25 May 14:30-17:45 (GMT+8)
- History of Collecting Handbags | Sara Mao
- IT Bags over the Decades: Major Designers and Trends | Sara Mao
- The Hermes Market – An Alternative Asset Class | Winsy Tsang
- Handling Session – Authenticating and Differentiating Leathers and Exotic Skins | Winsy Tsang
*Schedule and topics are subject to change.
Vice President, Head of Handbags & Accessories, Christie's Asia Pacific
Winsy Tsang holds the role of Head of Sale for Christie’s Hong Kong Handbags & Accessories department. Based in Hong Kong, Winsy’s primary responsibilities include business getting, client advisory and market analysis to facilitate the growth of this rapidly expanding category in the region.
Before taking up her current role at Christie’s, Winsy was in charge of Merchandising at Louis Vuitton, overseeing its Leather Goods and Accessories business in North Asia. Winsy brings over 15 years of valuable experience in the luxury handbag field as a product specialist and buyer, and applies these skills to the curation of market enhancing sales while at Christie’s.
Winsy graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and holds a bachelor degree in Economics and Finance.
Director, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific
Sara Mao is the Director for Christie’s Education in Asia Pacific, overseeing the development of programmes and partnerships across Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. Sara joined Christie’s in 2008 and was appointed Specialist Head of Sale for Chinese Modern Paintings in 2015, and then as Director for Christie’s Education in 2018.
Sara has curated over ten seasons of auctions for some of the most iconic paintings in the field of Chinese paintings, nurturing client relationships with seasoned collectors and new buyers, and leading the growth of the category through securing consignments globally for auction and private sales. She was responsible for spearheading record-breaking sales of Fu Baoshi’s The Song of the Pipa Player for HKD204.8 million, and Zhang Daqian’s Ancient Temples Amidst Clouds for HKD102.4 million, in 2017.
Bringing her specialist experience to education, she currently leads programmes in Asian Art, Art Business and Luxury Connoisseurship, with a focus on Women Artists and Art & Tech. She was the curator for Christie’s Art + Tech Summit “Mixed Realities” in 2019, and co-convenor for Christie’s Education’s first online academic conference “The Chinese Art Market”, in 2020.
Sara is also an auctioneer for Christie’s, supporting numerous charity auctions including Save the Children, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation (SNG), and others.
After receiving her B.A. in Philosophy & English Literature at the University of York (UK), Sara acquired her Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School (UK) and a Master of Letters in History of Art and Connoisseurship, with a concentration in Chinese art, from Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow.