The Blazer, The Launch Party, The Recap

Leandra Medine | November 18, 2011
I know it may seem like I am trying to wipe you clean of your cash money with these abundant design collaborations but that is not in fact the case. I’m just in it to have blazers inscribed with neon letters that read, “Love, the Man Repeller” on the inside (see below,) or dresses with dropped waists that make me look like a log (I stole this log sentiment from a commenter yesterday, it was a good one.) Or…you know, shoes that look like they are in a perpetual state of peace a la acupuncture. Still, I can see why you may think I am doing the former. It’s been a full week of pretending I’m a designer and gleefully living to tell about it. Last night marked an event that would celebrate the aforementioned neon letters.
See, neon! In cahoots with Alex & Eli to help them celebrate their Tailor Shop, I designed a dark green wool-crepe blazer with navy suede sleeves and neon inscriptions on the interior. I fought with myself back and forth about having the inside say “Love, The Man Repeller” or “Lady Boner” but then I realized that if I ever hear the term lady boner again I will probably slit my own wrists so I did what would prevent the slitting of my wrists and went with Love, TMR. The silhouette (butt length) was inspired by Stella McCartney and the body’s material, (wool crepe,) inspired by an old Carven jacket I have and lurve and nurture like a newborn baby. Aside from the obvious fun detail: suede sleeves that make wearing vests fun again, there’s one that’s more fun, and that is: hairy balls for zippers!
See what I mean? See what I mean? These will make for great conversation and while to the naked eye this jackets seem an opportunity to repel, it may in fact induce adverse effects. See: “Man I love these hairy balls.” On to the fun now: last night the Alex & Eli girls and myself hosted a party at Soho House’s library to celebrate the launch.
We pre-produced a whole bunch of blazers and sold them at the event. Drunk shopping is an interesting experience, I learned this last night and now salute Apple for planting a store smack a mid meatpacking district wanderers. Nothing says “shit, this night was awesome!” like a brand new iPad, iPhone or iMac. They don’t call it the genius bar for nothing, eh?
Me with the Alex & Eli girls. Blazer in the flesh, blazer in the flesh.
Sorry, I just can’t stop flashing my signature. It’s a weird thing to have your own name be sewn into your jacket…even weirder to recognize your own name as “The Man Repeller.” DANNIJO comes to support the other end of another birth canal separated from her mother’s.
Party comers shmooze and try on jackets. That’s pretty much all they do, shmooze n’ try, try n’ shmooze. One antisocial unicorn–and when I say unicorn–I mean horse with cob of corn on center of head acts anti-social on her telephone toward the right hand side of this screen. We’re looking at you, Amelia.
jeans: Levi’s, t shirt: A.L.C., blazer: Alex & Eli x Man Repeller, clutch: Rebecca Minkoff. Photos via Guest of a Guest
And alas…it ain’t a Man Repeller post without an outfit photo. Right? Here, please find me leaning against the Timberland knockin’ Burberry jacket wearing photo freak, Aram Bedrossian, to show him my sweet Christian Louboutin sample sale find. Never produced shiny turquoise pumps with back chain. $200. Aram asking me if they’re Alaia? Priceless. Mainly because he’s so straight, it’s weird. Finally, I offer this, should you find yourself interested in obtaining one of the jackets, have a click here. It retails for $535 but regardless of whether you take the plunge or not, I love you. Happy weekend! See you Sunday?
  • What is Reality Anyway?

    I need that. leather sleeves, come on!

  • In Jackie’s Shoes

    So, will you be a full-time designer sometime soon? At this rate, it's inevitable. And I'm fully waiting on the MR handbag you teased us about yesterday.

    I love that everywhere I go I'm seeing the Man Repeller– Calypso, WWD, Polyvore, Dannijo, etc., etc. I can't get enough repelling straight from the source! May the repelling go on and on and on and…

  • Britt+Whit

    love it! how exciting! congrats, def the perfect blazer!

    love from San Francisco,

  • Jennifer

    oh my god, i love your hairy balls. i am a poor student, but if i win the lottery tomorrow i will buy that jacket immediately x

  • Anonymous


    The jacket – and THE BALLS – are totally covered in AWESOMESAUCE!


  • Style Croissant

    I have to say, I may have critisized your dress yesterday but this blazer is GORGEOUS !! I like the special man repeller details like the hairy balls. I only wish it was cheaper but, oh well, it's nice to look at 🙂
    great job !

