Get to Know Team MR: Elizabeth, Managing Editor

The Writers | March 14, 2016

After you get to know Elizabeth, meet our Graphic Designer, Emily Zirimis and our Digital Director, Kate Barnett.

In honor of career month at Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what and how this place runs. Oh, and it runs all right. Fast. Today we introduce you to the woman who keeps its running shoes tied so that no one trips: Elizabeth Tamkin, MR’s Managing Editor and Leandra’s assistant, who has frequently called her out as “the glue that holds this place together” every time we assemble for office drinks.

What does “Managing Editor” Mean?

I manage the website’s schedule. I ensure that all elements for every story are ironed out and meet our 48-hour deadline. I also wear a lot of hats. I help style photo shoots, coordinate talent for Oh Boy and subjects for our various shoots (like the Couples project) and prop style along with Krista and Emily.

As Leandra’s assistant, I manage her schedule, which is my heaviest task during fashion months.

I also do a portion of the collages for the site along with many of the runway slideshows. I am the mouse who links to product in our posts (so you know where to get the goods!). I make sure the office is running smoothly and that no pie is left out over night — a critical responsibility, believe me.

Where were you before this?

DANNIJO. I also freelance graphic designed and was a stylist assistant, too.

What did you go to school for?

I got my BFA from New York University for Studio Art with a concentration in painting and drawing. I began making clothes my final year and started Mangle NYC, my tiny clothing line that’s still in its baby stages. I have a confirmed 9 samples done, but am aiming to get together a collection of 16. I wore a lot in my first Office Apropos.

How did you get started at Man Repeller?

I was a ginormous fan, especially during my first year in college. I did my freshman year at Bucknell University and was very, very depressed. Man Repeller was a creative outlet for me and I thought (and still think) that Leandra’s way of expressing herself through her outfit concoctions was so inspiring and self-expressive. I first met Leandra when she was visiting the DANNIJO designers, Jodie and Danielle Snyder, and was later reintroduced to her for this job.

Favorite part of your job?

It’s never boring. I like that I get to see content created from its embryonic stage to its full-blown boss stage. It grows and I help nurture it.

Least favorite part of your job?

When I wake up in the middle of the night freaking out about whether I forgot to do something. That’s pretty much on me though, because I am type-triple-A to the tenth power.

What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?

How capable I am. That I can build something, whether it’s a photoshoot, a post on Man Repeller, a fashion week presentation or an event. That I am able to help make someone else’s life easier. (At least, that’s what I try to do!)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The Queen of America should it ever become an aristocracy. Or a designer. TBD.

What’s one piece of advice you can offer to anyone who wants a job similar to yours?

Don’t take shortcuts, listen closely, be able to take criticism and always go the next step. And never sleep (just kidding).

Advice for those who have no clue what they want to do?

Ask yourself, What do I enjoy? What am I good at? Who inspires me? Looking to someone else who inspires you is a huge part of getting to know yourself.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Crowns/tiaras are acceptable in any setting. Also, if you see a pair of shoes on The RealReal, don’t hesitate. Buy them.

Tell me something weird about yourself.

Sometimes (every night) I play Candy Crush Saga or Bubble Witch into the early hours of the morning.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    I know this is a part of your job too, but I very often happen to admire your outfits, as in: A LOT.

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      rawr thank you! even my inside out sweater (oops)?

      • Krista Anna Lewis

        I still think you could have pulled it off and no one would have thought twice.

      • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

        I am sure everything is as it should be. 🙂

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      • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

        BTW I just realized yours is the ASOS jumpsuit I had to talk myself out of 3 times (need to save money) – I sure hope it’s OK that you appear to be a subliminal inspiration to a grumpy old moose …

        • Elizabeth Tamkin

          that jumpsuit is so good except it’s like a straight jacket when trying to go to the bathroom FOR REAL.

          • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

            Ouch. 😀

  • ChiefCC

    Beautiful and talented too! What an asset to MR! Love your style, Elizabeth!!!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      merci CHIEF

  • Quinn Halman
  • Allie Fasanella

    <333333

    • Allie Fasanella

      also i can totally relate to the depression thing and seeing MR as a creative outlet. i feel like i actually discovered man repeller at a time where i rly needed it

      • Elizabeth Tamkin

        It was so important for me — seriously — and I am not just saying that because I work here.

        • Amelia Diamond

          do you guys feel creeped out by me that i’m just liking your convo

          • Allie Fasanella

            100%

        • Lebanese Blonde

          Same deal. Also, I swear in college I kind of gave up on fashion because every single person at my school wore our college sweatshirt to class every single day so planning fun outfits seemed like a bit of a waste. But since graduating last year I have spent SO much time on Man Repeller and love getting dressed and it’s so #inspirational. [Also the other day I said (entirely seriously) “I think I may have become Leandra’s slave, she recommends I try something and I do it, no questions asked.” ]

      • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

        ditto, yo!

        • Allie Fasanella

          :))

  • Sarah

    I’m loving this feature! Fun to ‘meet’ the faces we see so often in posts.

