose lesser known (but oh-so-worthy) labels to fashion and design lovers, so if that's you, you're likely to find an arm load of stuff you can't live without.