In just eight short years, Tory Burch has transformed her unique fashion sensibility into a multibillion-dollar company with a Nolita flagship and scores of international stores. Thanks to Ms. Burch, the easy-to-wear combination of preppy and bohemian has swept through Manhattan and is taking hold throughout the United States and beyond.
Yes, Ms. Burch is a socialite, well-educated and well-born, but this is a socialite with a work ethic. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Burch moved to New York to work in fashion. She ended up becoming the unofficial ambassador for accessible Manhattan prep style. Ms. Burch’s line—with its St. Barts-ready tunics, chic T-shirts and those Reva leather ballet flats you see on virtually every woman in the city—connects Upper East Side style to the rest of the world. The Oprah-approved Ms. Burch was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Accessory Designer of the Year in 2008 and debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2011. To cement her New York fashion icon status, she appeared as herself on Gossip Girl.