American fashion icon Tory Burch moved to New York City after graduating college and quickly went to work in public relations and marketing for a number of the city's top designers. Taking the experience she had gained, Burch opened a small, self-named boutique in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan in 2004. Tory Burch became a breakout success in 2005 when she appeared on Oprah and was described by the mogul as the "next big thing in fashion." The next year, she introduced the Reva ballet flat--still the brand's most iconic piece of apparel.
Today, Tory Burch is an international brand, and its founder has been named one of the most powerful women in the world. The company operates more than 125 freestanding boutiques in addition to maintaining a presence in thousands of department stores and specialty retailers across the globe. The brand has won a number of fashion industry awards, including CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year and the Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International. Committed to social responsibility in addition to high fashion, the company launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 to help support female entrepreneurs across the country and advance women-owned small businesses.
The entire Tory Burch line is inspired by the unique fashion sensibilities of its founder, and the company is known for its eclectic colors, prints, and details. Ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, and accessories make up the brand's large collection. When it comes to apparel, Tory Burch's selection of dresses includes V-necks, T-shirt dresses, panel dresses, caftans, and long gowns. Blouses, tunics, polos, button-down shirts, and tanks make up the brand's collection of tops. None of these garments are plain--they are all accented with very bold adornments, and they are designed to stand out. Cardigans are, perhaps, the most muted options from Tory Burch, as they accentuate your shape and simply feature soft materials like cashmere.
In bottoms, Tory Burch adds a twist to standard garments. Options like jeans aren't the standard denim you are used to. Instead, they might feature different color choices and/or prints. You can also find lounge pants, trousers, and shorts in a variety of different styles. Shoes have long been a popular element of the Tory Burch collection. The Reva ballet flat is timeless and extremely versatile, and it is available in a number of different colors and patterns. The brand also makes a wide assortment of sandals, wedges, heels, and espadrille shoes--most of which are adorned with the iconic Tory Burch logo. Beyond apparel, you can find accessories including handbags, jewelry, hats, scarves, gloves, and more.
Tory Burch is one of the quintessential American luxury brands. Most garments retail for several hundred dollars, and the collection is well loved among elite fashionistas around the world. You need to have a unique sense of style to fall in love with Tory Burch's clothes. Most garments feature almost outlandish prints and colors that might not appeal to everyday shoppers. One area where the brand is slightly more down-to-Earth (and also slightly more affordable) is its footwear. The Reva ballet flat is a great example of a piece that is versatile and relatable, which is one reason why it has become so synonymous with the brand as a whole. We give Tory Burch 4 stars out of 5.