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Candyland meets Disney World, but for big (and ridiculously cool) kids, Opening Ceremony has earned its place in the pantheon of cool. Founded in 2002, by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (they met one night in college, while Carol was in her pyjamas), the brand – which takes its name from the Olympic Games - started out as a single store, on a quiet street, in downtown New York. Fast-forward a decade and, today, Opening Ceremony is recognised as one of the baddest brands around, with outposts in New York, Hong Kong, London and LA, a TV channel, and an even cooler magazine. Due to their shared love of art, fashion, and travel, Humberto and Carol have made each store a haven of exotic souvenirs and quirky treats. As well as their own eponymous label, Opening Ceremony stocks a host of international talent and has collaborated with numerous creatives, including Spike Jonze, Terence Koh, and Chloë Sevigny. Most recently, they launched a range of tropical print bikinis and neon pink balaclavas in celebration of Harmony Korine’s cult movie Spring Breakers.

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