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Do Summer in the City

Topshop x Man Repeller

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We’ve employed the wit and the wisdom of New York style site Man Repeller to ease our summer styling dramas and hot-weather woes. Leandra Medine - the queen of creative styling - and her team take to the streets of Manhattan to demonstrate the clever style hacks that keep them cool in both senses of the word. Keep scrolling for more good stuff…
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All photographs courtesy of Krista Lewis and Maya Richardson of Man Repeller
7AM - Leandra, Home 7AM - Leandra, Home

MAN REPELLER: A DAY IN THE LIFE

Take a look behind the scenes on our super fun video shoot
7:00 AM: Leandra, Home

“The pajamas were
a no-brainer, there
is nothing like a set
of rainbow sweats, no?
And the daisy hair pieces
made me feel like
a little kid.”

Leandra - Founder
9:00 AM: Harling, MR Office

“Super reflective
aviator sunglasses made
me feel like an off-duty
Gigi Hadid.”

Harling - Social Media Editor
1PM - Haley Minetta Street 1PM - Haley Minetta Street
1:00 PM: Haley, Minetta Street

“Since moving
to New York, miniskirts
have become this
weirdly novel part
of my wardrobe because
I never got to wear
them in San Francisco!”

Haley - Junior Editor
3:00 PM: Jasmin, Carmine Street

“I was totally drawn
to the silk bomber jacket,
and I found out on the day
of shooting that it was
reversible! Result.”

Jasmin - Account Strategist
6PM - Man Repeller Team 6PM - Man Repeller Team
Leandra - Founder
6:00 PM: Man Repeller Team, Washington Square Park

“I chose pineapple
boobs rendered on
a pink bathing suit
and offset by a pair of
70s style athletic shorts,
confusingly coupled
with gold loafers and
metallic socks. If you
can't beat 'em, confuse
'em - you know?”

Interview Leandra Medina - Founder Interview Leandra Medina - Founder

MEET THE MAN REPELLER TEAM

Want to know what it’s like working for NYC’s coolest fashion site?
Leandra Medine
- Founder

What’s your role? I'm the site's founder but also have my hand in pretty much every department because I have attachment issues? My day-to-day runs a gamut. Some days I'm out all day at meetings, other days I'm here and focusing solely on business strategy, or editorial, or what our photos should look like. It's a pretty well-rounded job and sometimes makes me feel like a freelancer in the best way because I get to do so many things, but they're all for the betterment of one company.

 

What’s your favorite thing about the MR office? The people! We've assembled such a wonderful team who I believe really embody the ethos of Man Repeller - they're all kind and supportive of one another and smart-as-whips. Are whips actually smart? 

What stories can your readers not get enough of? Pop culture, styling know-how and the introspective, think pieces do quite well for us.

What's one item of clothing you want to wear nonstop over the summer? WELL, if you have to know, there is this one pink metallic mini skirt now being sold at Topshop, which I would love to get my hands on...

Who's your summer style muse? Rita Hayworth lounging pool side in Palm Springs, or Salvador Dali on the Spanish Riviera

Do you plan outfits in advance or do it last minute in the morning? A combination. Thinking about outfits is a weird, soothing mechanism that I sometimes use to fall asleep, so invariably some good ideas come out of that, but for the most part, I do like to wing it. I think this is true of most people who feel comfortable defining themselves by their personal style.

What's the most useful styling tip you've learnt since working at Man Repeller? That you really, really do get to make - and break! - the rules. It's your world, everyone else is just living in it. I think this is true for each of us as contributing members of humanity.

Photographs: Man Repeller, Maya Richardson and Krista Lewis

  • Amelia
  • Yvonne
  • Elizabeth
  • Haley
  • Harling
  • Emily
  • Jasmin
  • Krista
  • Patty
  • AMELIA

    - Senior Writer and Deputy Editor

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. I'm the senior writer and deputy editor at Man Repeller. I write, edit and collaborate with the sales team on creative pitches for integrated editorials. Recently, I've taken up snacking as an office hobby.

  • What stories can your readers not get enough of? Anything Leandra styles that you'd never in a million years put together yourself; Haley's Game of Thrones recaps; Krista's street style shots; Emily's homemade GIFS and Harling's super weird tweets.

  • Who's your summer style muse? Tom Selleck in the 80s.

  • Do you plan outfits in advance or do it last minute in the morning? Last minute, always.

  • What's the most useful styling tip/fashion advice you've learnt since working at Man Repeller? How to layer -- but not in the "wear layers because it gets cold at night!" kind of way. Like, how to turn clothes into an *outfit* with layers.
  • Yvonne

    - Content Strategist

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. Content strategy, audience development and social media. I track our performance in real-time, report on it and implement new strategies, work with Harling to set social posting schedules, try to "connect dots" and notice trends + help to edit our podcast, Monocycle.

  • What’s your favourite thing about the MR office? The really amazing smelling hand soap Elizabeth buys for the bathroom. And that there are 10+ great coffee spots around. And, of course, the people.

  • What stories can your readers not get enough of? Office Apropos are always great.

  • Who's your summer style muse? Martha Stewart circa 1960.

  • Do you plan outfits in advance or do it last minute in the morning? Advance, always. Down to the most-minute details (including all under garments).
  • Elizabeth

    - Managing Editor and Leandra’s PA

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. Day-to-day I mostly schedule Leandra's appointments and meetings (that's a lot of appointments let me tell you!), look over and keep track of our deadlines for the week. I also help select, style and call in the product for our many beautiful photoshoots. I'm the office manager, so I've also headed our gorgeous new office's set up (we're almost there!).

