I had a huge dilemma two fortnights ago. Apparently the PR company where I was interning at wants me to help out for a luxury watch event. And that was when it suddenly dawned on me that I've been a little tad too 'flashy' for an intern. I mean, which intern goes around toting the latest designer bag, with a pair of Chanel studs (with a ring to boot) and even carries a Mont Blanc La Donna edition pen with her wherever she goes? Apart from the label enthusiast colleague who sits just a few cubicles away from me, and the posh Brit who carries a Birkin, most of the ladies (and gents) in my company make do with a simple tote. And that got me a little startled - am I going far too overboard with all these designer goods?
A very close friend of mine whom I'd confided in retorted me with a rather sharp answer:
"I normally take my miu miu/mulberry/ferragamo bag on a daily basis but no one really cares? Cos at least in my office most of the ladies carry designer bags. And it's in the office dress code to wear a suit everyday so you don't ever look dressed down."
Ah, that seems to make sense now. When I first started interning at an internationally-acclaimed fashion magazine, the interns there have no qualms carrying the Alexa or a PS1 satchel. Heck, I even personally know of someone who wears a Hugo Boss suit for his interview/internship. And that of course, I also know of mere acquaintances who are totally fine with lugging their Birkins (yes, just 21 and they already own an Ostrich Birkin, thank you very much) to the financial institutions that they were interning at. And then again, who can forget that infamous Singaporean intern who posted on an online forum, asking if it's okay for her to lug her mini Birkin to the law firm where she's interning at.