“Remember: if the most unique ideas were obvious to everyone, there wouldn’t be entrepreneurs. The one thing that every entrepreneurial journey has in common is that there are many, many steps on the road to success.” – Tory Burch, Babson College – [Click Here or below to play video] Tory Burch, Babson College, 2014
Tory Burch (born June 17, 1966; Robinson) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist, who has won several fashion awards for her designs. She is the Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC. In 2015, she was listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Burch began her fashion label – “TRB by Tory Burch”, later known as Tory Burch – in February 2004, launching it with a retail store in Manhattan’s Nolita district. Most of the inventory sold out on the first day. When Oprah Winfrey endorsed her line on The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 2005, calling Burch “the next big thing in fashion”, Burch’s website received eight million hits the following day.
Since launch, the company has grown to include more than 200 Tory Burch stores worldwide. The fashion line, which encompasses ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home decor, and a fragrance and beauty collection, is also carried at over 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide.
Babson College is a private business school in Wellesley, Massachusetts, established in 1919. Babson’s central focus on entrepreneurship education has made it the most prestigious entrepreneurship college in the United States.