Opening Ceremony's Seal of Approval on Social Entrepreneur Rosario Dawson & Studio189

Opening Ceremony, recognized as the trumpeter of eccentric styles from emerging brands, has taken favor to Rosario Dawson's brand Studio 189. The latest in a long line of ethically sourced fashion from Africa, the collection connects the dots between the on-trend designer silhouettes pulsating from New York and traditional textiles and patterns that are identifiably African. The on point nature and wearability of the brand's newest collection is a reflection of its growth and understanding of the market. Dawson, while not a designer herself, has partnered with Abrima Erwaih to build their site's ability to continue to expand opportunities for socially conscious designers in Africa. As the market continues to grow, so too do better and better designs from a continent rarely seen as a fashion force. The collectives the products are developed in are located all over Africa. Their mission is to make fashion rise in style and responsibility. 

Their sophomore collection is now available online at Opening Ceremony and other retailers.

Jesse Ayala

New York, New York, USA

Developing social good and value-adding products, Ayala seeks to enhance culture and behavior through experiences that address both macro- and micro-level problems. This mantra has led Ayala down an non-traditional career path, linking fashion, technology, performance art, media, education, community building, and design. Ayala has been honored by the Huffington Post and InStyle magazine for innovation and style in the digital new economy. Ayala is the co-founder and Creative Director of