Burch in India, 2009
|Born||Tory Robinson |
June 17, 1966
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, United States
|Residence||New York City|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania|
|Known for||Tory Burch line of clothing and acessories|
|Net worth||US$ 1.0 billion (March 2013)|
|Spouse(s)||William Macklowe (divorced) |
J. Christopher Burch (1997-2006; divorced)
2005 Rising Star, Fashion Group International;
CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year, 2008
Tory Burch (born June 17, 1966; née Robinson) is an American fashion designer business woman and philanthropist, who has won several fashion awards for her designs. She was born, raised, and educated in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
 Personal life
 Family and education
Burch was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Reva (née Schapira) and Ira Earl "Bud" Robinson (b. Jan. 6, 1923 - d. Aug. 9, 2007). She was raised with her three brothers (Robert, James and Leonard)  in a Valley Forge farmhouse, a 250-year old Georgian near the Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Her mother is a former actress who dated Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando. Her father, who was a wealthy investor, is now deceased. Her father inherited a stock exchange seat and a paper cup company. He dated Grace Kelly and Joan Bennett. Tory's father was fourteen years older than her mother. Burch is Jewish on her mother's side.
Burch attended the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA, where she rode horses, was captain of the tennis team, and was a friend of jewelry designer Kara Ross (they remain friends today). Her first job was at Benetton in the King of Prussia Mall. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. She majored in art history, and graduated in 1988.
 Marriage and subsequent life
She was first married to William Macklowe, son of real-estate tycoon Harry B. Macklowe. From 1997 through 2006, she was married to J. Christopher Burch, an investor in Internet Capital Group, a venture capital firm founded by Walter Buckley and Ken Fox. She dated Lance Armstrong in 2007. More recently, she has been linked to Lyor Cohen. After divorcing from Burch, she continued to live with her children in their New York City apartment. She has three sons and three stepdaughters.
In January 2013, Forbes magazine estimated that she is now a billionaire with a net worth of $1.0 billion dollars.
Burch was co-chair of the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala in 2007. She is also active in a variety of socialite activities such as passing out gift bags at The Lung Cancer Research Foundation's "Strides for Life" Race.
 Film appearances
|2004||Just a Clown||(special thanks)|
|2008||America's Next Top Model||(special thanks)|
|2009||Gossip Girl||Herself||(season 3,4th episode)|
 Fashion career
 Early work
She moved to New York City after graduating college, where she began a career working with fashion designers, including Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer. She worked at Harper's Bazaar magazine, Vera Wang, and was a copywriter for Polo Ralph Lauren
 Fashion label
She began a fashion label, "TRB by Tory Burch"—later known as "Tory Burch", in February 2004. As of January 2013, the company had grown to 83 Tory Burch stores worldwide. Her fashion line is carried at over 1,000 department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's. Her flagship store is in the NoLIta neighborhood of Manhattan.
In April 2005, Oprah Winfrey endorsed her line on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009, Tory Burch sold a minority stake in her company to a Mexican private equity firm, Tresalia Capital. Additional minority investors were added in December 2012 in conjunction with the settlement of a legal dispute between Burch and her ex-husband. This settlement is said to have removed a substantial obstacle to a forthcoming IPO, which has been the subject of considerable discussion in the financial and fashion industries.
 Design style
Her style has been described as preppy-boho and preppy-bohemian luxe and is known for including her T-logo medallion. Some select styles of sunglasses, such as the Rounded Aviator, have the signature logo printed on the lens. Her styles are popular with the viewers and fans of the television show Gossip Girl, which they often appear on, and among different generations. Her style is known for being easy to wear and for being widely part of a versatile wardrobe. In 2007, there were wait lists to buy her fashions, which are representations of and homages to 1950s and 1960s fashions. Burch named her line of Reva ballerina flats after her mother. Burch is known as one of the leaders in turning the t-shirt into a fashion item.
In 2008, she won the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as the accessories designer of the year. In 2007, she won the Accessory Brand Launch of the year award from the Accessories Council of Excellence. In 2005, she won Rising Star Award to Burch for best new Retail Concept from the Fashion Group International.
In 2008, Burch founded the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides "economic opportunities to women and their families". The foundation is currently partnered with ACCION USA, a non-profit domestic microfinance provider founded in 1991, to provide domestic microfinance to low income entrepreneurs in the United States. Her stores sell several products whose proceeds support the Foundation’s work.
She is on the board of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and chaired the 2006 spring gala for the American Ballet Theatre. In 2008, she was honored at a Colleague Helpers in Philanthropic Services (C.H.I.P.S.) luncheon that benefited the Children’s Institute, Inc.
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