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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: Christie’s has named Matthew Rubinger international director of 20th and 21st Century handbag sales for Europe and Asia, WWD has learned. An announcement is expected later this week.
Rubinger will join Christie’s in August from Heritage Auctions, where he is director of luxury accessories. He will be based in Hong Kong, and be responsible for developing the auction house’s luxury handbag business across multiple platforms, including traditional auctions, private sales and e-commerce.
“Matt has extensive knowledge in the field of luxury handbags, and together with the rest of our global team will work to bring the finest and rarest examples to our clients in Asia, [Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India],” said Cathy Elkies, head of Christie’s 20th and 21st Century design departments.
Rubinger, whose position is new, will be starting up the handbag department in Asia, and will be working alongside the Christie’s team in South Kensington, London that oversees handbags and vintage fashion. Christie’s sells vintage handbags — and Hermès in particular — at online auctions, and a spokeswoman said there is much more potential in the market.
Rubinger graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 with a BA in European History. He spent his high school and college years buying and selling luxury handbags out of his bedroom and educated himself about the luxury merchandise, according to Christie’s.