    (Also, full disclosure… the first time I saw those red shoes on MR last fall, I thought they were hideous– this weekend I saw a nearly identical pair at Bloomingdales and impulsively bought and LOVE THEM. MR/Leandra/Elizabeth you are INFILTRATING MY SUBCONSCIOUS)

    • Leandra Medine

      Cooooooooooooool! I wonder what happened up in that magical brain of yours to inaugurate the shift!

  • https://therambleco.wordpress.com/ Amber

    The following makes me EXTREMELY HAPPY: “I can build something, whether it’s a photoshoot, a post on Man Repeller, a fashion week presentation or an event. That I am able to help make someone else’s life easier. (At least, that’s what I try to do!)” GO ELIZ!

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      This is how I feel every day.

      • https://therambleco.wordpress.com/ Amber

        GO KRISTA ANNA TOO while we’re at it

  • Harling Ross

    Elizabeth’s talents also include: staring into direct sunlight and still looking cool as a cuke

  • Amelia Diamond

    ELIZABETHAN ERA WINS AGAIN

  • Eva Skewes

    I’ve almost bought those red Carel shoes at least twice – have typed in CC details and everything – but I’ve managed to exercise self control each time. Love your style Elizabeth, can’t wait to see how you grow!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      I don’t want to take responsibility of a purchase or be a bad influence, but I wear them a lot and also, similar to my The Real Real shoe purchase advice — don’t lose a good thing! Then again, I am not the smartest spender. so.

      • Eva Skewes

        I waver back and forth a lot. On one side – I’m due to pay off my credit card by the end of month, something that hasn’t been in the clear for quite some time since I began my first ‘real’ job, moved, furnished an entire apartment, etc. – but on the other I know I’ll love them.

        They’re still available too, so it’s an ongoing mental torture. The heel height is perfection.

        • Elizabeth Tamkin

          Not quite a flat, not quite a heel (sung in the tune of the Britney Spears hit “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlV7RhT6zHs

        • Krista Anna Lewis

          They’re THE BEST. You’ll never regret it as long as you eventually pay off your bills.

          • Eva Skewes

            I have a freelance check due to me and that’ll go towards these! But my feet are dancing under my desk in anticipation.

      • Eva Skewes

        Mental torture over: I did it.

        • Elizabeth Tamkin

          HAHA you go girl.

          • Eva Skewes

            They came! A little loose in the heel so I’m going to add heel liners but I am in love! Don’t care about the endless Wizard of Oz comments from everyone at work either.

  • http://www.roarintwenties.com/ Aleda Johnson | RoarinTwenties

    I love these features. I’ve been following Man Repeller for years, but always forget that it takes more people that Leandra and Amelia to make it work!

    P.S. I always love your style, Elizabeth! I get so much inspo from you!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      Thank you!! There’s more of ’em coming at you, just wait.

  • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

    I wanna see more of this Mangle NYC stuff &truly hope you become Queen and/or Designer, whichever comes first. Do you love that shrimps coat? I kind of think that I need it in my life.

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      I hope I become Queen, too. Truly hope. And yes how good is that Shrimps coat?! It’s Leandra’s but I like to live in that pic as though it’s mine.

  • Hannah Cole

    I feel you about the lasso tool gurl!

  • Dr Rastafarian

    I love this.
    a) the lasso tool, much like photoshop itself, is amazing
    b) you look a lot like Amelia… as in a lot… as in the two of you could definitely pass as sisters!
    c) i also play candy crush every night and the other day on the metro someone scoffed at me all “that game is so 2013” w/e dude

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      You exposed us: Amelia and I are secretly twins that weirdly have a bit of an age difference. Only slight.

  • http://www.fracturedaesthetic.com/ Natalie Geisel

    I think it’s safe to say that your job is my dream job (plus I also have a weird obsession with making digital collages, especially ones for fashion week). Also, I love how you loved MR before you actually started working here; that truly shows that you love what you do.

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      I LOVE WHAT I DO.

  • http://behance.net/lisagoulet Lisa

    Guys!!! This series makes me want join the collage party; you are all so cooool! Also, I read MR like WAY back in the day – quite possibly its first year of existence – and returned the past few months because it is SUCH an uplifting read and I’m going through that post-grad limbo period of What the Fuck Do I Do With My Life. You are doing such lovely work.

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      Thank you Lisa! And feel you on that limbo. I think that’s the nature of the game but finding something you love so you can truly express yourself is the goal in it all, right?

  • Amoni Liddell

    After reading I immediately bought a pair of Proenza Schouler loafers from The Real Real. Thanks for the encouragement. Also hey Hannah Cole!

  • http://elegantrant.com Elegant Rant

    Oh wow!!! You knitting on the car with the MacBook ready to be of use to you at a moments whim is priceless. One of the best pics of the shoot. Thanks!!

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  • Jul Mara

    OMG someone who shares my love of TRR shoes?! they’re my guilty pleasure that I’m embarrassed to admit to because

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      No shame in this game.

  • http://www.yourestillfat.com/ You’re Still Fat

    I love your outfit in the photo where you’re casually grasping on to that barbed wire!