  • Talk us through a piece you wore on the shoot. The shorts! I love little tiny shorts with a big jacket. These shorts are ribbed so a little bit more exciting than a plain set. I've also been wearing a ton of track shorts so I wanted something new.

  • Do you plan outfits in advance or do it last minute in the morning? If I'm super excited and can't fall asleep at night looking at my 2 clothing racks and rows of shoes -- a wardrobe that has turned my Brooklyn apartment into a walk-in closet - I get up and start planning. It's about the mood when you're getting dressed for me.
  • Haley

    - Junior Editor

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. I'm the Junior Editor, which means I mostly write but also edit from time to time. My day typically looks like this: arrive, write write write research write write edit write, leave. Oh, and with lots of weird snacks in between. And coffee.

  • What stories can your readers not get enough of? We get overwhelming responses when we do a story that sheds light on a subject that is taboo or that many women seem to suffer silently. Having a platform to destigmatize female and human emotions is a dream come true for me, and I'm so happy our readers seem to respond to it.

  • What's one item of clothing you want to wear nonstop over the summer? A-LINE MINISKIRTS!!! Not to pander, but Topshop actually has the best A-line minis. They're surprisingly hard to find.

  • Who’s your summer style muse? Leandra Medine – have you heard of her? She’s the best at summer.
  • Harling

    - Social Media Editor

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. I'm the Social Media Editor. I help manage all of Man Repeller's social media platforms, which includes deciding what content to share and when, engaging with followers, captioning Instagrams, coming up with fun MR hashtags and experimenting with new features like Facebook Live. More broadly, I think about making each platform feel like a distinctively cool community, where you can come get a free brain massage 24/7.

  • Talk us through a piece you wore on the shoot. For the group scene in Washington Square park, I wore an athletic, high-necked black bathing suit, red headband and grey sweat-shorts, thus fulfilling my lifelong dream of looking like Sporty Spice on her way to summer camp.

  • What's one item of clothing you want to wear nonstop over the summer? I was originally going to say mid-length cotton dresses, but Leandra recently wrote a story about tube tops making a comeback and I'm feeling very enthused about taking those for a spin.
  • Emily

    - Creative

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. I'm the wearer of *many* hats at MR! A regular day for me can include anything from illustrating an asset for a story, to collaging it, to photo sourcing for a slideshow, to concepting, prop styling or creative directing a shoot. I also keep track of some of the creative admin tasks such as reaching out to our creative contributors and concepting ideas for our weekly creative content meetings.

  • What’s your favourite thing about the office? I love the energy and the passion that everyone has. Yes, there are stressful times but at the end of the day, we all want the same thing - and that's for the MR site to look its absolute best!

  • Who's your summer style muse? I don't think that I have any specific muses. But one day at the office, Kate (Digital Director) walked up to me and said that I looked like "a painter from the 1930s" and I really loved that. I've been trying to think of better ways to channel that vibe...to be continued.
  • Jasmin

    - Account Strategist

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. I work within the Sales and Marketing team to manage the many meaningful partnerships and collaborations we do.

  • What’s your favourite thing about the MR office? The people. Hands down. Oh and endless supply of goodies (both edible and wearable)

  • What stories can your readers not get enough of? This is tough one, I think there is so much diversity in the content that Man Repeller puts out that resonates with so many people for different reasons. From what I've noticed, stories that are extremely personal and honest tend to generate a lot of engagement, encouraging people to share their own experiences and effectively bringing the MR community closer together.

  • What's one item of clothing you want to wear nonstop over the summer? Linen jumpsuits

  • Who's your summer style muse? Solange is summer, winter and beyond.
  • Krista

    - Photographer

  • Tell us about your role at Man Repeller. I'm the on staff photographer, which means I photograph about 5 separate people or things a day. It's everything from portraits to editorials, to creating amazing still lives with Emily.

  • Talk us through a piece you wore on the shoot. I've been on a big Sex and the City kick recently. So, Samantha Jones glam for a pool party seemed like too good of an option to resist once I saw the jumpsuit. I added a dress as robe and disco jewelry and heels and, BAM! I was itching to glamorously dive into a pool. I mean fountain.

  • Who's your summer style muse? Jane Birkin with a dash of Brigitte Bardot and Diane von Furstenberg at Studio 54.

  • What's the most useful styling tip/fashion advice you've learnt since working at Man Repeller? There's never too many accessories and the more fun you're having with them, the better!
  • Patty

    - Director of Integrated Marketing

  • What stories can your readers not get enough of? MR Guides! The best part is the comments section, the guide is just a conversation starter for the strongest recommendation chain ever.

  • Talk us through a piece you wore on the shoot. I chose the pink jorts first because (1) I count down the days until denim-cut-off season and (2) they’re PINK! SO FUN! The embellished black woven jacket was just so beautiful I couldn’t resist it even in the heat, and combatted the warmth by forgoing a shirt for the metallic bikini top instead. The shoes were my favorite part of the whole shebang. They’re so versatile and comfy. I could conga in ‘em easy.

  • Who's your summer style muse? Bruce Springsteen. Cotton, cut-offs, and kerchiefs all day.

  • Do you plan outfits in advance or do it last minute in the morning? If I’m super excited to wear something I might be inspired to set it out the night before, but usually I dress for how I’m feeling that day.