Please join us on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to celebrate Apex for Youth’s 26th Anniversary Inspiration Awards Gala.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Cipriani Wall Street
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Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are the co-owners of Opening Ceremony, a retail destination and clothing brand they founded in 2002, and have been the co-creative directors of French fashion house KENZO since 2011.
Inspired by their world travels together, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon left their jobs in the corporate fashion sector to start their own company, Opening Ceremony, in 2002. Opening Ceremony (OC) has grown from its first NYC store into a global brand and is renowned for scouting emerging fashion talent from around the world and supporting them alongside well-established designers.
According to its founding principles of exploration and friendship, OC has collaborated with brands and creatives including Google, Intel, Coach, Spike Jonze, Yoko Ono, Terence Koh, Chloë Sevigny and Whoopi Goldberg. The OC collection is worn by notables such as Drake, Cate Blanchett, Justin Bieber and members of the Obama family.
OC was elected by Fast Company as one of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” in 2011, and has received the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design. In July 2011, French luxury group LVMH appointed Leon and Lim as co-creative directors of KENZO, a storied Parisian fashion house founded in 1969 by Kenzo Takada.
Leon and Lim are advisors to the Parsons School for Design, judges for the LVMH Fashion Fund, as well as members of the selection jury for the ANDAM fashion award, distributed annually in Paris.
The first child of Chinese immigrants living in Columbus, Ohio, John C Jay has been called a living legend and a creative mastermind. He has changed how brands immerse themselves in the culture of their communities, and his work has influenced design standards for a generation.
His first break came in 1980 in the menswear and home-furnishing departments of Bloomingdale’s in New York, which he landed despite having no experience in retail, fashion, advertising or marketing. He won them over with his passion, and during his 12 years there he climbed to executive vice president, director of marketing and creative services.
In 1993 he joined Wieden+Kennedy, the iconic ad agency, where he became Global Creative Director, led game-changing campaigns for Nike and established satellite offices in Tokyo, Shanghai and Delhi. John is now President of Global Creative at Fast Retailing, which owns Uniqlo, Theory, Helmut Lang among others.
John has been inducted into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame, was included in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in 2011, and has spoken extensively about creativity. He has also been selected in the 50 Most Influential Art Directors of the Past 50 Years by the readers of Graphic Design USA, and is the founder of the Jay Scholarship Fund at Ohio State University to encourage students of Asian descent to pursue careers in the arts.
Public School NYC & Black Apple
Time Inc. Books
Chief Marketing Officer
South China Morning Post
Senior Vice President
Celebrity Stylist & Author
CEO & Co-founder
3.1 Phillip Lim
Eric T. Lee & Cindy Chua
The Sriratana Family
Irene & Alexander Chu
Coalition of Asian-American IPA, Inc.
Columbus Hill Capital Management, L.P.
Thomas S. Chin
Toni & Patrice McNicoll
3.1 Phillip Lim
Blaise Chow & Kristin Quitoni
Chris Chao & Justin Walsh
First American International Bank
Grace & Jerry Pi
Ken Lee & Tzo Ai and Ricky & Kathy Wong
KIMOY Studios Architecture DPC
Ling & Gilbert Liu
Melissa & Alec Gunn
Michael & Michelle Cho
Michelle Choo & Alexander Popov
Patrick Yee & Jessica Hendricks Yee
Rany Ng, Edward & Joyce Wu
Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
Sunny Kim & Christopher Moyer