How Tory Burch Created A $2 Billion Empire In Less Than A Decade

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In only eight years, Tory Burch’s eponymous fashion line is ubiquitous. 

The designer’s bags, sunglasses and shoes are flying off the shelves at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Saks. She’s competing with more established brands like Coach and Kate Spade—and winning.

Burch’s company is now valued at more than $2 billion. 

Burch started as a fashion copywriter and now has one of the most successful fashion lines in the world. She achieved her dream through hard work, talent and a very important celebrity endorsement. 

We mapped out how she got there. 

Tory Burch grew up in Philadelphia.

Her mother is a former actress, while her father was an investor. She graduated high school and attended the University of Pennsylvania.

Burch had a series of writing jobs before starting her fashion line.

She worked for Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and Harper's Bazaar.

In 2004, she launched her New York City flagship boutique.

It's located in the retail mecca of NoLita. Pictured is her Madison Avenue store.

Then, in 2005, she launched

Her line was 'preppy-boho' and was credited with making T-shirts trendy again.

In 2005, Burch's business exploded after Oprah endorsed her.

Oprah, a fan of her work, called Burch 'the next big thing in fashion.'

In 2006, Burch invented the 'Reva' ballet flat.

The flats were an instant smash and would change women's casual and workwear.

In 2008, the Council of Fashion Designers of America named her the Accessory Designer Of The Year.

Burch beat out heavyweights like Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.

The trendy cast often wears her designs.

In 2010, she launched a collection of sunglasses.

The line is now carried at Nordstrom and Saks.

In 2011, she made her New York Fashion Week debut.

Vogue reviewed her show and said: 'Bravo, Tory Burch, then, for brilliantly flying the flag for sparkling newness without forgetting that great clothes should feel joyful and uplifting without being entirely devoid of practicality.'

Today, Tory Burch's designs are all over the world.

Her brand is available at 49 free-standing Tory Burch stores across the U.S., 24 international stores,, and over 1,000 select department and specialty stores worldwide.

Burch's company has been valued at $2 billion.

And it's still continuing to expand in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Tory Burch ranked #2 on our list of the 50 Sexiest CEOs. Now learn about the other sexy CEOs.

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