Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC
Tory Burch is the Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC. She previously worked for Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer, and then for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She has worked in public relations and advertising at Vera Wang, Polo Ralph Lauren and Loewe. She began a fashion label, “TRB by Tory Burch”, later known as “Tory Burch”, which launched with a retail store in Manhattan’s Nolita district in February. In 2005, Burch won the Rising Star Award for Best New Retail Concept from the Fashion Group International. In 2007, she won the Accessory Brand Launch of the year award from the Accessories Council of Excellence. In 2008, Burch won the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for Accessories Designer of the Year.
Burch 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 Startup America Partnership and the Barnes Foundation. She is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School of Business, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In April 2014, the Obama Administration named Burch an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, a group of successful American business people committed to developing the next generation of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world.
As of 2015, she is listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.