Opening Ceremony Delivers Two Elevated Reinterpretations of the Brand’s Timeless Moniker this February

Since 2014, Vans and Opening Ceremony have forged a partnership rooted in

celebrating creative expression and collaboration. This February, Vans and Opening

Ceremony reunite to debut the first global collection of footwear, apparel and accessories

released by the two iconic brands. Launching on February 19, the extensive collection will

be made available on, Vans retail locations and at select wholesale partners worldwide. 

Established in 2002, Opening Ceremony emerged as a creative, multi-brand retailer

motivated by principles of exploration and friendship, and has since celebrated

many unique and diverse perspectives of people and countries around the world.

Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, both of whom are

renowned designers in their own right, have amplified voices and pushed

boundaries that often reach far beyond the fashion world. At the forefront of

fashion for decades, Carol and Humberto continue to

celebrate their longstanding partnership with Vans, this time on a global scale. 

"Vans has been a long-time creative partner of ours, and we're so excited to

collaborate on their iconic print this season,” says Opening Ceremony Creative

Director Humberto Leon. “For this new capsule collection, Carol and I are

inspired to reinvent the checkerboard, taking a new graphic approach to Vans' classic pattern."

Inspired by Vans’ iconic checkerboard print, Opening Ceremony founders reinvent

the pattern with abstract snake and leopard patterns across apparel and footwear. Using Vans’ original

deck shoe, the Authentic as their canvas, Opening Ceremony have created an all-over

repeat pattern that highlights the positive and negative space – finding harmony between the motifs

of the snake and leopard across the uppers and sole of each shoe. 

The repeat leopard pattern is featured on an assortment of apparel, including a track suit-inspired

jacket that includes a front zipper closure, toggle fasteners and a hidden hood. The Vans x OC leopard

pant boasts a relaxed fit with welt pockets and a zipper flap. The leopard assortment is complemented by

a leopard printed tote that is filled with soft padding, emblazoned with a novelty rubber Vans x OC patch.

A second delivery of footwear takes an elevated approach using monochromatic uppers in orchid and

baja blue. The Authentic QLT brings two of-the-moment colorways to Vans’ maiden silhouette, with an all-over color,

quilted vamp and lateral stitching. Each shoe is finished with an

Opening Ceremony woven patch on the heel.

The Vans x Opening Ceremony collection will be available worldwide at, Vans retail locations and at select

wholesale partners on February 19. For more information, please visit



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