Welcome back to our new column, Desk Side! Sorry, PRs, we stole your lingo and in this new feature we’ll go to the desks of some of your favorite designers, editors, stylists and assorted industry insiders to see where the magic happens–and then share it with you!
For our second column (we gawked at Pamela Love’s work space last time), we busted into Paper magazine’s offices to document editorial director Mickey Boardman (aka Mr. Mickey) in his work surroundings. We laughed a lot. Mr. Mickey, in all his polo-shirt and necklace wearing, bon-mot tweeting awesomeness is one of the most beloved personalities in the fashion biz. Read on and you’ll understand why.
How long have you been at Paper and what’s your favorite thing about your job?
I’ve been at Paper for 20 years. How insane is that? I started as an intern in April of 1992. My favorite thing about my job is that I get to work on a magazine that I’m a big fan of. It’s fun and rewarding to be involved in a product you believe in. Plus, I get to really be myself and mingle with Kim Kardashian, Marc Jacobs, socialites and gay porn stars. All my favorites!
What was your first-ever job?
I worked in an aluminum siding factory in Elk Grove Village, Illinois the summer after freshman year in college. My mother hooked me up with the job. I later worked at the Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion factory in Tomoka Estates, Florida. So I’m a real working class cutie!