Burch in India, 2009 during her trip to Singapore and other Asian countries.
(1966-06-17) June 17, 1966
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, United States
|Residence||New York City|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BA)|
Chairman, CEO and Designer at Tory Burch LLC
|Known for||Tory Burch line of clothing and accessories|
|Net worth||US$1 billion (2015)|
|Spouse(s)||William Macklowe (1993; divorced)
J. Christopher Burch (1996-2006; divorced)
|Awards||2005 Rising Star, Fashion Group International;
2007 Accessory Brand Launch Award, Accessories Council Excellence Awards;
2008 Accessories Designer of the Year, Council of Fashion Designers of America
I am always interested in designing things that have a great price point attached to it.
Entrepreneurs have a great ability to create change, be flexible, build companies and cultivate the kind of work environment in which they want to work.
One of my greatest talents is recognizing talent in others and giving them the forum to shine.
I think women want to look beautiful. I think that’s an important thing. It is relevant.
Each job I had wasn’t necessarily the perfect job, but I always talk to young women about how you really have to take certain things from each job and learn from that and then move on to something you really want to do.
My biggest challenge every day is to be a great mother and a great businesswoman.
I love exploring New York and I think that’s what is so exciting about it. You find places that you’ve never heard of or seen before all the time.
When I think about fashion I think women will never lose that appetite for fashion.
I think when I was on the corporate ladder, it was very difficult to maintain the hours. It’s a little easier when you have you’re an entrepreneur.
For me, if I can design beautiful things that have the price be lower, I am thrilled.
Many people think that buying a fake product is harmless, but counterfeiting is estimated to result in annual losses of over $20 billion dollars to American companies.
Big businesses can help by engaging aspiring entrepreneurs and promoting initiatives which support small businesses from within.
My company is an extension of me, so when I designed my stores I wanted people to feel that they were in my home.
I wanted stores that would feel like a comfortable room in my apartment, cozy and colorful and different.
When I started my company, many people said I shouldn’t launch it as a retail concept because it was too big a risk. They told me to launch as a wholesaler to test the waters – because that was the traditional way.
I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, where my parents raised German shepherds – we had about 30 dogs at any given time.
I’ve been writing an ongoing letter to my children since they were born, full of recollections of their childhoods. I’ve filled two journals. It’s a great thing to do as a mother – you forget a lot as you go along, but reading over what you’ve written brings all the memories back.