“When you love something, you are always going to take good care of it and cherish it.”
To describe Lina Bradford as a collector is an understatement. The New York-based DJ and talk show host’s apartment is stuffed to the gills with compilations of all kinds, from an army of Barbie dolls she’s cherished since childhood to decades of shoes – for most high heels – by designers including his bestie Brian Atwood, Christian Louboutin and John Fluevog of Vancouver.
So what better way to characterize this diva whose digital chat show is kicking off its third season this month – someone who owns a dozen Buffalo hats from Vivienne Westwood in a range of colors and has purchased a bevy of pieces. from Alessandro Michele’s first Gucci collection without hesitation?
“I’m an archivist,” Bradford says, discussing the diversity of his collections, adding that despite the volume, his space doesn’t feel like a “hoarder”. And of course, she keeps her rooms organized and well-maintained. “When you love something, you are always going to take good care of it and cherish it.”
However, it has a lot to do. There’s the volume of vintage pieces – she owns over 70 pieces of Diane Freis outfit, including the charming printed jumpsuit she donned for this shoot to coordinate with a pair of purple Atwood sandals – not to mention her stunning selection of Louboutin So Kate styles.
She started wearing the designer’s shoes after inviting her to her Paris studio two decades ago when she was becoming a household name on the DJ circuit. Initially, Bradford wore the Pigalle design, but then gave them all away to make room for her new obsession, slim So Kate. “I love a stern heel,” she enthuses.
But the question arises: how does Bradford manage to get through a night of partying while decked out in high stiletto heels or stupendous platforms?
“People ask me this all the time,” she laughs, and continues to attribute her years as a trained dancer (ballet, modern and up) for allowing her to flex her feet for hours at a time. “I’m so mentally and physically ready to be in a pump,” she says. “I have to prepare to be in an apartment. It’s a chore!
Photograph by Tatiana Katkova. Hair and make-up, James Toribio for MAC.