Leandra Medine, founder of the successful blog, The Man Repeller
Spotted in the front row during Fashion Weeks from New York to Paris, Leandra Medine, known for her wildly successful blog The Man Repeller, has given style reporting a witty and humorous new dimension. Following the 2010 launch of the blog, Medine published her first book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls, and was featured on Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list, Adweek’s Fashion’s Power 25, and Time’s 25 Best Blogs. Recently we asked the Manhattan-born Medine to open up her address book for Gotham.
When looking to add a special piece to her much-photographed wardrobe, Medine seeks out Matta (241 Lafayette St., 212-343-9399). “They sell the most beautiful caftans and colorful, beaded jewelry and sandals,” she says. “Recently I bought a blue and purple caftan and wasn’t sure where or why I’d wear it, but have found that it’s the most effective solace for the city’s heat. And that it looks kind of offbeat with white sneakers and structured sandals, which, of course, I love.” Medine admits she can never resist a stop at Fivestory (18 E. 69th St., 212-288-1338) and the nearby Barneys (660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900). “Fivestory is like its own little world, replete with trinkets waiting to become sentimental and interesting, and original ready-to-wear, too. Barneys wins for best shoe selection,” she says.
Interior of Fivestory.
Medine’s schedule is always hectic, but she makes time for a calming moment and a delicious cup of coffee in the West Village at Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee (138 W. 10th St., 212-929-0821). “It’s quaint and easy to work from there [as well as] people watch, which is my favorite activity after karate,” she says.
Ever on the hunt for her next must-read, Medine usually finds what she’s looking for at McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince St., 212-274-1160). “It fuses a world of very niche magazines—fashion and beyond—and has excellent collections of humorous essays, which is my favorite type of book,” she says. “It doesn’t hurt that the store is just around the corner from Sant Ambroeus (265 Lafayette St., 212-966-2770), which makes an excellent iced latte with almond milk.”
For gorgeous floral arrangements, Medine calls New York florist TTH Blooms. “Taylor Tomasi Hill [former style and accessories director at Marie Claire and former creative director at Moda Operandi] recently started this small company. She organizes mini arrangements that are incredible,” Medine says. “They are so thoughtful and demonstrate her talent with color and texture. All her arrangements get loads of compliments. Some people just have that magic touch.”