Tory Burch is Chairman, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch, an American sportswear and lifestyle brand. Raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Tory graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history, then moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked in public relations and marketing for several American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe.
She launched Tory Burch in 2004 with a small boutique on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan, and since then the brand has grown into a global business with more than 150 freestanding stores in cities from New York and Los Angeles to Shanghai, Milan and, Paris, as well as a presence in more than 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide. Toryburch.com is the company’s biggest store and one of the brand’s seven global digital commerce sites; the website is also home to Tory Daily, an online magazine.
Tory Burch has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year, Glamour’s Women of the Year, Forbes’s Most Powerful Women in the World and Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List. Her first book, Tory Burch In Color (Abrams, 2014), was a New York Times Best Seller.
A dedicated philanthropist, Tory launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. Through loans, mentorship and entrepreneurial education, the foundation invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned small businesses.
In addition, Tory serves on the boards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Barnes Foundation and the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship.
Tory lives in New York City with her three sons, Henry, Nicholas and Sawyer.