downtownfrombehind (DFB) is a photographic series capturing subjects riding their bike from behind on some 200+ streets, avenues and lanes below 14th street in New York City.

The result is an environmental portrait for each street and subject with a goal to highlight a set of individuals, emerging and established, each uniquely contributing; culturally, socially and physically, to make this part of the city what it is today.

The project has been widely covered in the press, from New York Times, Huffington Post, Coolhunting, Vogue, Nylon Magazine and many blogs (thankyou).

Subjects photographed to date include industrial designers, architects, creative directors, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, artists and academics.


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Leandra Medine, consumer, editor-at-large and Man Repeller for Downtownfrombehind.

It’s difficult not to have a small crush on anyone who happily quotes, “if it looks like a vagina, then its probably couture”. Through the infinite amount of beige content being blogged and reblogged by today’s ‘new editors’, there’s the occasional show stopper. Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner. Meet Leandra Medine, the (sometimes) lady behind cult site The Man Repeller and heavy weight champion of relevant irreverent man repelling recommendations and fashion opinion.
With more commercial collaborations than one can count, it’s clear her content has struck a chord with her forever swelling dedicated audience of tumblr, instagram, twitter, blog, slash every other digital orifice bank of followers. She doesn’t take herself to seriously, she has a point of view and she can write (well), winning.
When she’s not ‘outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex’ in ‘such garments including but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs’, you’ll find her enthusiastically propping up the local economy, favo(u)ring such brands as Proenza Schouler, and occasionally turning to the EU for support, insert Isabel Marant here.
One savvy lady, if you’re not following her this week, I’m sure you will be next.

More new Downtowntownfrombehind things here.


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