Tory Burch is CEO and Designer of Tory Burch, an American 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 has grown the brand into a global business with more than 200 stores in cities from New York and Los Angeles to Shanghai, Milan and, Paris, as well as nine e-commerce sites and a presence in over 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide. She built on this success with the 2015 debut of Tory Sport, a performance activewear collection with a growing number of retail stores in the U.S. and torysport.com.
Tory has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year, Forbes’s Most Powerful Women in the World and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award. 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 empower women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education and digital resources, as well as a Fellowship program.
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.