  • indie.electronic.alternative.

    please don't retired lady boner. it's my favorite. that jacket is amazing. i will not be making the $535 splurge. make me something for $150 and i'll buy two of them. and stop with the "pretending to be a designer" schtick. you know you're good at it 🙂

  • Caitlin

    Love the neon branding!! Sweet idea! Have a great weekend!


  • Molliee

    looks like a blast and wish I could have been there!!


  • Tammy Trujillo

    You. Are. The. Best. Pure awesomeness all around.

  • Christina of profresh style


  • Xoxo ☺

    Fabulous! Xo


    It's amazing I love the neon "love, the man repeller"! pretty expensive, I wish!

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  • Jasmine Nicole

    I love the hairy balls 🙂

  • Carmo

    hairy balls.. genius! 😉 great blazer 😉

  • Carla

    1 – congrats, love the jacket. 2- your wit is off the charts. Just sayin – credit should be given where credit's due. Laughed out loud on the train upon reading "butt length."

    Carla (

  • Tori

    So cute! I love the logo inside!!

  • Augusta

    AAHHH neon letters + blazer!!! I feel a DIY coming on…..

  • Our Youth

    Ahh, haha. I love your blazer!

  • Teresa

    Wow, loving the suede sleeves! Neon signature amazing also, I'm starting to wonder if I could personalise my own clothes in a similar fashion…

  • The Fancy Teacup

    That dual-toned blazer is gem. The personalized touch is the cherry on top. x

  • Musings by Di

    wow, what a great blazer! I love all the nifty details.
    who knew…balls on zippers on a blazer. very coooool~
    If only I had a disposable income, I would totally buy this darling jacket!
    love where you're going with everything and what you're doing :DDD
    xoxo Diana

  • Michelle Lee

    Amazing blazer

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  • james

    On the Hanukkah list for night #1. What are the lace up's in the first shot?

  • vanillachic

    amazing blazer!! I want one I want one I want one!!

  • Cookie
  • Anonymous

    That looks hot, hairy balls and all. I just wondered, why don't you do a green fashion collaboration or outfit? Hemp underwear is a great way to repel:)

  • anne marie

    Congratulations !! I love the jacket and your shoes (as usual !!!!)
    You're very very beautiful !!!

  • Jacqueline

    You did such a great job on that blazer -ME WANT!

    Love, Jacqueline from Mannequin de Vitrine

  • karina


  • Feelgoodlookcute

    I love your DIY blazer!!!!!!!! It's soooo cute!

  • mycloset

    That is a piece of art! wowwwww! Want it badly!!!
    The Man Repeller rocks!!

  • ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    loooove it!!!!Want it!!:D

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  • Raspberry and Rouge

    That is so cool! XO Rebecca


    Blazer looks amazing. Perfect hit of neon!
    You must be so proud.


  • YoUngLiNgToN

    Love it. And how happy do you look?! 🙂 Can't wait for the party tomorrow!


  • Anonymous

    where are the metal-toed shoes from in the photos outside the met??

  • jessica

    shoes and jacket are hot!

  • MarisaGray

    the only thing bad that ever happened to neon was john mayer singing it. this blazer fing rocks. xx

  • Ashley

    "Genius bar" ahahahaha you're too much! Would love to have one of your blazers. Very well designed!

  • The life after

    These pics are so much fun! Your blazer is super.

    The Life After

  • Serea

    Somedays, I wear exactly like you right now. love Jackets and highels with jeans 😉

  • Sabina

    Wow congrats on the jacket design–so exciting. And the party looks like it was fab.

  • Habiba. J

    WOW, that jacket is incredible. I love the "hairy balls" and the the two tone and the color. It's perfect, you should probably do a collabaration where it can be affordable for anyone. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

  • jas

    awesome jacket! can't afford 🙁
    looovveee the shoes! what a great bargain!

  • samantha erin

    I sure do wish I had that much money laying around…

  • thefashionguitar

    Really nice blazer!! Did the DIY with the split jeans, thanks for the inspiration!

    XO Charlotte

  • Henna Bagga

    Wish I could afford the blazer…
    Killer heels!

  • Anonymous

    next time make something more affordableeeeee! (and make lots of ur fans happy 😀 :D)

  • Katarina Devine

    Omg that blazer is great!!! Totally made the christmas wish list! <3


  • Style Dilettante

    Oh my – how I wish I'd been wearing that when I feasted on balls last Tuesday. (My friend has a gourmet meatball truck… nothing sexual implied!)

  • Guenda

    lovely photos! I like them! 🙂

  • deanna christine

    beautiful, happy photos!

