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Rare Finds

For this modern woman, vintage shopping is all about the mix

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Dressing up: At Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Abigail Rutherford pairs a Courreges dress with a Chanel handbag and a Gap turtleneck.

Earlier this year, 26-year-old Abigail Rutherford was hired as the head of vintage couture at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers with a little help from her mom, but not in the way you think. “I heard Leslie Hindman was having a private tour of its upcoming vintage auction goods for Platinum members of Gen Art Chicago, so I took along my mom and wound up teaching her all about the history of the clothes.” An art history major and Vogue buff, Rutherford was also taking fashion courses at the International Academy of Design at the time. Her knowledge so impressed the people at Leslie Hindman that she ended up landing a job interview.With her first auction now behind her, Rutherford knows which items she likes to watch sell. “The Hermès Birkin bags, absolutely. Once the bids hit $20,000, I start sweating."Rutherford Styles It

Since Rutherford has vintage shoppingdown to a science, we asked her how she would wear thesepieces from a recent auction. The heartbreaker? They’ve already been sold, but the next auction is on September 26th. (For a preview, see www.lesliehindman.com.)

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