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 Caitlin has always tried to surround herself with fearlessly creative people in NYC.
Top, Pleats Please ; Pants, Vintage
T-shirt:, Shorts: Zero Maria Cornejo

T-shirt:, Shorts: Zero Maria Cornejo


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, 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, 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