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Closed Taps Man Repeller Founder Leandra Medine Cohen for Fall Capsule

Consumers can expect European sensibility with dash of New York eccentricity in the upcoming collaboration between German denim brand Closed and fashion personality Leandra Medine Cohen.

Launching in October, the capsule collection will consist of six essential wardrobe pieces including a jacket, denim shirt and jeans inspired by Medine Cohen’s personal style. It will be available on and selected retailers globally.

While specific details about the garments remain under wraps, it will arrive at a time when women will be looking to rebuild their fall wardrobes for work, school and other social occasions, and perhaps step out in a new look. Though Medine Cohen is known for pattern mixing and elevating items like running shorts with designer shoes, she alludes to a more classic and effortless approach to dressing for the collaboration.

“Working with Closed on this capsule collection after over a year of having no excuse to get dressed reminded me that even through the urge to overstate myself with layers of color and fabric and print, there is absolutely nothing like the comfort of slipping into a well-made pair of jeans with a matching shirt, or the feeling of convenience and excitement in a sweater, or how much fun you can have in a pair of khaki trousers,” Medine Cohen stated. “I hope these are the clothes that support us back into the public sphere.”

Together, Closed and Medine Cohen will be donating a percentage of sales from the capsule collection to a yet-to-be-named charitable organization.

“The design process together with Leandra has felt very natural and fun on our end and we enjoyed having her involved in every aspect,” said Gordon Giers, the brand’s CEO and co-founder. “It ultimately led to a product that feels equally Closed and Leandra.”

The partnership with Closed is one of the first high-profile projects by Medine Cohen since she stepped down from her post at Man Repeller last summer, the style blog she founded in 2010. During the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, the blog faced fierce criticism over its lack of diversity and allegedly discriminatory practices. After a brief attempt to rebrand as “Repeller,” the site shut down in October.

Prior to those events, Medine Cohen was a frequent collaborator with brands and retailers. In 2019, Medine Cohen collaborated with Spanish retailer Mango on a 32-piece collection of colorful knits, jogger pants and ’70s-inspired blouses and denim. Man Repeller also teamed up with brands like Prada and Soludos and payment solutions provider Klarna on various fashion initiatives.