2016 / Long time kimono collector and dealer John McMullen to close his store for good, Dec. 31

John McMullen and his kimono collection in the May 2012 KCET photo by Daniel Huber

John McMullen and his kimono collection in the May 2012 KCET photo by Daniel Huber

Long time kimono collector and dealer John McMullen of Camarillo will close “McMullens’ Japanese Art and Antiques” store in Oxnard on Dec. 31 for good.

Mr. McMullen is now 87 years old, and Michele McMullen, daughter of John McMullen, announces the store closure.

The store is located at 2001 Williams Drive, Suite 402 in Oxnard. Appointments are required to visit the store by contacting Michele via (805) 844-4722 or email jibjab2828@gmail.com
McMullen was sent to Japan in 1947 to serve in the occupation army. After being discharged, he and his wife Bobbi stayed in Japan teaching English and collecting Japanese art and antiques. In 1971 they returned to Los Angeles with quite a collation. He has been liquidating his merchandise, as he has said that he was only a custodian of the antiques.

Many of McMullen’s kimonos appeared in film “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “The Last Samurai.”
Currently the store has items such as tansu, garden items, hibachi, lacquer items, pottery, dolls, shoji doors, Japanese prints.

About history of “McMullen’s Japanese Art and Antiques” store

http://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/news/2007-11-02/on_the_town/047.html

http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/ventura/can-an-arts-angle-redefine-a-business-district-how-to-reframe-your-local-business-as-a-cultural-trea.html

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