Tuesday, December 21, 2010

McMullen closed for the Holiday

Happy Holidays from McMullen
McMullen will be closed
Saturday, December 25th - Sunday, December 26th
and Saturday, January 1 - Sunday, January 2 in observance of the Holiday season.

We will also be closing at 3pm on December 24 and December 31.
Store hours will resume on January 3 at our new home
1235 Grand Avenue
Piedmont, Ca 94610
We are wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Designer Focus: Tucker by Gaby Basora

Tucker, which is derived from its definition “A piece of cloth draped over the bosom,” is the perfect expression of the collection, where each piece is intended to emphasize the woman wearing it and is not specific to any style or state of mind. Tucker is free-spirited, brave and nostalgic.
The daughter of a skilled knitter, she left Seattle at 15 to finish high school in Paris. Later, she studied writing and literature at Sarah Lawrence College. The designer says she used to enlarge candy wrappers to see how they’d work as a print for a blouse. Her work is consistently inspired by all things visual.

American stylist-turned-designer Gaby Basora launched Tucker in 2005 and rapidly gained international acclaim for her whimsical prints and signature peasant blouse. Expect quirky-cool floral, animal and abstract-prints on this eclectic collection of diaphanous blouses and shirt dresses and printed skirts that have turned into an international design sensation.

“The thing about my pieces is that they are easy to mix up,” said Basora. “Our clients are clever and play with pieces. A lot of my customers wear certain items with the edgier designers"— A great collaboration opportunity with the other great pieces found at McMullen that mix and match to create the best style for you.
Check out these Tucker styles and more at McMullen on Grand Avenue!

(Left) Wood chest print Smock collar blouse-$276 (petite and small remaining)

(Right) Mad Print Pleated Skirt- $460(medium available)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kathy Kamei Trunk Show- Saturday, December 4th at McMullen Grand Avenue!!

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KATHY KAMEI is an artist that creates beautiful and timeless pieces that inspire. The driving idea behind Kathy Kamei's distinctive jewelry designs is a celebration of every woman’s uniqueness. After a courageous trip to Bali with her two daughters, Bay Area artist Kamei was inspired to follow her inner voice and create a line of jewelry that encourages women to break from the group mentality and stand on their own, expressing themselves with a personal style that bespeaks their goals, dreams and motivations.
Saturday, December 4th,

The Kathy Kamei trunk show will be at our Grand Avenue store from 12-4pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Designer Focus: A.L.C's Andrea Lieberman

Andrea Lieberman
Andrea Lieberman has been best known as a celebrity stylist in the fashion and entertainment world over the last decade. She has been noted for her dynamic and natural flare for true style. Andrea has dressed some of the most iconic fashionista's of our time, from Gwen Stefani to Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. This New York native has succeeded in becoming a household name in fashion and reaffirmed her initial passion of design, by the launching of own collection, A.L.C.

This collection is full of "sophisticated must haves". Her designs are known as a line that provides a variety of wearable basics that stay on trend without being trendy. Lieberman explains, "It's about the lady in the dress, the personality in the clothes. Andrea's collections are for the kind of life she leads herself- Cool, stylish, always on the go and suitable for any location. In her own words, inspiring women to, "own clothes they love enough to wear over and over again".
These effortlessly stylish A.L.C pieces have graced the floor of McMullen and we are eager to represent Andrea Lieberman as this month's feature designer.

ALC Hardy Ruched lace mini dress- $414

Available at Grand

Hardy Belted Crepe Dress- $518- sold out
Available at Grand
Shop more of her collection today and embrace these great styles for you at McMullen on Grand.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

McMullen Denim Destination

As the seasons change, we are stepping into all of the best denim styles to add to your wardrobe. With a pleasant array of heavy textured knits, printed tops, tailored coats and capes and glamorous footwear for this season- we have a constant common denominator that always follows suit in successfully pulling each look together- Denim..and denim is always in season!

