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When we met Tory Burch for breakfast in Singapore we were struck by the designer’s softly-spoken but strong presence. Now, the whole world can meet Tory Burch; through the newly-released book ‘Tory Burch in Color’.
Like the designer herself, the book has many layers of depth that go beyond the stylish exterior. Featuring a foreword by fashion powerhouse Anna Wintour (likely the closest we’ll get to meeting THAT fashion icon) and interviews with many other strong female figures with a sartorial edge – Hilary Clinton, Arianna Huffington and Angelica Cheung, to name a few – this is a fashion book that wants to be taken seriously.
The book is divided into sections by colours, starting with Tory’s own favourite, orange. Through each colour she tells stories about her childhood, the people she admires and of course, some of the backstory to the eponymous brand. She divulges some home entertaining secrets, her love for peonies and the reason for the bright interiors of her stores:
For example, she shares the story behind the iconic double T logo, which is one of the most recognisable features of Tory Burch accessories. It was partly influenced by the architecture of Morrocco – a country she frequently draws on for design inspiration. “Marrakech is a great starting point […]. There is Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle Garden, surrounded by its distinct saturated blue; the souks with their fragrant spice stalls; the alleyways hiding beautiful architecture and details that have been there for centuries.”
The distinctive logo was no doubt one of the reasons why her Reva ballet flats have been so successful. The simple but elegant shoes were named after Tory’s lifelong style inspiration: her mother.
Tory relates many childhood memories of her mother’s style which have clearly influenced her collections. One of those is the 70s kaftan, a perennial favourite which has been pa Tory Burch Spring/Summer staple.
Whether you’re a diehard Tory Burch fan who wants to discover the stories behind the cult favourite, or you’re looking for inspiration from a colourful lifestyle, this is a book that clearly goes beyond fashion. Get a slice of Tory Burch’s intriguing life by purchasing ‘Tory Burch in Color’ at the Singapore boutique for $80 SGD ($50 USD in American stores).
Store images taken at Tory Burch boutique, Wisma Atria, Singapore (2013)
Product images courtesy of Tory Burch from AW14 and SS 13