According to Huffington Post lore, the following type of conversation is more than occasionally possible:
Loyal staffer #1: “How many years have you been with the company?”
Loyal staffer #2: “Well, I have four different HuffPo-issued Christmas sweaters…”
When The Huffington Post first launched, Arianna had to worry about seasonally shopping for just five people. This year, for the first time, her warm and fuzzy gifting crossed into four Yuletide digits.
“At the end of 2012, HuffPost had around 700 employees and all of them received a sweater,” Arianna explains. “This year that number has grown to a little over 1,000 together with fellows and people who touch our daily lives at HuffPost like the janitorial staff, doormen and security.”
The Xmas sweater operation now encompasses input from the site’s Style and Women’s editors. Together, the crew decides which particular items from vendors including White + Warren, J. Crew, Kenneth Cole and D.ra are best suited to different groups of employees. The black and white striped number that Ariana and several others sported at the company’s December 11 NYC company holiday party comes from L.L. Bean.
[Pictured, top (l to r): Associate editor Marcos Saldivar, Huffington, PR/Communications associate Lena Auerbuch; bottom: staff of The Huffington Post Japan]
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Ho Ho Horrendous! Seton Leads Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest