Time for another edition of one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris, and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share from the Birchbox universe!
I started my career as an archaeologist [Ed. note: talk about a fun fact!], and still remember it fondly, so I keep a few trinkets on hand to remind me of the old days. The terracotta warrior (from Xi’an, China) and brass helmet (from Ephesus, Turkey) are two examples, but honestly, after all those nights in the desert, the whiskey might be a more fitting memento. It’s a wheat blend called “77”, made right here in the city by Breuckelen Distilling. It pairs smooth and spicy better than most and has quickly become my Friday favorite.
As you might expect, I write a lot
of product descriptions, so the brand partnerships team keeps my desk stocked with grooming
samples. The one downside? I can only shave once a day (though I’ve been known to double up on showers).
What do you keep on your desk?
—Nathaniel, Assistant Editor, Birchbox Man
What’s on Birchbox Staffers’ Desks: Pens, Pens, Pens
We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!
"I have a stationery obsession. I’m always on a quest to find the perfect pen AND the right combination of colors to keep on hand. I love Muji pens and accessories, and recently discovered Tiger, an inexpensive Danish brand which carries lots of pretty colors! One of my all-time favorites though, is the exclusive Swarovski pencil (shining in the background) from our first Birchbox here in Spain.”
—Cristina, editorial manager, Birchbox Spain
Another great way to find out about Birchbox Staffers? By looking inside their carry-on bags.
If you’re not familiar with today’s desk subject, you totally should be. Martin, our brilliant Birchbox Man editor, is known around the office for his witty repartee and lately, his hilarious ability to break pop-culture news. (Case in point: he was the first person to exclaim about the Tom-Kat split.) But, he’s also quickly becoming the go-to person to visit when we want to try a new product. From utilitarian tools to tropically-scented hair paste, sometimes boy stuff is just way more fun to play with. Find out why below!
1. Banana: My super filling breakfast food. I’m the rare guy who likes them with brown spots. I like to let them age for a few days on my desk.
2. Brylcreem: Great conversation starter. I don’t use it in my own hair often as it’s a little creamy for my tastes, but I love the packaging, and of course this brand coined the phrase “A little dab’ll do ya!” As anyone who knows me is aware, I’m somewhat obsessed with kitschy retro grooming products. Not to mention a great retro drugstore score.
Accounting hero Elizabeth—who you’ve met before on the Birchbox blog—is a master of productivity. Her desk, which contains not one but two monitors, may explain why. What are some of her other secrets to success? Click through to find out.
1. Double monitors: We here at Birchbox are accustomed to doing two things at once, hence the two screens! I re-purposed this massive monitor from our Tech team, and while it looks like I’m operating a spaceship over here, the dual views are very useful (and less straining on the eyes) when comparing multiple reports or reading my constant influx of e-mails.
If we had to name just one style savante at Birchbox HQ, it would have to be Emily, our ops manager. First it was her shoes we oggled over, but now it’s her desk. Who else could house four drinks in her workspace and still keep clean? Click through to read about what else Emily keeps behind the walls of her cube.
1. Polaroids from the Birchbox one year anniversary party: Such a fun party! It was so exciting to celebrate our first year and even crazier to think of how far we’ve come in our second.