Tory Burch: Fashion Designer Biography

Tory Burch is a worlds renowned designer whose products are collections of sportswear and accessories for women. They have a personal style. They combine stylish and wearable clothing for women of any age.

Childhood and early life

Tory Burch was born on 17th June 1966 in Pennsylvania. Her parents were Reva (née Schapira) and Ira Earl “Bud” Robinson. She grew up in a farmhouse in a Valley Forge.  It was a 250-year old Georgian close to the Valley Forge National Historical Park. She has three brothers: Robert, James and Leonard. Tory’s father was a rich investor. He got a stock exchange seat together with a paper cup company. Ira’s girlfriend before marrying Reva was Grace Kelly and Joan Bennet. Reva was an actress who dated Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando.  From mother’s side, Burch inherited Jewish religion. Her parents were part of the Main Line gentry. They had a great taste in clothing and style. She learned and gained much of it. She was kind of a tomboy in her childhood. She rode horses.  At the same time, she was a captain of the tennis team. Her friend was Kara Ross – a jewelry designer and they are still friends today.  She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta.

She attended the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont. Later, she went to University of Pennsylvania. She studied art history there and she graduated in 1988. Simultaneously, she worked at Benetton at the King of Prussia Mall, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and Narciso Rodriguez.

Personal life

She married William Macklowe in 1993. He is a son of tycoon Harry B. Macklowe. But in one year, she divorced him. Later, in 1996, she married J. Christopher Burch. He is an investor in a company which was founded by Walter Buckley and Ken Fox. It is and Internet Capital Group. Anyway, she divorced him in 2006 but she still uses his last name. She has three sons and “inherited” three stepdaughters. Her ex-husband – Chris Burch (58) has stepped down from his role in the board of Tory Burch’s company. It happened after allegations that CWonder brand which he owns was too similar to the double-T line.  In 2007, she dated Lance Armstrong. Recently, she has been dating Lyor Cohen.


She launched Tory Burch brand in 2004. She opened a small boutique near Manhattan’s Nolita. The place was made to look residential. There were orange lacquer doors with gold-leaf chandeliers, couches and velvet decorations. She has been working with an architect Daniel Romualdez on each store all around the world. The brand has grown into a great business with 120 stores. By 2013, the company grew to 83 stores all over the world.  She owns 3000 department and specialty stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomigdales or Saks Fifth Avenue. Her clothes are very popular and easy to wear. She is the CEO of the company and she creates not only clothes but also handbags, shoes, eyewear and jewelry. Tory Burch gave up some kind of hold of her company to Roger Farah in 2014. He is an experienced man for this position. He helped to build Ralph Lauren´s fashion business. He has shared the top duties with Tory.


She has won many awards including accessory designer of the year. It was an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She was awarded this price in 2008. One year before, she was awarded the Accessory Brand Launch. In 2005, she got the Rising Star Award from the Fashion Group International – it was a price for the best new Retail Concept.

Tory Burch foundation

Tory got an inspiration by her own post- a business owner and working mother. She launched a nonprofit foundation in 2009. It supports women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. She offers them small business loans and mentoring programs.

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Name: Tory Robinson

Born: 17.6.1966 (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, United States)

Nationality: American

Spouse: J. Christopher Burch (1996-2006; divorced)

Brands: Tory Burch