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born 1966

Even as a child Tory Burch had a signature style. Her friends dubbed it "Torywear" + it primarily consisted of comfortable clothes paired with exotic jewelry. Not too far from the looks adored by women all over the world today. Tory loved art + art history, but it was her first job out of college that launched the self-described tomboy into fashion—a stint as assistant to idiosyncratic designer Zoran, one of her mother Reva's favorites. From there, Harper's Bazaar, Vera Wang + Ralph Lauren, before taking a break to raise her 3 sons and 3 stepdaughters.

When she returned, it was with a bang. Tory Burch was a huge success, and today Tory works to help other women see the same returns on their dreams with the Tory Burch Foundation.

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her quotes

all quotes by Tory Burch (27)

"Always be transparent and straightforward."

Great Advice | unknown

"[Y]ou can be divorced and still have a great life."

An Empire of her Own | february 2007

"'Ambitious'? I take that as a compliment. But I'm only ambitious about my career. Socially, all I need is my friends and family."

An Empire of her Own | february 2007

"I have no problem with being a strong person."

An Empire of her Own | february 2007

"[T]he world is a miraculous place, a place that is waiting to be explored."

Inspiring my Boys | may 2011

"I was told by all the men I met with that I could never bring up philanthropy and business in the same sentence. And I thought 'you know there's something really wrong about that'."

Tory Burch on her Foundation, Family, and Inspirations | march 2012

"I heard and tried not to listen to a lot of negativity. The noise and negativity were just the sidebar."

Billionaire Tory Burch's Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs | may 2013

"People get caught up in labels; I try not to."

Self-made fashion billionaire Tory Burch still takes a hands-on approach | october 2013

"If I wasn't a good mom, I wouldn't be good at my business."

Self-made fashion billionaire Tory Burch still takes a hands-on approach | october 2013

"It's essential to inspire women for me, not only because I am a woman myself. If you support women, and get men to be part of the conversation, the economy is better and families will be better taken care of."

Self-made fashion billionaire Tory Burch still takes a hands-on approach | october 2013

"I want to be in the office until I am 80, with grey hair. It keeps me sane."

Self-made fashion billionaire Tory Burch still takes a hands-on approach | october 2013

"Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it."

Billionaire Tory Burch's Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs | october 2013

"[P]ower is the ability to create change."

Why Success is a Tricky Word | november 2013

"Each one of us can be that voice for those who are finding their way."

Microfinancing Women | january 2014

"Having benefitted from the wisdom and insight of many mentors over the years, I understand how important the voice of experience can be."

Microfinancing Women | january 2014

"There were so many doubters and raised eyebrows. And really it was about confidence. I think if we can really instill that in women and have them believe in themselves, it's a great step."

CBS This Morning | january 2014

"Whether you’re entertaining a party of six or 100, put in the same amount of energy, detail and effort."

10 Things My Mom Taught Me | may 2014

"Wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you."

10 Things My Mom Taught Me | may 2014

"Sit back and spend time with yourself and think things through."

10 Things My Mom Taught Me | may 2014

"We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success."

Babson College | may 2014

"There are many things you can do overnight. … But there is no such thing as an overnight success."

Babson College | may 2014

"Even if you’re not yet an entrepreneur, you can be entrepreneurial in everything you do."

Babson College | may 2014

"I didn't put on a dress until my senior prom, but fashion was clearly in my DNA."

Babson College | may 2014

"Social responsibility was always part of the business plan."

Babson College | may 2014

"Being an entrepreneur isn't just a job title, and it isn't just about starting a company. It's a state of mind...It's about having the courage to give in to passion for an idea that makes your heart race."

Babson College | may 2014

"The one thing that every entrepreneurial journey has in common is that there are many, many steps on the road to success."

Tory On: Mentorship | august 2014

"My mother inspires me in every way. She taught my brothers and me to believe in ourselves and have the courage to think differently."

harper's bazaar | may 2015
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curated with care by Meghan Miller Brawley {august 2014}