Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim Are the New Arbiters — and Ambassadors — of Fashion

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of New York

This week's issue of New York magazine poses the question "Who runs New York?" Lots of people, as it turns out. From "demon blogger" Nick Denton and art star Terence Koh to socialite/heiress Lauren Santo Domingo and the Times's Jill Abramson, the pillars of modern-day New York are as varied as they are influential. When it comes to fashion though, perhaps no one is as powerful as Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the co-owners of Opening Ceremony. In "Downtown For Sale," author Jada Yuan digs into how the duo got where they are today — with a boutique at 35 Howard Street, a 10,000-square-foot "mini-mall" in Los Angeles, an eight-story department store in Tokyo, a gift shop at Barneys, an Internet business, a wholesale showroom for young designers, and, of course, a blog to follow the entire Zeitgeist-y thing. [NYM]