If you ever meet Andrea Linett, chances are you’ll want to single-white-female, oh, everything about her. Thankfully, she doesn’t think that sentiment’s creepy: She named her blog I Want to Be Her to celebrate that girl-crushing we all do. Why else is she just the coolest? She co-founded Lucky, has consulted for eBay, and most recently joined forces with her childhood best friend—designer Anne Johnston Albert—on Jolie Laide, a line of bags and (perfect) tees. Plenty more reasons to sweat her below. —mattie kahn
Q: So, who was the first woman who made you think: I want to be her?
A: My babysitter Francine. She was French, she had hair down to her ass, and she probably wore hip-huggers and, like, a little scoop-neck, cap-sleeve tee in my mind. She drove a convertible. I was really little, but I remember thinking, “Wow, she is one cool chick.”
Q: Since you work with your best friend: What is the secret to a great partnership, would you say?
A: I think that we respect each other. We’ve been like sisters since we were fourteen. I just think you have to have mutual respect and understanding. I think that’s really the key. Plus, we have the same taste, so that helps.
Q: Who is the most glamorous woman you know?
A: The most glamorous woman I know is Linda Dresner. She doesn’t give a shit about what anyone thinks and always looks super cool in her leather hot pants—she’s got legs!—and her signature head bandana. And her house and everything she owns is incredible.
Q: Walk us through your weekend uniform.
A: My weekend uniform is one of my Jolie Laide T-shirts. Of course I have to plug Jolie Laide, but it’s true. They only come in black and white, so I’ll wear one of those and either my black Trash and Vaudeville plain jeans or a pair of AG Jeans that I’ve had to patch several thousand times and, in the summer, No.6 platform clogs. I have three pairs. I wear them so much they’re actually disgusting. And in the winter, I always, always, always wear a pair of ankle boots. It’s either Rick Owens or Ann Demuelemeester or Acne or Martin Margiela.
Q: Good collection!
A: Yeah, I know, right? Then once it gets a little colder usually I’ll wear a vintage Wrangler denim jacket. And I don’t leave home without a scarf ever—even in the summer. Air conditioning is an assault when you least expect it. I always have a scarf in my bag. Always.
Q: What is your favorite indulgence?
A: Reflexology. I’m obsessed with it. If I’m feeling flush, I’ll go to Angel Feet, which is like the Rolls Royce of reflexology places. Otherwise, I go to a place called Tell Mama on East 6th Street—it’s totally bare bones, but it’s like $40 for an hour. You lie on a table, and I have a special mix on my iPod. I just put it on—it relaxes me—and I kind of pass out listening to that while I get my reflexology. I’m telling you, there’s nothing more relaxing. It’s my favorite thing in the world. If I were a rock star, I would do it every day.