Tory Burch is CEO and CCO of the global luxury lifestyle brand Tory Burch. She grew up in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history. Tory then moved to New York to pursue a career in fashion and worked for some of the most influential American designers including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez.
After years of working in fashion, Tory noticed a void in the market for a collection with a designer aesthetic at a more attainable price point. In 2004, she launched Tory Burch, a lifestyle brand rooted in classic American sportswear with multiple categories, including ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The collection is available at 53 boutiques across the U.S., Europe and Asia, www.toryburch.com and over 500 select department and specialty stores worldwide.
Tory Burch has received recognition from the fashion industry, including the 2008 CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year; 2007 Accessory Brand Launch of the Year from the Accessories Council of Excellence; and the 2005 Rising Star award from Fashion Group International. In 2010, Tory was named one of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in the World, and in 2011 she was chosen as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women by Crain’s New York Business.
An avid philanthropist, Tory works with several charitable organizations and holds positions on the board of the CFDA and the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2009, Tory launched the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports women entrepreneurs in the United States through microfinance and mentoring. For more information please visit www.toryburchfoundation.org.