Let me tell you, Bergdorf’s is not just a, “store”. It’s my home. And not just because I spend most of my hours either there or talking about it, but because it is a one stop shop.
BG has a cafe (Goodman’s), the BG restaurant and lil sweets bar/cafe on 5F. I have had the pleasure to heartily dine at each. And it’s all very good- croissants, fruit, little pastries, delicious meaty dinners, mini quiches, quality coffee, you name it. My favorite part is that BG only serves Voss water- that water that comes in those glass tube containers. Tap water is sooo been-there-drank-that .. and I love it.
pretend I’m shopping
I often have small moments of downtime when I am waiting for a specific store associate or waiting for a response on an issue from my supervisor. So having the “do more. as soon as possible.” mindset and standing in an enormous store, I try stuff on! Favorite sections include: the Celine handbag section, the 5F sale section, the Beauty Level and the Burberry trenches.
Theory (sale) blazer on 5F,
still out of my price range but it’s nice to imagine.
Also: shoulder pads. boom.
Fun story actually about the Celine handbag section: I was once there waiting for a floor manager and put this bag on my arm, casually foreseeing my rich future when I would own it
I know, I know. It’s so beautiful.
Anyway, when I went to put it back on the shelf a man standing nearby says, “excuse me, can you do that again?”. Wasn’t imagining this to be my first high fashion modeling experience, but hey I’ll take it. Turns out he was looking for a Valentine’s Day present for his wife and was having trouble deciding what bag to buy her so I got to gush about my personal love for the bag and then he bought it! Great because I helped make a sale, terrible because it was the last one in the store. Side note: Sir, marry me? What a good husband.
Cue the cheesefest! No but really, I love the people who work in the store. I don’t know why I underestimated how many people work there but its easily 200, probably more. And sales associates inherently have friendly outgoing personalities so we get along grand! The security people on the other hand, let’s just say I’m breaking through their tough exterior through my irresistible charm.
see famous people
Celebrities I’ve seen casually browsing the store include: Chelsea Handler, Nicki Hilton, Reese Witherspoon and Vivica Fox. Our special events also bring in lots of famous people as well- which you’d already know if you’ve been reading this blog.
As an intern, I am at the bottom of the food chain. The store is one of the places I get to exercise some form of power- usually over the customers. For example, for the Louboutin event I did a lot of the guest check-in and had to turn away crazy people trying to use fake names. However, some people in the party were just as crazy- one middle aged (and I’m assuming/hoping tipsy) woman slapped my butt when I told her I was part of the BG FBI. Yeesh.
while i’m at it, exercise
The store is roughly 120,000 sq ft. That’s a lot of walking.
navigate unseen territory
The store is spacious and lavish, but unfortunately the stockrooms do not mirror this. While doing pulls I often go to stock rooms to find the correct merchandise. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve gotten lost before and have asked for help many times. The shoe stockroom is especially treacherous.
So… why would I go home when I could just go to BG? Well for starters, it closes at 8pm.