Tory Burch is CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history then moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked in public relations and marketing for some of the most influential American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe. She launched Tory Burch in 2004 with a small boutique in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood and since then the brand has grown into a global business with more than 100 freestanding stores, toryburch.com and a presence in over 1,000 department and specialty stores.