10 Things I Learned About Leandra From Her Vogue Closet Tour

And I know her personally!


While scrolling the news this morning, I found out that Facebook is creating fingerless typingZayn has a new music video, Starbucks employees are having Unicorn Frappuccino-induced meltdowns and Leandra Medine did a closet tour with British Vogue. I really did find it that way, this video of my boss and colleague whose elbow I squeeze on special occasions, nuzzled in my RSS feed with Zayn and unicorn food. It was published three days ago; I was the 71,808th person to find it! It almost slipped by all of us unnoticed. What a little sneak she is.

Just the other night I was telling Leandra that my first exposure to her and Man Repeller was some story she’d written about her closet in 2011. I remember wanting to frolic among her clothes when I read it. Like in my free time. And today was no different. Is that creepy? I know her now and still want to dig through her closet on the low. I hope she doesn’t read this. Anyway, I learned a lot about her in this video — weird, since I sit 10 feet from her. Vogue must sweet-talk her better than I do. Below I’ve outlined these new discoveries for your snoop-inclined perusal.

Discovery #1. She doesn’t shop to find things. Instead, she waits for things to find her. She plays hard-to-get with clothes, which is a bold move I could never pull off.

Discovery #2. There is a printer in her closet. I’m not even going to ask her why because I want it to remain a fun mystery.

Discovery #3. She plans her looks ahead of time, but never ends up wearing them. This one’s particularly funny since I know that planning outfits in her head is one of her favorite pastimes.

Discovery #4. Sometime she wears her red-and-purple raffia skirt by Stella Jean when she’s having a hard day and doesn’t want us to know it or doesn’t even want to know it herself.

Discovery #5. In her ideal world, she’d only own 15 items of clothing. This can’t be true!!! Could it???

Discovery #6. She has fuzzy pink shoes that look like pillows I would nap on.

Discovery #7. When she doesn’t have time to think of an interesting look, she adds a massive flower brooch to whatever she’s wearing. What I do know is she bought that thing on Amazon for $3.

Discovery #8. She prefers matching over clashing. This one knocked me right out.

Discovery #9. She can’t help but prefer uptown to downtown, which is surprising since I happen to know she harbors a real passion for downtown dumpsters.

Discovery #10. Her closet is just a room full of clothing racks. I’ve been to her apartment and didn’t even know this room existed! It’s like Narnia. I feel robbed.

Leandra. Founder of Man Repeller. Woman of mystery. Now I’m going to hurry up and publish this before she finds out I wrote it.

Photo by Krista Lewis.

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  • Leandra Medine



    • Leandra, you should do a post on the 15 things you would have in your ideal closet and what other things are keeping you from doing it… or something like that. Cuz I wanna know; does the Stella Jean skirt make the cut??

    • Eduardo Martinez

      Hi Leandra, i think Man Repeller should start moving into video format, you guys have such a lovable and hilarious personalities that will engage even more with people, this is like when a good book hits the stores and then they become a really succesful movie.

  • Basil

    Since she offered, I would LOVE to share Leandra’s wardrobe, particularly the shoes.
    I think they should do a corresponding video of Abie’s closet. I have a strong suspicion he doesn’t have his own clothes room, and it features multiple button down shirts and polos

  • Paula

    And Haley, thanks (I think) for sending me down the rabbit hole of watching multiple wardrobe videos.

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    LOL. This was pretty funny! And I too prefer matching to clashing. I also REALLY like wearing all one color – but only with neutrals

  • Kimberley Boehm

    Thank you for this piece. I needed it after the dis on Hawaii (it is a STATE! I went there on my honeymoon and I didn’t need a passport).

    • Alexis Lagos

      She is so cute

  • Haley…I’m spooked!

  • Kay Nguyen

    How do you let your clothes to find you? I’m very curious <3


    • Hellbetty666

      Charity shops. Second hand shops, car boot sales and jumble sales. Browse and the right thing will find you (the Welsh call this “chwilota”). After a bit your senses become so finely tuned you can walk into a charity shop and instantly know “there is something in this shop for me”
      My experience anyway 🙂

  • Alexandra Queiroz

    I love when an amazing item of clothing finds me! It’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

  • Merrynell

    Boob brooch!

  • Grace B

    Whaaaat you did a closet tour and Bay Garrett wasn’t involved???

  • Okay, Leandra…I think the jig is up! You are really a stand up comedian, aren’t you? Your too hilarious and I want to see a video of you everyday! Please tell me more about everything in your life, because it’s people like you that bring out my true self. <3


  • Hannah Betts

    It wasn’t enough for me. I wanted MORE. Can’t we go through said wardrobe piece by piece?

    • Hellbetty666

      I second this

  • doublecurl

    “there’s something really freeing about not having too may belongings” said in room that exists for sole purpose of housing belongings (still <3 u)

  • Very interesting. We got shop to find things generally.

  • Ellie

    Purleeeeeeeeeeeeeeaseeeeee give us an extended closet tour

  • elpug

    I love all of this

  • Eve Oswald

    It’s 12 I need to get up in 6 hours.. oh hey look it’s a video about Leandras wardrobe!!!! And just like that Man Repeller has sucked me in again.

    You owe me coffee tomorrow

  • Masi Dkn

    Don’t ask me how I know that (I think I spend way too much time on your gorgeous website) but there is a printer because it used to be/was supposed to be/still be Abby’s office. Voilà.