Betsey Johnson Is Adding Malibu to the Mix

Upping the West Coast cool grandma stakes.

Mickey Boardman, the editorial director of Paper magazine, tweeted earlier this week that he had ‘SO much fun doing my interview with the legendary @xoBetseyJohnson.’ That playfulness comes through loud and clear in the published Q&A.

Boardman sat down with Johnson at Esca, shortly after the designer accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In the event video, above, she talks about how key New York has been to it all, but with time (and grandchildren), things can change:

“I’m going to be bicoastal, which is great because the Malibu market has more f*cking fashion and uniqueness and health and grooviness. It’s a very inspiring place. I’m buying a Mini Cooper. It’s a little car and I never want to go on the highway, [although] I’ll go on the PCH because it’s straight and I know where to go. To be honest, I hate California, and I do not like the earthquakes. Malibu is strange. A couple of old surfer dudes looked at me, and I looked back at them and thought, Wow. This is the first time that I’ve had any communication with a man outside of being “Betsey Johnson” in New York City.

Ha ha. Be sure to check out Johnson’s scanned, hand-written answers at the bottom to Boardman’s broadsheet. We were particularly happy to see her shout-out for Zihuatanejo, which remains one of the great and most proximate American expatriate communities.