Carol Lim & Humberto Leon Roe Ethridge

Carol Lim & Humberto Leon

Founders & Designers, Opening Ceremony & Kenzo

The retail gurus turned designers founded concept store Opening Ceremony and have modernised Kenzo with bold prints and easy shapes.

United States Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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The retail gurus turned designers founded concept store Opening Ceremony and have modernised Kenzo with bold prints and easy shapes.

Carol Lim & Humberto Leon's live mosaic

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Biography

Downtown New York fashion retail savants-turned-designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are known for their irreverent, playful, and undeniably cool take on fashion, as founders of trendsetting boutique Opening Ceremony and, since 2011, creative directors at Parisian label Kenzo, owned by LVMH. Confidants and close friends ever since they met as students at the University of California, Berkeley, the California suburbanites spent a decade in “corporate” jobs – Leon as a design director at The Gap and then Burberry, and Lim as a management consultant.

Drawn together by a mutual love of clothing and travel, and inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, the two launched Opening Ceremony in 2002, a multi-brand boutique in New York, now with offshoots in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. Named after the Olympics tradition that symbolises a coming together of cultures, the store introduced a rotating collaboration roster of multi-national brands that ‘visit’ the stores each year. The duo also reinvigorated and revived interest in the trends and fashion that defined their youth with co-branded apparel from brands like Pendleton, Levi’s, and Timberland. At the same time, they were first to introduce Americans to brands like Acne and Topshop and began producing a quirky self-branded collection to fill the gap for basic staples.

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