To celebrate the fall openings of Uniqlo’s new San Francisco and New Jersey stores, the Japanese brand tapped taste-makers in those regions for their new UNIQLO People Campaign, including world-renowned chefs, musicians, artists and writers.
There are a lot of notable names in the campaign–Natalie Portman‘s hubby Benjamin Millepied and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, to name a few–but our favorite by far has to be Leandra Medine, of Man Repeller fame. We were lucky enough to get the chance to stop by the campaign shoot and steal a few minutes with the ever-busy (and ever-candid) 24-year-old-blogger and writer.
Read on to find out what Medine had to say about potentially designing a collection, getting hitched (and why Internet haters made her question her engagement), and what she wants for The Man Repeller’s future.
Fashionista: How did this partnership come about?
Leandra Medine: Well I always and only ever do collaborations with brands that I would work with even if there was no compensation involved, and Uniqlo is one of my favorite, favorite brands. [The partnership] was just really easy and seamless, I was just like ‘done, I don’t even care what you want me to do.’ I just saw Uniqlo and I was like ‘done.’
Would you ever consider designing something for the brand?
Yeah, sure, I mean I imagine it would probably be really hard because if I were to design something it would proabably need to be a little outlandish and catering to the eye of Anna Dello Russo whereas Uniqlo is just really good for the basics.
What are your favorite go-tos at the store?
All the cashmere sweaters, the men’s plaids, the raincoats, the regular denim and the black denim and the white denim….
Do you have any exciting new projects in the works?
Yeah, I do have a couple but I can’t really talk about them.