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Insider’s Guide: Waris Ahluwalia’s Venice

Few love Venice more than New Yorker Waris Ahluwalia. It’s why he chose the Floating City (or is it Queen of the Adriatic or City of Canals? All of them!) to open his very first store Rare, a charming den of curiosities, at the fabled Gritti Palace. Here, he lays Venice’s best kept secrets out for us. And if you’re there for the Venice Film Festival, he recommends 1973’s Don’t Look Now, a classic thriller starring Julie Christie to set the mood.

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Most Wanted: The Fleming Bag

Our favorite ladylike bag just got a brighter outlook. Meet the new Fleming, updated in a vivid rainbow of colors from pineapple yellow and deep mint to kir royale red. With its signature combo of quilting and chains, the look is still polished and pulled-together — just now with an added dose of punch.


Shop the Fleming.

Mentorship: Momofuku’s Sue Chan

To say “Momofuku” in NYC is to elicit a Pavlov-like response among foodies for its inventiveness (don’t miss Momofuku Milk Bar’s winning Birthday Cake). As Brand Director, Sue Chan, right, wearing Tory’s Petite Simone cardigan and Klarissa skirt, is at the forefront of everything new and exciting that chef David Chang and his mini-army are creating. She and her intern Nicole Bertrand, in Tory’s Gemma dress, compare notes on ambition and confidence.

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Editor’s Style Tip: Workweek Chic

The gray boyfriend sweater. The elegant leather skirt. The classic black bootie and a suede fringe tote. A few of our favorite fall pieces, ready for work. For more, visit our Workweek-Chic Shop.


Clockwise from top: Tory’s Trudy sweater, Whipsnake smart phone case, Margaux booties, Madison skirt and Fringe tote

Bright lacquered walls mix with smart antique pieces and strong personal touches to differentiate the Daniel Romauldez-designed New York offices of Tory Burch. Architectural Digest takes a tour of the interiors here.

Word of Mouth: Nancy Meyer’s The Intern

Beautiful loft spaces, head shots of Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway and… Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting of nighttime loners seated at a city diner? The connection here is in the photo, top right, of Nancy Meyers’ mood board for her upcoming film The Intern, starring — you guessed it — De Niro and Hathaway. The workplace comedy turns the usual mentorship formula on its head — Hathaway plays the founder of an e-commerce fashion company (that’s her tidy office, lower right) and De Niro, her 70-year-old senior citizen intern. Others in the cast include Rene Russo, Veep’s Reid Scott and Meyer’s own former mentee, her onetime assistant Jason Orley in his acting debut. As for how this all ties together with Hopper’s most famous work, you’ll have to wait a full year till the movie’s release in September 2015. Or keep checking Meyers’ Instagram for more teasers like those here.

Mentorship: Interior Designer Bunny Williams

In the hierarchy of interior design doyennes, Bunny Williams, right, reigns queen bee. The New York City-based tastemaker’s celebrated interiors boast a certain regal elegance that marries classical details with mixed prints and a modern attitude. Refined yet fresh, her creations (think stately European antiques paired with splashy animal prints) extend beyond the home to her Upper East Side boutique, Treillage. For Tory Daily, Williams lends her expertise to the next generation of aspiring decorators, including intern Kristin Kelly here.

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Mentorship: Style.com’s Nicole Phelps

Every Fashion Week, all eyes turn to Style.com to read — for some, with baited breath — fashion show reviews, the latest news and interviews. And it’s pretty much required reading every other week of the year, too. At the helm is Executive Editor Nicole Phelps, at left wearing Tory’s Trudy sweater and Manda dress, who imparts her words of wisdom on her assistant Lindsay Peoples (and us).

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Mentorship: DooBop’s Benjamin Bernet & Jodie Patterson

Benjamin Bernet’s resume reads like a beauty aisle: L’Oréal, Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani Beauty. Jodie Patterson, far right, ran Georgia, a beauty line and boutique in Manhattan. Mutual friends introduced them and, last year, DooBop, their online skincare and beauty destination for women of color, was born. The beauty veterans and entrepreneurs — and their intern Krysten Peck, center, wearing Tory’s Tanya top — share the pearls of wisdom they’ve gathered in the workplace.

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Mentorship: Every Mother Counts’ Clancy McCarty

When Christy Turlington Burns launched Every Mother Counts in 2011 to combat maternal mortality (see the Tory Daily story here), it was a small but effective group. Three years later, it’s grown thanks to the tireless work of women like Clancy McCarty, right, herself an assistant in EMC’s infancy. Now the Director of Special Projects and Production, she travels the world creating poignant films that raise awareness. Here, she and her intern Kerry Izzo (wearing Tory’s Juliana skirt at left) discuss what they’ve learned from each other this summer. For both of them it’s about work ethic, a great attitude and being willing to go the distance… sometimes quite literally.

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Mentorship: Gagosian Gallery’s Christine Erpf

Whether it’s overseeing the latest installation by Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Harmony Korine or Damien Hirst or helping the next generation of artists find their footing, Christine Erpf is at the heart of the art scene here and around the world. The Art Dealer, right, and her assistant Lily Mortimer, wearing Tory’s Sophia dress, know what makes a good Gagosian great — Lily was Christine’s intern recently and Christine herself was an intern there in the Nineties.

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Tory On: Mentorship

Today’s interns and assistants are tomorrow’s leaders — and we can learn as much from them as they have from their mentors. For our Mentorship issue, we asked everyone from Tory to Style.com Executive Editor Nicole Phelps to Gagosian Gallery Art Dealer Christine Erpf — and their interns and assistants — to give us their best advice. Tory kicks things off here; check back daily for more.

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