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Tory Burch Shares Her Best Style Secrets & How Philly is Inspiring Her Latest Looks

By Phebe Wahl. Portrait by Noa Griffel | November 20, 2017 | People Feature

From her recent collection inspired by her hometown to her seasonal selects, Tory Burch shares her style-setting state of the union.


It was amazing,” says style icon Tory Burch of her childhood growing up on a farm outside Philadelphia in Valley Forge. “We were outside most of the day, so this idea of outdoor glamour came to mind,” she says of her recent fall collection inspired by her local roots. “I loved the idea of taking these very familiar shapes, whether it’s a barn jacket or a corduroy pant, and playing with them,” she explains. “We also drew inspiration from my parents—they really embodied this idea of outdoor glamour,” Burch shares, noting that details like white collars and cuffs pay homage to her parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson, who planted the seed for the lifestyle legend to launch her elegant empire, which now includes more than 200 boutiques across the globe as well as The Tory Burch Foundation that supports female entrepreneurs.

For her most recent collections, Burch also pays homage to the cultural zeitgeist of Philadelphia, referencing everything from the “incredible irreverence” of Katherine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story film to The Barnes Foundation. “Dr. Barnes was an incredible collector long before many people were collecting modern art, and the way he curated it is so interesting— hanging masterpieces by Matisse and Picasso next to ordinary household objects; displaying a French medieval sculpture next to a Navajo textile; hanging pieces above and around doorways,” says Burch. “His collection of Degas paintings inspired a ballet dancer placement print this season.”

Oft referenced, Hepburn’s character Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story embodies a modern sentiment Burch captures in her collection. “She’s not scared of saying how she feels,” Burch says of Lord. “She also has this wonderful way of mixing tomboy and feminine. The movie was filmed almost 80 years ago, but you see her in high-waisted pants, little flats and menswear-inspired jackets, and she looks modern,” Burch says, noting that the full pants, nipped-in waist dresses and blazers in her current collection all nod to the film.


For her holiday collection, Burch’s heart is still focused on home. “Holidays are always about family and the idea of coming home,” she says. “We thought about family traditions. It’s a modern take on the familiar.”

“I love to keep it simple yet unique,” Burch says of her holiday hosting plans. She sets the table with plenty of candles and potted plants mixed with interesting objects to add character and color. “I always serve traditional food with Cajun spices from the Caribbean,” she says. “We talk for hours and eat and drink far too much—it’s relaxed and casual...Heaven.”

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