Tory Burch Talks Spring 2013 and Celeb She Would Love to Dress

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Tory Burch.

When Tory Burch first began designing, she found a niche that women were yearning for: stylish, well-priced designs that were chic and fashion-forward.

Oprah Winfrey also took notice of her talent, put her on her show, and the next day had 8 million hits.

Today, Tory Burch is a worldwide brand with 73 stores, encompassing clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, eyewear and accessories.

Tory Burch took a moment in the midst of her pre-fashion week chaos to talk to FashionEtc about her favorite meal, dream collaboration and design inspirations.

What inspires your designs?

Our design inspiration comes from all over. For Spring 2013, we were inspired by a remix of American prep. We thought of a stylish traveler who gathers special pieces around the world and mixes them with her own classic sportswear.

Who would you most like to dress?

Cate Blanchett

What was your biggest challenge while building your business?

Balancing working and being a mom, but no matter what my children always come first.

You started a foundation to help women. Can you tell me about that?

We launched the Tory Burch Foundation a few years ago with the goal of empowering and investing in women and their families. Our first programs are microfinance and mentoring for women entrepreneurs in the U.S.

What are you working on now?

Model fittings! 36 hours until the show as I write…

What is your favorite place in the world?

I narrowed it down to two — New York and Italy.

What do you do to relax?

Spending time with my Boys.

What is your favorite meal?

Fresh pasta with a glass of red wine

What is your dream collaboration?

Yves Klein for Tory Burch

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A professional tennis player