When she first launched her eponymous fashion & lifestyle line in February 2004, TORY BURCH went against the minimalist trend so popular at the time, designing her downtown NYC flagship to feel less like a "store" and more like you were visiting her home, complete with touches like orange lacquer doors, mirrored walls, and Lucite fixtures. And when Oprah named her a new designer "to watch"...8 million hits later and an empire was launched on the heels - or, in this case, flats: the iconic gold-medallion adorned "Reva" ballet slipper. "My mother Reva has been a huge influence in my life both personally and professionally," the designer tells Constance in a new interview on eBay's The Inside Source. "She is always so supportive of me and is a constant source of inspiration in our collections. She has always been my good luck charm, so it is fitting that the shoe I named after her has become a favorite."
With a new European boutique opening this fall, Tory is a bosslady extraordinaire at the helm of a global empire, however, she still antiques with mom, travels extensively for design inspiration, and trolls eBay (also one of our fave daily obsessions "hobbies") for steals and deals. "It is a great place to find lost treasures—where else can you find so much Ossie Clark or vintage Liberty prints?"
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