Tory Burch FALL 2011 COLLECTION, MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK
I like some of this pieces in Tory Burch new collection. It’s chic, where some might call it frumpy- I call it comfortable and relaxed. OF COURSE, most people wouldn’t overdue it by wearing all of the pieces at once the way they were put together, for some looks, on the runway. That’s were it got a little “ugh” for me. TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH!
Tory Burch ( née Robinson) is an American fashion designer, business woman, mother of three, wife (now divorced), and philanthropist from Philly.
She began a career working with fashion designers, including Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer. She also worked at Harper’s Bazaar magazine and was a copywriter for Polo Ralph Lauren. She also worked for Vera Wang.
She began a fashion label in February 2004. The label was an immediate success and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey the following year. The label has stores in several large American cities and has lines that are sold in several upscale specialty department stores. Burch has won several fashion awards for her designs. The company has since grown to 36 stores 4 of which are outlet stores in Woodbury Commons, NY, San marcos, TX, Camarillo and Orlando Premium Outlets. Her fashion label known as “TRB by Tory Burch”—later as “Tory Burch”—began as a business operation in her Upper East Side apartment and quickly blossomed into free-standing boutiques, now numbering 26.
In February 2004, Tory Burch opened a flagship store in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The store was almost completely sold out on the first day. Stories about her and her fashion line have been in a broad spectrum of magazines and newspapers, and in April 2005, Winfrey endorsed her line on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In 2008, Burch founded the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides “economic opportunities to women and their families”. The Tory Burch Foundation is currently partnered with ACCION USA to provide domestic microfinance to low income entrepreneurs in the United States. ACCION USA is a non-profit domestic microfinance provider founded in 1991.
Burch explained the reason for her focus as “I like microfinance in particular because it isn’t charity in the traditional sense. It’s about investing in people who might otherwise not have the chance to pursue their goals and helping families lift themselves out of poverty…It’s also incredibly important to the economic recovery of our country. Burch’s stores sell several products whose proceeds support the Foundation’s work.
Tory Burch online has pre-ordering available for Spring / Summer 2011 right now.