As denim has maintained a timeless presence in our daily uniform and has successfully worked its ways into corporate culture, we are able to include sophistication and comfort in one. As the famous “jegging” maintains its position among fav's, we are also seeing additional styles that include clean lines, wider legs and lean silhouettes.

Rag & Bone Legging
Rag & Bone denim provides a premier and classic collection that vary in wash and cut in denim and twill styles. McMullen carries a variety of these denim pieces in the legging, skinny, straight and stiletto boot cut styles. This British tailored influenced line, is framed by the constants of high quality fabric, classic construction and perfect fit with a handmade feel.

J Brand: Maria High-Rise skinny leg
The designer described the new aesthetic to Women’s Wear Daily as “the clean look,” seen throughout the season. The denim mogul went on to explain that “the future of denim design, at least a premium level, is a kind of luxury look in denim, using new fibers like Tencel, micro modal and Cupro. It’s not just about cotton anymore.”

The ever so popular J Brand denim is available in the cargo, high, low and mid-rise styles with a variety of leg openings, including skinny, straight, semi-boot and classic boot to fit the sillouette just right for you.

MIH: Marrakesh Mid-rise kick flare

MIH Jeans are the original British denim brand. Using only the highest quality fabrics and paying the utmost attention to detail, MIH jeans not only look good, but last a lifetime. We carry the Paris (mid-rise cropped slim leg), London (mid-rise subtle boot cut and Marrakesh (mid-rise kick flare).

To experience this denim buzz and find exactly which style works best for you, come see our denim selection at our Grand Avenue store.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Designer Focus: Shipley and Halmos

Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos's two-story Shipley & Halmos studio loft at Greene and Canal Streets, in New York City, is a sun-drenched haven from midwinter muck. The natural light is so blinding that you need a moment to adjust before teetering down the stairs and into the thick of the designers' work. Like their men's and women's clothes, the studio is inviting and comfortable with plenty of room to play, and, upon further inspection, full of thoughtful and occasionally cheeky details.

There were no complicated themes or inspiration stories. Instead, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos focused on one basic question: "What's in a woman's closet?" If the designers have their way, it'll be their updates on classic fare, like a five-pocket silk "jean" or a leather and wool varsity jacket. The duo's past collections have had a tendency to be one-note, but here they wisely emphasized a range of versatile options. Sheer Breton shirts, updated "little black dresses", and easy prints looked wearable but had enough flair to pique a girl's interest—it's the sort of approach that some of the most successful young New York designers have been taking. With their latest effort, Shipley and Halmos are aiming to position themselves in that company.

Shipley and Halmos bring their Fall 2010 collection with much ardor and sophisticated air. We are delighted to carry the beautiful collection at both of our locations.

Treanor Shirt Dress - $435
Available at Piedmont Avenue


Abbot draped wrap dress - $445
Available at Grand Avenue
Available in size 4
Oversized Tee Dress - $425
Available at Grand Avenue

Barkla dress - $435
Available in at Grand Avenue
Size 6 Available

Walsh cowl back dress - $420
Available at Grand Avenue

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Fight Against Cancer

During the month of October McMullen is showing our support in the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (CMCC) is a landmark public health clinic that has been providing free alternative medicine and social services to low income women with cancer since 1991. Currently serving over 800 women, programs include hands on treatments such as massage, acupuncture and herbs, as well as organic foods, interpretation, transportation, exercise classes, emergency funds and counseling. CMCC's programs are designed to assist women in completing their conventional cancer treatments and increasing their chances of long term survival. Support a woman battling cancer and poverty today, support CMCC.

We would like to invite you to show your support in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing a "Team Oakland" t-shirt for $35. All proceeds will go to CMCC. T-shirts are available at McMullen, Piedmont Avenue and Grand Avenue locations. Available now through the month of October.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shoe Salon at McMullen!

