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Tory Burch

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Tory Burch’s eponymous line is ready-to-wear, affordable and effortlessly chic. It makes perfect sense then that the designer counts Blake Lively, Katie Holmes and Rachel Roy among fans of her modern yet classic line. The designer moved from Pennsylvania to NYC shortly after college, working here and there in the fashion industry and designing in her Upper East Side apartment. She opened her first orange-wallpapered, green-carpeted, chandelier-adorned cozy boutique in 2004 in Nolita, and her wholesale launched exclusively with Bergdorf Goodman and Scoop that same year. After being featured on Oprah in 2005 as the “Next Big Thing in Fashion” Ms. Burch and her breezy yet elegant designs became an overnight sensation.

Her bohemian-prep collections of accessories, tunics, and shoes became must-have items for celebrities and common-folk alike and the ardent popularity of her designs only grew from there. Ms. Burch became a member of the CFDA in 2007, a mere three years after her line first debuted and she was recognized by the Accessories Council of Excellence that same year for her classic Reva Ballerina flat (named for her style icon, her mother). In 2008 the designer was honored as the CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year and marked her permanent place in the design set with an opening a showroom in Milan.

Realizing that her dream of launching a line of her own had become a reality, the gracious Ms. Burch decided to spread the love in 2009 with the launch of the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps American women entrepreneurs secure economic opportunities through micro-finance. The Tory Burch brand boasts locations throughout Asia, Europe and North America, and has an extensive website where fans can order anything from the line as well as see what the lady herself would wear in “Tory’s Must-Haves.” When she isn’t hard at work, Ms. Burch enjoys spending time with her three children and beau Lyor Cohen.
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