Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Getting to Know our Designers :: Obakki

When fashion and good deeds come together, we can't resist. That's why we are obsessed with Obakki, a clothing line and non-profit fundraiser dedicated to providing fresh water wells, sustainability, food, and education in Sudan.
Creator Treana Peake started Obakki and the Obakki Foundation in 2005, after dedicating years to philanthropic work in Africa, as a way to combine her creative talents and passion for humanitarianism. Using her experiences with the Obakki Foundation as the inspiration for her 
brand and collections, Treana and her team create clean silhouettes that showcase an 
endless variety of texture influenced by the landscape of the Sudan. 
For Treana, fashion is a canvas on which she can tell the story of the Sudanese people, a story they can't relay themselves. Obakki allows the consumer to become directly related to changing lives by donating as much as 100% of proceeds from a purchase to the Obakki Foundation.
Obakki truly is changing the world, one garment at a time.
Check out an interview with the Obakki team below, as well as a video for their Fall/Winter 2012 campaign and a link to find out how you can help Obakki change lives.

Q.  How did Obakki and the Obakki Foundation start?

A. The founder and Creative Director, Treana Peake uses Obakki as a medium for change. Her intention is to bring awareness and funding to global issues through creative platforms such as fashion. The Obakki collection grew out of a passion for philanthropy.

Q. How did Treana get started in design?

A. Treana is a conceptual storyteller and fashion is a natural medium for her to communicate these narratives. For example, our fall.winter 2012 collection is all about South Sudan where the Obakki Foundation has currently drilled over 300 water wells with collection proceeds. Through color, texture, and pattern, Treana explores the dramatic timeline of the country from the beginning of the 40 year civil war to present day. The collection is completed with optimism for the future - a time for rebuilding and celebration.

Q. How would you describe the Obakki style? What kind of woman wears Obakki clothes?

A. We see her as a confident, free-spirited type. She is authentic, which aligns with Obakki's value system as a transparent and credible charity. We also know that she is deeply passionate about global causes, insightful, and current….but knows how to have a good time. We believe that all Obakki customers have one need: beautiful, wearable, contemporary classics that align with their beliefs and values. 

Watch the video for Obakki's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign here and shop the new collection in store and online at McMullen!
Click here to find out how you can contribute to the Obakki Foundation.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Michelle's Picks of the Week!

1. Rhie sweater vest
2. Giovanna Torrico oxblood necklace
3. Frank & Eileen + McMullen for Piedmont Schools. Im loving the Frank & Eileen for Piedmont schools campaign at McMullen. Specially made, 
super comfy, classic Frank & Eileen style in Piedmont colors. Perfect for keeping toasty at football games and for showing your Piedmont school spirit.
4. Erica Varize maxi dress
5. Adesso, Im always in the mood for Adesso's new Roman style pizzas! Also try the charcuterie plates.
6. Laurence Dolige zipper clutch

Items 1-4, and 7 are available at Grand Ave. location and online now.
Stop by McMullen to shop Michelle's picks!
Or call 510.658.6906 to order or for more information.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Inspiration Monday :: Watch the leaves turn

"Even if something is left undone, 
everyone must take time 
to sit still 
and watch the leaves turn."
 - Elizabeth Lawrence

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Getting to Know Our Neighbors :: Marion and Rose's Workshop

Kerri Lee Johnson, an Oakland based artist, arts administrator, and curator, opened Marion and Rose's Workshop in Old Oakland's Pop-up Hood as a way to showcase unique, high quality items by artisans and craftspeople from all over the world. Focusing on uncommon home goods and special art pieces, Marion and Rose has opened new doors for small production vendors and artists. With everything from sea salt soap to hand made totem poles that serve as storage, Marion and Rose offers those interesting pieces that provide both style and function. Kerri's passion for art and the artist is what drives the force behind this beautiful, vintage inspired shop. We love taking a trek over to Marion and Rose to browse through all of her interesting new findings! Kerri's deep understanding of her artists processes and pieces is simply inspiring. Pop in and find that conversation piece that's sure to turn a few heads at your next gathering, and check out our interview with Kerri below to get to know our awesome neighbor!

Q. What made you want to move from having a gallery space to starting Marion and Rose's Workshop?
A. When my husband and I first opened Blankspace, we showed predominantly site-specific installations, so we would have artists create small works or ephemera related to the exhibit to have to sell as a way for them to be able to recoup the cost of their installations. Over time the front space began to naturally turn into a small shop of artist made products. Also, during the holidays I would turn the gallery into a popup shop, inviting local vendors to be a part of the "Holidayland" sale that would run through December. Since closing the gallery I have been wanting to open a shop featuring artisan products...when this opportunity presented itself I jumped at the chance.