Fall is finally here! To start things off we would like to officially introduce our beautiful, vintage-inspired shoe salon now open at McMullen Grand Avenue. We have some exquisite designs by Loeffler Randall, Martha Davis, Sigerson Morrison, Be & D, Coclico, AGL and more. These styles would be a striking accompaniment to many Fall pieces such as cozy wool knits, cashmere and military style jackets. Stop by and try on a fabulous pair! We also have our Rag and Bone Trunk show (for more info click here!) this weekend at the Grand store which would be a perfect opportunity to work the shoes with some fantastic Rag and Bone pieces.

..and many other great shoe and boot styles in our shoe salon at McMullen, Grand Ave. location!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Introducing Martha Davis Fall 2010 Collection

San Francisco designer Martha Davis takes her background in architecture and applies the form and function into creating unique and innovative footwear. Her collection is sculptural identity for your feet. Take a gander at these beauties!

the close toe tie bootie in chestnut, $595

zip back bootie in smoke, $620- sold out!

low bootie with lace up back in smoke, $483- size 7, 8, 10 left.

These styles are now available at McMullen at our Grand Avenue location.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

This Just In: Jeffrey Monteiro

Our newest arrivals from Jeffrey Monteiro epitomize the sophisticated blend of masculinity and femininity, structure and drape, that is Monteiro's design ethos. Effortless and wearable, the collection "is about real life," says Monteiro in an interview with Stylecaster.com. "The clothes are meant to be about reality but also about the emotional attachment to detail and uniqueness. They're for someone who understands design."

Eve hand-pleated dress in garnet, $588

Sashed dress in electric blue, $498
Worn with Mont vest, coming next month

This season, Monteiro's collection is in no shortage of this "detail and uniqueness." See these pieces and more, available now at McMullen on Piedmont Avenue.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Designer Focus: Alexander Wang

A native of San Francisco, Alexander Wang relocated to New York City at the age of 18 to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. Two years later, in his sophomore year of design school, he was already perfecting his relaxed, urban chic aesthetic with his own line of deconstructed knitwear. In 2007, the precocious Parsons graduate unveiled his first full womenswear collection, which soon thereafter was displayed in over 200 stores and had garnered the distinction of the "model off-duty" uniform. Over the course of the last three years, Wang's collection has not only been received with triple-digit waitlists and more editorial space than any other contemporary designer, but has also earned him the prestigious honors of Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund winner and Swarvoski Award recipient for both Womenswear and Accessories.

In designing his collection, Wang is particularly inspired by how women dress during the "in between, wayward" days of their lives. Describing his design ethos, Wang says "Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days, that is the most intriguing." For it is during these "off days," Wang believes, that a woman's personal style really emerges.

Today, Wang's collection has expanded far beyond the grunge-inspired looks that led to his being named "the T-shirt master," with his line growing to include sharp, tailored pieces and sleek, discreetly sexy cocktail dresses. Yet even as he explores this uncharted territory, Wang still exhibits his signature flair for the unconventional with deconstructed shapes, lean layers, and unexpected cut-outs.

With his Fall 2010 collection, Wang displays his penchant for juxtaposition, taking the Wall Street businesswoman and the plunderous, freewheeling gypsy as his inspiration. "It's about women who make money and women who steal money," he says. The result is a compelling reworking of traditional suiting elements that is at once more polished and more deviant than his previous efforts. The gypsy element of Wang's inspiration is manifested in the injections of velvet, chenile, and lace that lend a dark Romanticism to the otherwise sharp and modern silhouettes.

This month at McMullen, you'll find an open-backed shirtwaist dress, a chiffon trimmed wool sheath, luxurious asymmetrical sweaters, and sharp suiting that is anything but ordinary.

Fitted dress with intertwined chiffon panel, $650

Merino wool draped back tunic, $370

Come in to McMullen on Piedmont to see the collection and McMullen on Grand to see Wang's line of relaxed knits, T Alexander Wang, and handbags.

Where to Go Next

When we learned of Travel + Leisure magazine's plans to feature Oakland in their August issue, we were more than excited.
Yet we were even more thrilled to find that McMullen was named the "cutting-edge" shopping destination not to be missed!
Check out the issue to see us and other East Bay favorites like Brown Sugar Kitchen, Mua, and Flora.