Meet Caitlin McMullen

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Born in Tuxedo, New York, Caitlin went to study fashion design at FIT. Her career started when she reached out to Costume Designer & Artist Christian Joy while she was working on The Visitors Must Be Amused exhibit in 2008-09. Caitlin never really left her studio after that. In 2012, Caitlin partnered with Nick Dangerfield & Kosta Krajcev, on creating to.be. Caitlin has always tried to surround herself with fearlessly creative people in NYC.
 
  Top, Pleats Please ;   Pants, Vintage
  T-shirt: to.be., Shorts: Zero Maria Cornejo

T-shirt: to.be., Shorts: Zero Maria Cornejo

ON HER MORNING ROUTINE

I’m definitely not a morning person and sitting at a desk all day is really hard for me, so I’ve been trying to get up for dance classes before work - mostly with Nicole Winhoffer. She’s the best and it wakes me up so well. I never eat breakfast and usually get shitty deli coffee on my way to the train.

on her personal style

I mix everything without much caution, just going by what I want to have on that day, which at times can look a little crazy. I have a bunch of jackets that are kind of like security blankets to me - super soft leather from interning at Charlotte Ronson years ago, denim from Built by Wendy covered in my favorite band pins, and a printed army jacket that Christian Joy did. I really love Comme des Garcons too, I have one of those great blazers with the big blanket/snuggie thing underneath. Most of my clothes are hand-me-downs from Christian Joy. I get so much good stuff from her, she’s good at thrifting and I’m kind of terrible at it. I recently realized how many jumpsuits she’s given me and haven’t been wearing anything else this week. I got these gold shoes for this space-themed wedding. Turned out that my friend and I were the only ones dressed up. 

on her favorite beauty products

I like to use Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer,Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanseand Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Spray. For hair, I like to use Davines Absolute Beautifying ShampooDavines Women's OI Conditioner, and  Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Spray.

 

 

 

At to.be, we get to make a lot of really great, weird t-shirts. My boss made this one as an homage to his old band Finest.
— on weird t-shirts
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on red lipstick

Putting on lipstick usually makes me look more awake than I am. I really want to get the Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick by Tatcha. 

on music

Every conscious memory I have is related to music. My whole family loves Bruce Springsteen so he’s always been a huge part of my life. I used to see a ton of DIY shows in Brooklyn. Working with Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the past few years has been super inspirational. Before to.be, my boss used to release incredible records on Playbuttons - bands like Zs, Bow Ribbons, Bubbles, Mount Eerie, Dirty Three. I’ve been listening to Clarence Clarity and Ratking on repeat lately.

 

 

 

  Jumpsuit: Christian Joy

Jumpsuit: Christian Joy

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caitlin's favorite books

I Hope You Are All Happy Now by Nicholas Zinner, Grey Gardens by Sara Maysles, Big Man by Clarence Clemons and Don Reo, Punk: The Definitive Record of a Revolution Stephen Colegrave and Chris Sullivan 

caitlin's favorite records

An Object by No Age, Score: The Complete Sextet Works by Zs, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, NO NOW by Clarence Clarity

caitlin's favorite places IN new york city

I spend most of my time in Manhattan because of work so... C&B Cafe for lunch

Peasant or Kiki's for dinner, or my second home - Bacaro (I've worked there on Sundays forever).

Brunswick for avocado toast

Emily for pizza and burgers 

I love Saraghina for pizza and pasta

 Happyfun Hideaway or Doris for drinks.

 

  Jumpsuit: Christian Joy, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Mayle

Jumpsuit: Christian Joy, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Mayle