Hennessy, Opening Ceremony announce ‘East Meets West’ collaboration

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, announced the first-ever collaboration with fashion house ‘Opening Ceremony’ to celebrate an encounter of two cultures – “East Meets West” with an X.O-inspired limited-edition collector’s piece.

Available at openingceremony.com, the Hennessy X.O “East Meets West” travel bag by Opening Ceremony is inspired by co-founders’ Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s heritage and world travel, with an aesthetic that blends tradition and heritage with modern elements.

The kit is available for purchase from December 10 onwards.

Available for purchase starting December 10, the cocktail kit (USD 204) comes with a step-by-step guide and ingredients including a 750ml bottle of Hennessy X.O to make 12 inspired cocktails.

Inspired by Lim and Leon’s travels to Hong Kong and beyond, Hennessy’s X.O cocktail is the ultimate expression of “East Meets West”: traditional Chinese tea meets the modernity of Western mixology with a custom ice mould, offering a contemporary and exciting way to enjoy X.O as part of holiday celebrations with family and friends.

“The collaboration with Hennessy was born from a shared passion for bringing together and celebrating different cultures. For this design, we wanted to explore and honour our heritage by drawing inspiration from family traditions, our world travels, and the blending of our Eastern and Western backgrounds,” said Opening Ceremony co-founder, Humberto Leon.

Hennessy X.O is the world’s original X.O Cognac that established the category back in 1870. The blending of East and West has played an important role in the brand’s long-standing legacy and cultural heritage for almost as long. The first shipment arrived in China in 1872, making it one of the first global markets to embrace X.O, where the refined golden-hued blend was dubbed the “Golden Elixir.”

Initially inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, Opening Ceremony was founded as a place to share a love for exploration with an ethos that has long-championed the encounter of different cultures. “We created Opening Ceremony as a place to share discoveries from our world travels, and fittingly, our name was inspired by the modern games that bring together cultures from across the globe,” said Opening Ceremony co-founder, Carol Lim.

The shared passion inspired the creation of Hennessy’s X.O East Meets West, a new cocktail exclusively available through premiere cocktail delivery service, Cocktail Courier. In a nod to Lim and Leon’s Hong Kong travels, the signature recipe marks the ultimate expression of “East Meets West”: traditional Chinese tea service meets the modernity of Western mixology with a custom ice mould, offering a contemporary way to enjoy the bold, rich flavours of X.O this holiday season.

In 2018, the Maison Hennessy celebrates over two and half centuries of an exceptional adventure that has linked two families, the Hennessys and the Fillioux, for seven generations and spanned five continents.

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