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When Humberto Leon first met Carol Lim, she was still in her pyjamas. But, after inviting her to a party, she put on some heels and off they went. Fast-forward 20 years and they’re two of the most exciting designers working today. A far cry from their University days, today they spend their time coming up with ideas for their label, Opening Ceremony – the small downtown boutique turned global beacon of cool, which they set up in 2002. It is this effortless cool, Japanese school-girl meets Candyland, but a lot more street, aesthetic, that the pair have brought to the French fashion house Kenzo, since they were made Creative Directors in 2011, setting the jungle on fire in theatrical concept shows and instant-hit high-energy collections.


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