Q. Being an artist yourself, do you have an overall aesthetic or theme that you like to stick to when finding pieces? Do you have any current fall favorites?
A.  My aesthetic tends to lean towards objects with modern clean lines and bold colors. I am always  looking for well crafted, uncommon functional items. My current fall favorites are the handcrafted wood pepper mills made from upcycled and reclaimed wood from buildings in Oakland. Beautiful, well-made and functional. I am also loving the new pottery from local designer Whitney Smith. 

Q. How has being a part of pop-up hood changed your perspective on Oakland?
A. With the pop-up hood project being in the national and international spotlight, I am acutely aware that other cities are looking at Oakland for inspiration, ideas, and hope to bring back to their residents and neighborhoods. With this attention I feel an even stronger sense of responsibility to be an ambassador to the city - helping to inform and represent Oakland in a positive way. When I talk to customers I am reminded just how fiercely loyal people are to this city and how proud they are to support small businesses. I am proud to have my business in Oakland! 

Check out the Marion and Rose Website for upcoming events and products!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sherri's Picks of the Week!

1. NMBRNINE clutch
3. Sherri's own boots
4. This week I'm tuned in to the final presidental debate. There is so much at stake with this election and I'm encouraging everyone to get out and vote! We have a voice and can make a difference in our country. 
5. Giada Forte tassel necklaces
6. Giada Forte turtleneck

Items 1, 2, 4, 5 available at Grand Ave location and online now.
Stop by McMullen to shop Sherri's picks! 
Or call 510.658.6906 to order or for more information.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Getting to Know Our Designers :: RHIE

Rie Yamagata, a Parsons and St. Martins graduate, began her iconic brand RHIE as a knitwear line in 2011 after working with fashion greats such as Phillip Lim and Tsumori Chisato. RHIE soon turned into a full collection, aiming to "distill an image of an intelligent, freshly defined woman." With an emphasis on quality of materials, tailoring, and subtle details, RHIE presents a modern take on knitwear and represents a brand that "speaks in a language of precision without ever losing its element of ease". Only available at the finest boutiques across the world, RHIE provides luxurious comfort and coziness while including sophisticated details and a timeless silhouette. Check out our interview with the woman behind the brand, Rie Yamagata, below!

Q. What was your inspiration for Rhie?
A. I wanted to create a brand that had high quality construction and materials in the contemporary market

Q. How do you stay motivated and inspired every day?
A. It's stimulating to surround myself with people who are inspired

Q.  What are you most excited about in fashion right now?
A. New technology

Q. What is your top style tip for women (of any age)?
A. To take care of their skin

Q. What's your favorite fall indulgence?
A. Chunky cashmere and leather

Check out new pieces from RHIE's fall collection in store and 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pictures from the Souchi Trunk Show and Designer Reception!

Suzi Johnson of Souchi made an appearance at McMullen last week for a trunk show and designer reception showcasing her luxury artisanal knits. Her collection was stunning and so touchable...we couldn't keep our hands off of these gorgeous pieces. Suzi is absolutely lovely and it was a wonderful time complete with bubbles and delicious pies made by PieTisserie.

See all the pictures from the event on our Facebook album!

Want to know more about Suzi and her line? Check out our exclusive Q&A with her on our blog.

Alex's Picks of the Week!

1. Pamela Love Eagle claw necklace

2. The Shining. I love scary movies, especially around Halloween. Cuddle up on the couch and revisit this amazing Kubrick classic on a dark and stormy night. Its sure to send shivers up your spine!
3. Laurence Dolige Beatles pant
4. Molcajete in Oakland. Molcajete (pestle & mortar in Mexican Spanish) serves up delicious traditional Mexican dishes in a casual environment. The carnitas plate and the watermelon agua fresca are not to be missed, and their specials are always unique and delicious. 
5. Coclico Titiana boot
6. Clare Vivier leather foldover clutch
7. Rag & Bone Bedford Sweater

Items 1, 3-7 available at Grand Ave location now.
Stop by McMullen to shop Alex's picks! 
Or call 510.658.6906 to order or for more information.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Inspiration Monday :: Live in the Moment

"As you walk this journey of the unknown, 
live in the moment, dance the dance, 
and walk in the moonlit sky.
Take time to live and love yourself. 
Each person is special, everyone is a survivor"
- Uknown

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Wishing you peace, courage, 
strength, and love.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Clare Vivier & Souchi Trunk Show :: Event Details

We can't wait to show you the amazing new collections from Souchi & Clare Vivier! 
If you haven't already, please be sure to RSVP by end of day to catch these wonderful designers in person! 
or on our Facebook page
Hope to see you there!

Map to the event 

* shop the lovely Souchi and Clare Vivier collections
* mingle with designers Suzi Johnson and Clare Vivier
* sample delicious PieTisserie Pies
* sip prosecco & wine

Get to know the designers before meeting them in these McMullen exclusive interviews:
Q&A with Clare
Q&A with Suzi
1235 Grand Ave. Piedmont, CA 94610
p. 510.658.6906

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lynna's Picks of the Week!

