30 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Tory Burch You May Not Know

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Tory Burch, one of the America’s Self-Made Women, who successfully created a multi-million dollar lifestyle brand within a very sport span of time, seems to be the best in almost everything she does. Burch is one of the few designers around the world, credited for turning the simple t-shirt into a fashionable item of clothing. Her achievements are truly inspiring, though there are not many things known publicly about her. Here are some interesting facts about the fashion designer that will blow our mind:

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  1.  For years, she has been consistently listed on the list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes. As of 2020, she was ranked #88 in the list.
  2.  She founded the Tory Burch Foundation in the year 2009, which aims to supports the economic empowerment of women in the United States, through mentoring and entrepreneurial education, as well as small business loans.
  3.  Every Tory Burch store is said to have several products for sale, the proceeds of which supports the Tory Burch Foundation’s work.
  4.  For her philanthropic activities, she was honored with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award in the year 2015.
  5.  She was named as an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, by the Obama Administration in April 2014.
  6.  Burch launched her separate performance active-wear line “Tory Sport,” in the year 2015. The collection includes designs for various sports activities such as running, tennis, swimming, and golf, as well as clothes for before and after a workout.
  7.  She was named as the Woman of the Year, by the online women’s magazine Glamour in November 2019.
  8.  In the year 2015, she was ranked as one among the 50 Most Powerful Moms of the Year in the list of the magazine Working Mother.
  9.  Tory Robinson was born on June 17, 1966 to Ira Earl “Bud” Robinson and Reva in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She has three bothers.
  10.  Her father, who was a wealthy investor, inherited a stock exchange seat and a paper cup company. She and her brothers were raised in a 250-year-old Georgian farmhouse, near Valley Forge National Historical Park.
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  12.  Burch attended the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Her friend in school was the jewelry designer Kara Ross. She later graduated with a major in art history, from the University of Pennsylvania, in the year 1988.
  13.  Her very first job even before her graduation was at Benetton, in the King of Prussia mall, located in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, which is the third-largest shopping mall in the United States.
  14.  Following her graduation, she worked as an intern for Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer in New York City, through recommendation from her mother. She then started working with Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
  15.  In the initial days of her career, she started working in the public relations and advertising positions at Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and Loewe.
  16.  She was married to William Macklowe, son of Harry B. Macklowe, a real-estate tycoon, from 1993 to 1994. The marriage ended with a divorce.
  17.  She launched her fashion label “TRB by Tory Burch” which later came to be known as Tory Burch, with a retail store in Manhattan’s Nolita district, in February 2004.
  18.  As of 2020, the company has grown to more than 250 stores worldwide, with the fashion label being carried at more than 3000 department and specialty stores around the world.
  19.  She married J. Christopher Burch, who is an investor in Internet Capital Group, in the year 1996. The couple have three sons – twins Henry and Nicholas and Sawyer. Through Christopher’s previous marriage, she also has three stepdaughters – Alexandra "Pookie," Elizabeth "Izzie" and Louisa "Weezie."
  20.  The couple ended their marriage of 10 years, with a divorce in 2007. Tory continues to use his last name, and continued to live with her children in their New York Apartment for some time.
  21.  In the year 2005, Burch was awarded the Rising Star Award for Best New Retail Concept from the Fashion Group International.
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  23.  She is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School of Business.
  24.  Burch started dating Pierre-Yves Roussel, the former chairman and CEO of LVMH, in the year 2014. The duo got engaged in 2016, before getting married in November 2018.
  25.  Following their marriage, Roussel became the Chief Executive Officer of Burch’s company, while Burch became the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, in early 2019. With their marriage, Tory became the stepmother for his three children.
  26.  She was awarded the Accessory Brand Launch of the Year award at the Accessories Council Excellence Awards, in the year 2007. The very next year, she won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Award for Accessories Designer of the Year.
  27.  Through her Tory Burch Foundation, she launched Embrace Ambition, a global campaign to address the double standard that exists around ambition, in March 2017.
  28.  Burch and her foundation hosted the very first Embrace Ambition Summit at Lincoln Center in New York, in April 2018. The summit was an all-day event supporting women’s ambition and examining stereotypes about women and ambition in workplace.
  29.  She serves on the boards of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Barnes Foundation, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  30.  Her company was recognized as one of the “50 US Companies That Stood Out During the Pandemic,” in the June 2020 issue of Newsweek.
  31.  It was reported that $5 million of clothing and 3000 yards of fabric for face masks and hospital gowns were provided to frontline healthcare workers, from Tory Burch.
  32.  Forbes magazine has Burch featured in a November cover story, detailing how her fashion company survived the COVID-19 pandemic, in the year 2020.
  33.  Tory Burch Net Worth: $1 Billion

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