Oakland residents are overjoyed with Jeffrey Probart and David Yun’s brick-and-mortar shop, Oak Common. As you can see by their Yelp reviews, locals were in dire need of a hip men's and women’s clothing store. Jeffrey and David came to the rescue and did it in style-- Oak Common is cozy, beautifully curated, and stocked with carefully selected goods. We love their dedication to detail as showcased by their Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook that we are so excited to be featured in.
We chatted with Jeffrey (pictured below) about their shop and living in the great East Bay area.
Neighborhood: Grand Lake District
Tell us Oak Common’s backstory: I, Jeffrey, was a buyer for over 10 years at several boutiques around San Francisco in areas like the Haight Ashbury and the Castro District. David and I moved to Oakland about 4 years ago from SF. Once we settled in, we decided the timing was right to open our own shop! At that time, two years ago, we noticed the lack of places to shop for the type of goods and clothing that we personally love. Oak Common has a collection of small, more indie brands like Bridge & Burn and Curator to timeless larger brands like Pendleton and Fjällräven. We also have a great selection of market goods, some of our favorites include Kat and Roger pottery, P.F. soy candles and our jewelry which is all from local bay area artists!
What tunes are on regular rotation in your shop? Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen and Kurt Vile. We also love old stuff like Françoise Hardy and Donovan.
What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland? Oakland has welcomed Oak Common in a big way! Our selection has been well received and is always growing based on feedback from our loyal customers. Oaklanders are big on supporting the city's local economy by shopping small and especially when it comes to hand crafted goods made locally.
What’s another must-visit spot in your hood? Being on Grand Avenue in the Grand Lake District is awesome! We have so many new and exciting spots like Ordinaire Wine Bar and Alchemy Bottle Shop, as well as the more established foodie haunts like Boot & Shoe Service and Camino. Also on Grand Ave. is one of the best farmers markets in Oakland, which is on Saturdays. The historic Grand Lake Movie Theater is also amazing!
What’s your fave Bridge & Burn piece? Our favorite Bridge & Burn pieces this season (it's so hard!) are going to have to be the Stonestreet jacket and the Depoe Indigo Herringbone shirt. For women we love the Hemlock Chambray shirt and the Lily skirt.
Describe your ideal Oakland weekend: Our ideal weekend usually includes brunch with bloody marys, a walk around Lake Merritt, checking out other neighborhoods like Old Oakland and Temescal and hanging with our two Chihuahuas (Pancho + Lola), exploring the amazing parks in the Oakland Hills where we live.