Project Runway Winner Leanne Marshall Opens Studio in Midtown


Courtesy of Emporis
Courtesy of Emporis

Season five winner of Project Runway Leanne Marshall will be moving her design studio to Midtown, The Commercial Observer has learned.

Initially starting her runway career at the Portland Fashion Week in 2006, Ms. Marshall switched coasts in 2009, following Project Runway, to showcase her work at New York Fashion Week and around the world. Her work focuses on bridal dresses, gowns, and accessories and has designed dressed for Paula Abdul and Heidi Klum. 

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Ms. Marshall’s design studio will span 2,708-square-feet at 39 West 38th Street in the Fashion District. The loft space features exposed ceilings and windows and natural light on three sides on the 8th floor.

Okada & Company’s Ken Lerner was brought in to represent Ms. Marshall in the lease. The Eretz Group-owned building was represented by Catherine O’Toole and her colleague Stephanie Moore.

“The building is a fabulous building,” explained Ms. O’Toole. “It has all social media and tech tenants. There is also a music label owner, too. It has a really nice tenancy.”

Ms. O’Toole and Ms. Moore took over leasing efforts at the building 21 months ago. The team bordered up twelve floors and 65,000-square-feet in the team, achieving full occupancy at the building. Aside from Leanne Marshall, recent signing includes the travel tech company Plusgrade, Project Décor, and Cake Factory, a fine art and photography retouching firm who signed for a 2,898-square-foot-space last year in the building.

The asking rent for the building has ranged from the upper $20s to the low $30s with this space requesting $32 per square foot.