We love it when two fashion entities seemingly from opposite sides of the tracks join forces for a rather ironically cool juxtaposition. There are many examples of this, the first being luxury design houses doing exclusive, one-time-only collections with mass discount retailers such as Zac Posen and Target (one of the originals, and best), or Stella McCartney and Adidas, and even MAC Cosmetics and The Simpsons (perhaps not too off-kilter when you really think about that one). But a favorite fashion collaboration of ours happened more than two years ago and must have flown undeservingly under the radar because we are just now discovering this union--after it's a tad too late to get a piece of the action, sadly.
Since the concept was founded by two industry friends in 2002, Opening Ceremony has been specializing in a multinational approach to fashion by stocking both iconic and emerging homegrown designers in their New York City flagship, Los Angeles and Tokyo stores. OC prides itself on exploring unique friendships by regularly working with a family of contributors for the ultimate creative environment that extends far beyond the fashion world into art and travel and all of those things built around inspiring, curious minds. Over the years, OC has collaborated with well known high-end designer labels from Rodarte to Maison Martin Margiela and retailers like the UK's Topshop, as well as more obscure artists like Spike Jonze and Terence Koh. One of these thought-provoking, rare collabs with Opening Ceremony happened in 2012 with über preppy, epitome of Nantucket-style Harding-Lane, The Original Needlepoint Hat.
Harding-Lane was launched in 2009 by a brother-sister duo hailing from the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, after college and years spent in Brooklyn and NYC. This adorable family business operates within economically responsible and kind terms (hence why we are fans), and fully designs every hat locally before manufacturing and producing through their facilities overseas, meeting all fair labor and social accountability standards during the entire process. What makes this past collab with OC so rare and cool is the juxtaposition of Nantucket-esque worn denim, and faded rugby red colored ball caps featuring embroidered alien heads and emojis in place of the hat brand's sailboat, lobster and trout. An unlikely duo of sorts, but one that also ironically makes sense. Just when fashion becomes redundant or boring, too repetitive or uninspired, opposites attract and shopping becomes fun and exciting again. We can't wait to see what crazy collaborations hit the market next.
Nostalgic for cool collabs: Opening Ceremony Exclusive: Cape Cod Cyber Caps by Harding-Lane for OC (2012; no longer avail)