On the heels of her eponymous label's 10th anniversary and new Georgetown store, Tory Burch is as busy as ever in fashion and philanthropy.
Tory Burch sports the latest designs from her pre-fall collection.
A lot can happen in a year. Just ask fashion designer Tory Burch. In 2013 she unveiled “Women Rule”—a round-table series with Google and Politico dedicated to Capitol Hill’s female political leaders—debuted a fragrance and beauty line in partnership with Estée Lauder, and celebrated the opening of her namesake brand’s first-ever shop in Georgetown. On top of that, Tory Burch’s foundation and Bank of America recently launched the Elizabeth Street Capital initiative, a philanthropic endeavor that utilizes an investment of $10 million in low-cost capital from the bank to support women entrepreneurs by providing them access to capital along with mentoring and networking opportunities.
Accessories are the stars of the new Tory Burch store in Georgetown.
When Burch was searching for the right location to unveil her new concept, Georgetown made sense. Joined by a number of women—including Debbie Dingell as well as Dr. Jill and Kathleen Biden—on the shop’s opening night, it seems the designer and her collection speak to Washington’s power set.
“Women in DC are sophisticated, with a classic sense of style, but they lead very full lives, balancing work and family,” says Burch. “They need clothing that can work for all kinds of occasions, so accessories are a great way for a woman to complete her look.”
Now 10 years in business, the Tory Burch label includes handbags, shoes, jewelry, eyewear, fragrances, and small leather goods, all of which can be found at the exclusive Georgetown shop. The homey, albeit luxurious, 2,642-square-foot Wisconsin Avenue boutique is bedecked with gilded chandeliers, velvet sofas, and grosgrain-trimmed pillows. Classic pieces such as colorful shoulder bags and metallic ballet flats lie next to the label’s rotating collections.
Polka-dot slingback ($295).
This season’s latest line pays tribute to female photographer Gertrud Arndt and the modernist Bauhaus movement with geometric polka-dot slingbacks, structured top-handle totes, and a clever riff on Arndt’s own camera bag. “Arndt was one of the few female artists to come out of the Bauhaus movement,” says Burch. “We were inspired by her self-portraits and the era’s streamlined mood and bold graphics.” Echoing the movement’s stylish yet functional designs, the York tote is one of Burch’s favorite pieces, featuring concealed, interior compartments for modern media devices. “So many women carry around laptops, papers, and newspapers each day. This tote is an elegant solution,” she says. The perfect mix of pretty and preppy, Burch’s charm cuffs and pearl-and-grosgrain-ribbon necklaces are also not to be missed. 1211 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-337-1410