Interview: Leandra Medine, Man Repeller

Interview: Leandra Medine, Man Repeller

Interview: Leandra Medine, Man Repeller


Leandra Medine, Founder of Man Repeller

If you're Leandra, copper chairs don't have to be comfortable if they're beautiful. And sometimes your shoes look like electrocuted puppies.

Photographs by Claire Esparros.

Here we have the stylish mastermind behind the relentlessly funny ManRepeller.com. Hilarious, well-but-weirdly dressed and emulating a personable vibe that isn’t easy to evoke via computer screen, Leandra Medine is a fashion world superhero. I think we can all agree that she’s pretty creme de la creme in the blogosphere – which is now synonymous with the world, let’s be honest – because when she says she likes a shoe it sells out in 12 seconds (approximately). So when she asked us to design her office we were thrilled. When she asked us to design her new bigger office we were extra excited. When she walked into said new office and literally jumped up and down (in heels) screaming, “OMG I LOVE IT!” We melted into puddles of joy and ecstasy and died. Then we were reincarnated to interview her. See below.

See the Man Repeller offices part 1 and part 2!

Let’s talk Man Repelling. What’s your favorite pair of un-sexy shoes?

I just bought a pair of canvas mules by Chloe which I adore — they have fringe all up the front and kind of look like a little puppy who’s just been electrocuted. I love them because they’re outfit-makers and relatively comfortable. I don’t want to call them sexy or unsexy because your perception of the adjective might be incredibly different from mine.

Is there a movie or TV show’s wardrobe that exemplifies Man Repelling?

Annie Hall

Where do you order lunch for the office?

Usually Caravan of Dreams.

What you think of Noa on a scale from 1 to 10?

I have to give him a 10.1 — that .1 is for his really well groomed eyebrows. The rest of the score depends on how comprehensively he surprises me EVERY TIME HE DECORATES AN EMPTY SPACE. I also really appreciate that he has family in Hawaii.

Those Bludot chairs are show stealers. Are they comfortable?

Who cares, really?

What are you doing tomorrow?

I’m getting a bikini wax at 8:15 and then have a root canal at 1PM. It’s going to be a wonderful day, you see.

What do you have on your bedside table?

A collection of perfumes, jewelry and books.

What are you reading?

I just finished a collection of commencement speeches that Kurt Vonnegut delivered over the course of his life and before that, I started Diane Keaton’s memoir, which I am getting back into now.

Eff Marry Kill: Steve Jobs, Steven McQueen, Steve Martin.

Fuck McQueen, Marry Martin, Kill Jobs.