Bradley Bayou is one of those rare people that find balance where life oscillates between need and purpose. He is a unique practitioner in the competitive art of real estate development, and has a fascinating story where fashion and design play the leading roles. The outdoor lounge, with David Sutherland daybed and chairs in front of a vintage fire pit from Mix Furniture, overlooks the stunning view of Los Angeles.
The 1980s were roaring in Los Angeles and as an MBA graduate, Bayou was launching his career in commercial real estate. However, almost by accident, a 25-year career in fashion began with a hand- painted vest he designed at the age of 33 that was picked up by Fred Segal, which at that time was the hottest boutique in town. With women scrambling to purchase their own Bayou Vest, Neiman Marcus knocked with an offer to design a custom women’s collection and from there a couture collection. All the while, he within continued to purchase and design homes for both himself and friends.
Today, having flipped over 30 homes, Bradley is confident about what he delivers. “The training in fashion for 25 years gave me a lot of experience and the ‘eye’ to understanding fabrics. It was an integral part of this new phase. I couldn’t have done it without that experience,” says Bayou. The family room and bar feature Mid-century finds.
“I don’t go beyond function until I am ready” Bayou says with the natural ease of someone who does not need to rationalize his method. “Once I get the function right and the floor plan is entirely livable then I start the design process. It has to be 360 degrees of perfection and balanced. Just like a woman in one of my dresses.” In the bedroom a Bayou bed is flanked by Denman Design bronze plated and lacquered wood side tables.