I became aware of Tory Burch some years back when I read about her spectacular apartment in the Pierre Hotel and the launch of her first retail store at 257 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.
Since I’m always interested in entrepreneurs and how they live and work I decided to take a walk down to Elizabeth Street and see the new boutique. When I saw it, the word that came to mind was “dazzling”. The store stood out from its surroundings because of its polish and sophistication. I was stunned by the glamorous tangerine orange front door and the smart interior.
The smashing orange door at the Tory Burch store
There’s been a lot written about the soaring success of Tory Burch but one of the best pieces I’ve read recently is by Rob Haskell. It appeared in Vogue magazine, August 2015 with photographs by Bruce Weber.
The profile starts with a great photograph of Burch taken with her six children: (three sons and three stepdaughters) at her Southampton home. In the ensuing interview Haskell writes, “It’s hard to empire-build politely, but she has managed it, delivering one of the world’s most successful fashion brands, now valued at around $3.5 billion, in little more than a decade.”
After college, Burch began her career in New York by working at a series of fashion jobs at Harper’s Bazaar, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and LVMH. In 2001 she married entrepreneur Chris Burch, gave birth to three boys and took on the role of stepmother to her husband’s three daughters.
She recalls that in the first article about her, in 2004 in The New York Times, she told the writer that the word ambitious bothered her. “A friend of mine called me up after that and said, “You should never shy away from that word.” After thinking about this she says, “I now have no problem saying I’m ambitious.”
Tory Burch shoes are seen everywhere in New York
Her business is quite a spectacular feat for a woman with no design background and who didn’t go to Parsons or grow up creating mood boards in her bedroom. What she has instead is a talent for divining the wishes of her customer.
During New York’s Fashion Week (Thursday, September 10 to Thursday September 17) Burch is launching a new brand called Tory Sport, a collection of stylish tennis ensembles, sleek tracksuits, golf wear and all manner of après-sport clothes. Her Elizabeth Street store will become a Tory Sport pop-up shop.
Counting her recently opened Paris flagship, Burch now has 160 boutiques around the world, with Santiago, Cairo and Prague on the way. She is now, according to Forbes, a billionaire.
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When we saw Crazy, Rich Asians, the smash romantic comedy of 2018, we all agreed that one of the standout performers in the movie was Awkwafina (Nora Lum) – she was a definite scene-stealer. By the way, where are the sequels? The latest rumor is that filming will start with two movie sequels filmed back-to-back in 2020. Don’t bet the rent money. But never mind, when they do come out I’m sure they’ll knock our socks off.
I have a subscription to Air & Space, which is a bimonthly magazine that was first published in 1986 and comes from the Smithsonian. It’s especially relevant this year because this is the 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s first words – as he stepped down onto the soil of Luna were, “One small step for man, one giant step for mankind,” as the whole world watched.
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not a morning person. This means that every day I get up, fire up the computer for emails, stagger into the kitchen to make a blistering hot, strong 20 oz. mug of coffee and finally, click on New York’s Channel One to check on the weather and/or news while sinking into the sofa and trying to wake up. Ergo: I hate mornings or as Moss Hart once famously said, “Nothing happens before noon, that doesn’t happen after.”
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