Tory Burch started her eponymous line in New York City at her kitchen table 16 years ago. Today, the company has more than 300 stores worldwide; and has expanded her active clothing and accessories categories in addition to her beloved clothing and accessories. “Our brand celebrates all women and encourages them to live their lives in color, embrace their aspirations as they reach for the stars,” said Burch U.S.
“Our client comes from all over the world, she loves fashion and cares a lot about humanity,” says Burch. Giving back is also very important for the designer. In 2009 she launched the Tory Burch Foundation, which promotes women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship by providing access to capital, education and digital resources.
When it comes to Hollywood, celebrities turn to Tory for classic styles with a twist. Burch describes a memorable red carpet outfit as “enhancing the individuality of a person’s character and style.” Add, “Sometimes it’s all about simplicity.”
“I always feel flattered when our looks are chosen for the red carpet,” Burch reveals. It was a remarkable moment for her Kerry Washington‘s ensemble for last year’s Met Ball. “She was wearing a tank top, skirt and rings that said ‘negativity is noise’ – my parents said that to me when I was growing up, and this wisdom has never been more important than it is now,” she recalls.
Other favorite looks include a floral dress Ava DuVernay. “Ava is one of the most exciting directors and creative minds today. Everything she does is profound, highly relevant and catches on, ”says Burch. “I was very happy that she was wearing our printed cotton dress and our Lee Radziwill bag, which was inspired by Lee, a friend whom I also admired for her great character and intelligence.” Burch also has an infinity for the road Lucy Liu styled her pieces at the designer’s fashion show in February. “The bandana scarf worn over the bandana print slot is unexpected, effortless and chic,” she muses. “I love the idea of combining timeless silhouettes like this poplin trench and a classic paisley print.”
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