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Designer Spotlight: Breaking Barriers with Tory Burch

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Tory Burch handbags

Full of color, character and—above all—confidence, Tory Burch’s namesake label has inspired young designers and women everywhere with collections that emulate her personal style and fearless spirit. Launched in 2004, the New York brand has grown to encompass everything from ready-to-wear and handbags to watches and even home and fragrance.

Dedicated to helping women follow their dreams, the designer launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009. Seeking to advance women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in the U.S., the foundation provides access to capital, education, and digital resources. Its Fellows Program has provided more than $600,000 in grants to women-owned businesses, while the Bank of America-powered Tory Burch Capital Program has given more than 2,500 entrepreneurs more than $50 million in loans.

Below the ever-inspiring designer showcases her favorite pieces this season and appropriate tokens of appreciation for the ambitious and driven women in your own life.


Smart Loafer

“There’s nothing chicer than a smart loafer,” says Tory Burch. “I Love how the architectural heel and embossed leather elevate the silhouette.”

Smart Loafer - Tory Burch


Embrace Ambition

“I always have on at least one of our Embrace Ambition bracelets. They spark conversation about the stereotypes that hold women back. As women we need to own our ambitions and encourage others to do the same. It’s also a gift that gives back. One hundred percent of new proceeds benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which advances women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in the U.S.”

Embrace Ambition Tory Burch

Pretty in Pink

“Our Petite Lee is refined, yet playful. It’s a modern take on the evening bag.”

Pretty in Pink Tory Burch

Seen from the Seed

“Every year, we put together a collection of the best products from the women-run businesses we work with through the foundation,” says Burch. “The 2019 Seed Box is incredible. I’m obsessed with the rose quartz facial roller from Estelle—it’s strangely soothing. I use it a lot during conference calls!”

Seen from the Seed Tory Burch

Where to find it:

Waterside Shops – Near Pottery Barn


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