1. Alexis Bittar O'keefe matte gold earrings
2. Equipment floral signature blouse
3. Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon - great place to relax with a stunning view
4. Clare Vivier foldover clutch in green
5. L'Agence leather pants in bordeaux
6. My favorite Fall drink is a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks

Items 1, 2, 4, 5 available at Grand Ave location now.
Stop by McMullen to shop Lynna's picks! 
Or call 510.658.6906 to order or for more information.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Shop McMullen Online!

We want you to have the most fabulous shopping experience possible, so we've made some big, shiny additions to our can now shop McMullen online!

Some things you will find on our new site:
- Ecommerce! All of our stylish pieces are now available for purchase online
- Updates, new arrivals, and events...stay tuned for info on some SUPER exciting collaborations and trunk shows coming up in October
- Our blog with inspiration for your Mondays, picks of the week, invitations and much much more...

Every week you can find new items and loads of fun info so check back often.

Cruise over to our new site to check out all the new features yourself:
See you there!


Inspiration Monday :: Hope is a Wonderful Thing

"Hope is a wonderful thing, 
something to be cherished and nurtured…
and it can be found in each of us, 
and it can bring light into the darkest of places."
 - Anonymous

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow"
~ Helen Keller
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Wishing you love, courage,
peace, and strength
xo McMullen

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Getting to Know Our Designers :: Clare Vivier

While working for a French television station, Clare Vivier, the woman behind the eponymous handbag line, recognized a gap in stylish laptop cases. She decided to create her own, thus creating the starting point for her handbag collection. Since her launch in 2008, Clare has collaborated with names like Theory, Wren, and Refinery 29. With a focus on a minimalist aesthetic, bold colors, and luxurious materials, Clare Vivier has quickly become a staple in the wardrobes of celebrities, designers, and women all over the world. Clare strives to marry "French glamour with minimalist Los Angeles cool", to create bags that are both beautiful and functional. Although she is inspired by French fashion, all of her bags are handmade in Los Angeles, with a focus on ethical manufacturing (just another reason to love her!). Check out a Q&A with Clare below and be sure to meet her in person at our Clare Vivier trunk show on October 11th at McMullen!

Q. What was your inspiration for the Fall collection?

A. My design process for each season always begins with sourcing materials and creating an inspiration board. Taking photos from magazines, books, and combining them with swatches of beautiful pieces of leather allows me to see the bigger picture of a collection. I often find a sample of leather and then spend some time experimenting with it, seeing the shape and forms it can take and how I envision it being best put to use. I was definitely inspired by Paris for fall and the chic women I encounter when I travel there with my husband and spend time with his family in the town where he grew up.  We have a gorgeous limited edition clutch coming out for the holidays and the leather just completely steals the show. I am excited for it to come out later this year I know everyone will love it!

Q. What are you most excited about in fashion right now?

A. I am having a moment with leather and faux leather pants. They make your legs look amazing and they are the right amount of edge without pushing it too far. I alternate between two pairs of seven waxed jeans in black and a gorgeous burgundy color.

Q.What is your top style tip for women (of any age)?

A. You can always cut off leather boots to make them ankle boots. I have done this countless time with tall boots and the leather never frays and you instantly have a pair of super chic booties.

Q. What's in Clare's bag? What must have items are always in your favorite Clare Vivier bag?

A. I currently am carrying my grey suede simple tote that I had monogrammed with my initials. Inside you will find four more CV clutches and accessories! Two flat clutches, one is for my makeup and the other I swap out for when I need to go from work to an event or out to dinner. I also have my iPhone pouch, which is a gorgeous metallic color and makes anything I wear it with it look instantly better. I also have my CV zip wallet, which is navy with a red stripe, perfect for fall.  I am a bit obsessive about lipstick. Right now I have seven different kinds with me. Makeup forever, Guerlain, two reds from Revlon, two Nars, and this amazing lip-gloss that we carry at the CV store form Clarks Botanicals. I also have Josie Maran cream blush and a Nars eye pencil called Kitty. I also carry my eyelash curler and DiorShow mascara with me at all times. Also, I always have my MacBook Air, two pairs of sunglasses, and many crumpled taxi receipts!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Karen's Picks of the Week! In support of Piedmont schools

1. Frank & Eileen button up shirt for Piedmont schools! Click to read more.
2. Clare Vivier Messenger in black

Items 1 and 2 available at Grand Ave location now.
Stop by McMullen to shop Karen's picks! 
Or call 510.658.6906 to order or for more information.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Inspiration Monday:: Reach for the Stars

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. 
Dream deep, for every dream preceded the goal"

~ Pamel Vaull Starr