  • Angel Nicole

    highway robbery

  • The Foolish Aesthete

    Cool jacket design. Love that there is a secret inscription on the inside, like a private joke.

  • Anonymous

    Love your design and creativity… suede sleeves, neon writing, furry balls..
    it's pure awesomeness… yes, it's expensive but nothing is cheap nowadays so : two thumbs up!!!
    congrats, you are amazing

  • Anonymous

    I like. Can't afford, but like all the same. Are the "hairy balls" detachable? Sorry. Had to ask.
    (And asking about taking the balls off is a total man repeller, right?)

  • Ella

    such a great blazer! i love the design, from the navy blue tasseled pom-poms to the lime green words on the inside!

  • Vasilieva

    that blazer looks super cool, loved the neon inscription

  • Anonymous

    L O V E

  • Chelsea

    That jacket kills! And the rat rail/bow tie beside it…also killer. You rock.

  • Beth

    I'm starting to tire of this blog being a commercial for things you've done.

  • Trips & Treasures

    The jacket is great, very original
    but simple enough to wear often
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Collections

    Love the blazer and drunk shopping is a huge no no hahaha.

    Fashionable Collections

  • Melissa

    I want that jacket!

  • Nahar & Nazia

    SUCH a cute blazer. and i love the neon lettering 8)

  • Aubrey and Melissa

    Neon branding is so perfect for something designed by you. Loving this!

  • Petey

    Ah, from blogger to logger, all thanks to one red dress! This is MUCH better – love the mix of fabrics, colors, and length. Not sure about the hairy balls, they might be like big cat toys attached to your wrist and grow irritating after awhile. But the jacket and the Loubs, rocking!

  • Picky C

    Oh I love you and your blog! Hugs from India!! xxx

  • Do You Desire?

    i really and truly love the jacket!! wish i had the spare change lying around 😉 GREAT JOB GIRL!

  • Caitlin Anne Nelligan

    you made reality out of the jacket i've been dreaming of all fall… (i hadn't reached the hairy balls part in my daydreams, but total kudos on that one).

    is there aaaany chance you could do a giveaway for one of thee jackets?? if i begin saving now, i may be able to afford one in july. sweat plus suede = depressing.


  • Lea

    ohhh your own designed jacket!!! i want to do this too. the pics are nice..! i like your style to do things 😀


  • Amuna

    Amazing blazer! Love it!!

  • Alison

    love love love the blazer!

    <3 Alison

  • Lisa

    I love guys wearing Timberlands. Oh and that blazer is beyond amazing! Haha only you could come up with neon letters on the inside of a blazer. Love it.

    Love, Lisa

  • ADJ

    I am loving this blazer. What a great idea and how inspiring. Really wonderful.

  • Amy

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!! I think I might have a bit of a girl crush as well. You are my style inspiration. I have sent your Mr. G. Blazer to everyone I know.. I will be sporting it by the holidays!!!! Thank you for sharing your great style and humor

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

    I actually really like the jacket you designed. My friend has this hair tie from Japan that has furry balls on them, so whenever she wears it, we make tons of ball jokes! XD

    I wish I had a straight guy friend that I could talk fashion with. Actually, he doesn't have to be straight. I just want a guy friend that I can talk fashion with.

  • Anonymous

    your blazer is beautiful and very functional
    and the shoes…. outtathisworld!!

  • Laetitia

    What I love is your necklace! Beautiful!

  • The little world of fashion

    This blazer is amazing!

  • Farhaaa

    Love the blazerr!!!!

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  • luvvleighb

    Love that you put your signature inside the blazer! Perfect!

  • Anonymous

    where can i find CL sample sales in NY?

  • takeachicpill

    love the blazer you designed, so interesting and cool!:)

  • Leonie

    I love your Necklace 😀 from which Brand ?xx

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Can you puhhleasee do an eyebrow tutorial!? Because I seriously love the look of yours!!

  • Hayley Campbell

    LOVE the hairy balls, excellent choice!

  • Whitney Soup

    hahaha great jacket

  • beckymonster

    i'm digging the blazer, but it's the necklace that i want!

  • Kimberly Taylor

    Such an amazing night! LOVE the collaboration!!!

  • LA RUE

    BEautiful Jacket! Congrats on this really cool experience!

    Dlight from Paris
    LA Rue A Du Style

  • fashionprose

    I'm blazer and jacket obsessed… this is absolutely amazing. FUCKING NEED IT!

  • Lucy

    You should probably send me a blazer for free. No joke I would wear it everyday up in this SLC bitch.

    Seriously. I'd prolly take a 2 unless the shoulders are really snug.

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