Buzzy fashion blog Man Repeller just moved into a new office in New York City — and it’s just as stylish as you’d imagine

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Man Repeller’s brand-new office in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
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Leandra Medine is a 27-year-old fashion writer who turned her blog, Man Repeller, into a high-profile business. Man Repeller’s stable of writers, artists, and social media gurus have worked in three separate offices since the blog’s launch in 2010. For its previous two offices, they enlisted the help of Homepolish, a startup that has designed spaces for other startups and homeowners, and this time was no different – Man Repeller called on Homepolish designer Elisa Shankle to help create Man Repeller’s best space yet.

Man Repeller has reeled in a devoted audience: 2.2 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and an average 53% fan growth year to year. Meanwhile, a series of high-profile brand collaborations have boosted the site’s bottom line; they’ve worked with the likes of Sunglass Hut, Fossil, NARS, and Estée Lauder.

Ahead, take a look at their previous office space compared to their newest location in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood.


Man Repeller’s last office was nearby, in SoHo. The reason for the move was simple: “We needed more space,” Medine told Business Insider.

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Medine at her desk at the old Man Repeller office.
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Sarah Jacobs

Now Medine even has her own private office, decorated with bookshelves and Gray Malin photography.

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The old office was simply one room, with the two teams divided up into two rows. The editorial team was on the left.

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Now, according to designer Shankle, there are five key spaces within the office, including two meeting rooms, a kitchen, and a lounge.

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All team meetings used to happen at the staff’s desks.

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Sarah Jacobs

Now, there’s a conference room with sound-proof glass walls for important meetings.

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The old office felt a bit more cluttered given the size of the space.

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The new office location provides lots of space to spread out. “Medine wanted me to run free with my creativity while keeping the space aligned with her brand. A hip, neutral space with hints of eccentricity became the core of the design concept,” Shankle said.

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Homepolish worked closely with AllModern for the new furniture pieces in the space. “[I wanted to make sure I] could incorporate their existing furniture in with new pieces seamlessly,” Shankle said.

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One piece that made it over from the old office: this sofa. “It was important to make sure we redefined what Medine already had and elevated it,” Shankle said.

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“Medine’s private office is probably my favorite moment in the space overall,” Shankle said. “I really like how the balance of modern and whimsy played out in the design.”

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Overall, Shankle describes the new office as quirky, retro, and chic. “Man Repeller celebrates all things girl power, quirky, and fashion oriented,” she said. “My main goal was to make sure the space embodied just that.”

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