Leandra Medine, a 27-year-old fashion blogger, has become a fashion icon herself—and now has the digs befitting a woman of her standing. The native New Yorker launched Man Repeller in 2010, and it quickly became a destination for the fashion elite. It would stand to reason, then, that Medine would require a workspace that marries her own personal aesthetic and day-to-day business operations. “We kept it fairly minimal, installing tons of lights because the back room is a bit dark and making sure the walls we put up to separate our private office and conference rooms were made from clear glass,” she said. “Most of the furniture is white lacquer with accents in copper—a theme we carried over from the first space—and washed wood.” With the help of Elisa Shankle at the interior design shop Homepolish, Medine’s new home base is definitely the height of fashion.
YSL’s latest fragrances with an Ann Demeulemeester book that publisher Rizzoli sent over.
The millennial Slim Aarons
That is a photo by Gray Malin, who is a favorite of ours over here,” Medine said. “We’ve been displaying his work through the course of three different spaces. He’s sort of the millennial version of Slim Aarons.”
“Galleys that we receive from publishing houses [and] photo books which sometimes serve as backgrounds for our accessory shoots and quite often are a nice way to escape work for a moment,” she said.
Medine’s signature white lacquer and copper accents.
From the Man Repeller HQ, one is steps from the neighborhoods of Nolita, Chinatown and Little Italy. “No shortage of spots to eat, and almost all of our photo shoots take place in the surrounding magazine shops, restaurants, markets and on the graffiti walls,” Medine said.
Man Repeller is clearly a fan of interior design firm Homepolish. This is the third space it designed for the company.
This story first appeared in the September 12, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.
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