Tory Burch is a fashion designer, mother and entrepreneur. Although she worked in fashion during most her adult life, she was always on the business end of the industry, never on the creative. “I never thought I could be a designer like the designers I’ve worked for,” she said. “It’s part of the American dream in a way.”
Watch Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith talk to Tory Burch about what inspires her, and the Tory Burch Foundation:
In 2004, Burch opened her flagship store in New York City, and now, she is a fashion powerhouse, with boutiques across the globe. But Burch is putting her professional success to good use. She also founded the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides economic opportunity to women and their families in the U.S.
“The foundation was at the forefront of the plan” when she started her business, Burch said. Social responsibility and philanthropy are “really part of the DNA” of her company, she added. “It’s really a gift.”
And she hopes to take her foundation international some day soon. “It’s, to me, one of the most exciting aspects of our company,” Burch said.
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