Leandra Medine on the importance of maintaining personal style

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The founder of Man Repeller is already thinking about getting you a New Year’s Eve 2020 outfit. Leandra Medine designed a limited edition capsule collection for Mango, transforming her own personal, eclectic style into an accessible and shopped collection. Medine’s selection includes over 30 designs and accessories, from convenient basics to elegant holiday outfits.
“The inspiration was written on the floor,” Medine told Refinery29 at the Soho launch of the collaboration. “The inspiration for my submission to Mango came on New Year’s Eve, when I was at home in a Ski town in Europe, surrounded by college graduates from a New England university in the 1960s.”The founder of Man Repeller is already thinking about getting you a New Year’s Eve 2020 outfit. Leandra Medine designed a limited edition capsule collection for Mango, transforming her own personal, eclectic style into an accessible and shopped collection. Medine’s selection includes over 30 designs and accessories, from convenient basics to elegant holiday outfits.
“The inspiration was written on the floor,” Medine told Refinery29 at the Soho launch of the collaboration. “The inspiration for my submission to Mango came on New Year’s Eve, when I was at home in a Ski town in Europe, surrounded by college graduates from a New England university in the 1960s.”
For Medine, it was the era of fine, tight jeans and cardigans. “I wanted to combine it with European style and glamour. I really like to sleep and relax and be dressed up and stay home, “she explained. “Having a New Year’s eve party at home is the most extravagant and decadent thing to look like.”
According to Medin, it’s also an easy way for new parents to get involved in celebrating the holidays. We asked the fashion expert if her personal style has changed since becoming a mom, and she said that if anything, it’s become more pronounced.
“For me, fashion is a very important expression, and it’s not just about clothes – it’s actually a very important expression of identity in my life,” she says. “Losing my style is like losing my sense of self, and I think since becoming a mom I’ve only gotten closer to myself and become more confident, in the past, I knew who I was through fashion and my clothes.” I have a much firmer sense of who I am.”
To say that Medine turned her passion for personal style into a career would be an understatement. In addition to her website, she has collaborated with Superga, PJK, Atea Oceanie and has written a book of personal essays on the subject. One of her New York book launch parties was at Barneys New York, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year.
I’m very disappointed in the demise of Barney’s, mostly for personal reasons, because it represents a lot about growing up and what I grew up to be, “Medine said. “I really wanted to be part of the sausage-making scene in fashion. I knew it was created by people, and I wanted to be a part of it. So from that point of view, it’s bad. The retail landscape is constantly changing. I don’t think retail is going to die, I don’t think it’s going to die.”
Right now, Medine is most concerned and excited about Leandra Medine X Mango — a collection that took a total of six weeks to complete and is completely sustainable. “Mango has some important initiatives in sustainability that come from the factory they work with and everything we produce together comes from that factory,” she said.
According to Medin, some pieces fell because they couldn’t put them together in time, but the line will expand to 50 yards in Europe (Mangoes usually stop at 42). “Mango’s collection is very different, which is very important to me because Man Repeller is very inclusive,” Explains Medin. “The collection should be for everyone.”