AT HOME WITH MICHAEL PHILLIPS MOSKOWITZ
The Chief Curator of eBay
invites us to his Soho home - a menagerie of rare collectables scoured online, alongside a growing collection of fine art.
Chief Curator - a newly minted position at eBay
, and perhaps the most enviable title in all of e-commerce. The honor belongs to Michael Phillips Moskowitz - founder of the men's curatorial website Bureau of Trade. Prized for searching deep within online marketplaces like eBay, uncovering their most covetable collectables, and pairing each with clever, pointed narratives, it seemed fitting when eBay acquired The Bureau in 2013, adopting Michael as its inaugural Head of Curation.
With a deep cultural knowledge, rare wittiness, and an individual, yet time-honored sense of style, few could wear such a title as well as Mr. Moskowitz. Intensely passionate about forging human relationships with meaningful objects, he holds a deep, genuine respect for the richness of eBay's unparalleled assortment. An avid customer, even long before his days at the company, he's assembled a remarkable collection of rare objects, ranging from a 19th century matador suit to a fully-collapsible military campaign desk, largely scoured from the annals of eBay.
These objects are masterfully placed within Michael's awe-inspiring Soho apartment - a stage now shared with his growing collection of fine art.
A newfound hobby afforded by his recent successes, Michael's gallery wall includes works by Mark Flood, Matt Chambers, Jeff Zilm, Kasper Sonne, Stefan Behlau, Guy Yanai and Misaki Kawai - names of growing prominence in the contemporary art world.
But despite his natural erudition and admitted privilege, Michael doesn't take himself too seriously, or his advantages for granted. Genuinely humble and kind-hearted, we've really enjoyed getting to know Michael since meeting him through a mutual friend several months ago. An earnest proponent of fellow entrepreneurs, Michael generously offers his advice, relationships and encouragement to support those who share a similar sense of vision. During our recent visit to his home, he candidly opens up about his imperfect past, while admitting that his success, like in most cases, came from a fortunate combination of hard work, and quite honestly, luck.
Take a peek inside Michael's mesmerizing Soho apartment, and learn his tricks of the trade for navigating the treasure troves of eBay.