2011 March 18

Sergio Says! Weekly Musings from Marie Claire (and Beyond...)

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Last week, The Daily kicked off "The Assistant Files" with Sergio Kletnoy, the fiercest assistant to ever set foot in Hearst Tower. Want more juicy tidbits and hilarious deets on life as Marie Claire EIC Joanna Coles' gatekeeper? Every week, Chic will be checking in with Sergio about what's going on in the MC offices, the Hearst caf, and beyond.

Sunday, 12 a.m.
My week began early with a birthday roast for a friend’s dad—he’s a dentist to the stars—at the club Kiss & Fly. Before listening to some filthy jokes, I found myself on the dance floor with Julianna Margulies and (wait for it) Martha Stewart. It’s a good thing. 
Monday, 7:30 a.m.
My day always starts off with me trying on half of my closet 20 minutes before heading off for work. I settled on a Raf Simons sweatshirt, Mishka baseball cap and a fresh pair of Y-3 kicks. It was Joanna’s first day back in the office after Paris fashion week, and I had to get in early, tea in hand, as the list of new looks and accessories she had to have right NOW will be longer than usual. Sometimes I wish I could be like Bubbles, the notoriously stupid assistant on Absolutely Fabulous. But I guess I wouldn’t have lasted this long at Marie Claire if I just played dumb.
Monday, 11:47 a.m.
The best thing about working at Hearst is our cafeteria. Every single day the staff counts down the minutes until we can race to the third floor and check out the Chef’s Special. I lucked out—it was my fave, the most delicious Asian chopped chicken salad I have ever tasted. I wish to marry it.

Wednesday, 2:14 p.m.
Someone in the accessories department gave me an amazing eco-shopper by Thursday Friday. It’s a basic totebag screen-printed to look like a Birkin. Before I can send it to my mom, Joanna spied it at my desk, and it suddenly become my mission to find one for her ASAP. As it turns out, the "Together" bag already has a three-month waiting list thanks to some legal issues Thursday Friday is having with the real Birkin folks. But even a lawsuit won’t stop me from scoring one for my boss. I was determined to have it on Joanna’s desk by the end of the day and, as usual, I did not disappoint. My telephone charm is legendary. 
Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
I still really miss working in music from time to time, especially on a week when three amazing albums land on my desk: Britney, Ellie Goulding and Beth Ditto. My co-workers and I have been obsessively listening to all three on repeat for days now. Late night, my side of the office can get pretty rowdy. 
Friday, 10 a.m.
After a crazy week, the thing I’m looking forward to the most is tonight’s screening of the new documentary Bill Cunningham New York. That man is a legend and a true visionary.  All I have to do is get Joanna out the door, loaded up with copy to read over the weekend in her new Thursday Friday bag, and keep my Blackberry and iPhone on at all times over the weekend just in case THE BOSS needs me.

For a bit more Sergio in action, check out this MC vid on being an assistant... starring Sergio alongside "THE BOSS," Joanna Coles!

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