Collaborated With: Nike, adidas Originals, Vans
What They're Known For: Quirky fashion that downtown cool girls and guys love, but also has a worldly appeal.
Founded in New York City by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Opening Ceremony began as a store with a simple concept: Pitting independent NY designers against their global counterparts. It makes sense then, why Nike would pick them for a special pop-up for the 2008 Olympics. The store's rapid rise and success led to a bevy of collaborations with bigger companies like Timberland, and the in-house line grew to a prominent fashion collection of its own—with fashion shows that featured high-end sports cars or walls of melted chocolate, definitely a spectacle. Their long-running adidas Originals collaboration continues to push their quirky fashion agenda, while Vans collaborations include artsy ideas like Slip-Ons and Authentics printed with images by the artist René Magritte.