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Glasseyes
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Re: First-year associate mens' clothing questions

Postby Glasseyes » Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:58 pm

parkslope wrote:
Glasseyes wrote:
VulcanVulcanVulcan wrote:Reviving a dead thread but I think it's useful.

Can some current associates comment on good briefcases to use for work? What type of bag to associates tend to bring?


Seems like a worthy starting point, and make sure to read the comments below for way more suggestions and arguments against some of the bags:

https://lawyerist.com/60015/your-briefc ... -terrible/


That is interesting. I keep on getting told to buy one of those really formal bags that cost four figures:

http://www.ferragamo.com/shop/en/usa/me ... 1233584915

Do people not actually use those? Are those for partners?

I'm curious if any current associates can weigh in with what they use and see around (NY/DC).


Not an associate yet, just someone with a lot of professional experience and friends at large firms: if i saw a junior associate carrying that Ferragamo bag I would assume he was either an asshole or a weird try-hard. It's like wearing a Rolex to a job interview; you can do it, sure, but you're making a statement by doing it.

Edited to add: which isn't to say an expensive bag is inherently bad, if that's your, uh, bag. But buying expensive branded merchandise (like that Ferragamo) usually means you're just trying to advertise how much you spent.
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Re: First-year associate mens' clothing questions

Postby skers » Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:02 pm

I have a Colson Keane, which I like a lot and is super badass. Have a billy kirk too for when I need to carry more stuff and I dig it quite a bit too.

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Re: First-year associate mens' clothing questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:52 am

I work in a leading corporate SF practice and I literally wear a tshirt and jeans every single day. fuck working in NYC biglaw.

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Re: First-year associate mens' clothing questions

Postby Jchance » Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:46 pm

Glasseyes wrote:Not an associate yet, just someone with a lot of professional experience and friends at large firms: if i saw a junior associate carrying that Ferragamo bag I would assume he was either an asshole or a weird try-hard. It's like wearing a Rolex to a job interview; you can do it, sure, but you're making a statement by doing it.

Edited to add: which isn't to say an expensive bag is inherently bad, if that's your, uh, bag. But buying expensive branded merchandise (like that Ferragamo) usually means you're just trying to advertise how much you spent.


They do say that if you are better dressed than your boss, you are becoming an eyesore in his/her eyes.

On a serious note, don't use a backpack but don't spend 4-figure on a bag, get like a Filson briefcase or something.

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Re: First-year associate mens' clothing questions

Postby parkslope » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:47 am

What's the word on wearing non-wool suits? Is that acceptable during the summer?

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Re: First-year associate mens' clothing questions

Postby blsingindisguise » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:35 pm

parkslope wrote:
Glasseyes wrote:
VulcanVulcanVulcan wrote:Reviving a dead thread but I think it's useful.

Can some current associates comment on good briefcases to use for work? What type of bag to associates tend to bring?


Seems like a worthy starting point, and make sure to read the comments below for way more suggestions and arguments against some of the bags:

https://lawyerist.com/60015/your-briefc ... -terrible/


That is interesting. I keep on getting told to buy one of those really formal bags that cost four figures:

http://www.ferragamo.com/shop/en/usa/me ... 1233584915

Do people not actually use those? Are those for partners?

I'm curious if any current associates can weigh in with what they use and see around (NY/DC).


This sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me. I'm not in biglaw but I litigate against biglaw on most of my cases, and I'm at depos and court pretty regularly, and I see so many biglaw lawyers, including a lot of partners, with totally boring, plain briefcases, nylon laptop bags, etc. I agree the backpack thing is a little too childish, but other than that I say just don't get something that calls too much attention to itself. I don't think the overly fussy, hyper-styled look is really helpful for litigators anyway.




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