Today, Tory Burch has her first New York Fashion Week runway show, and just last week she opened a flagship boutique on Madison Avenue.
"It's been a great year. Work is taking on a new level," she says. "I feel like opening our new store has made (my business) feel like a different place. ...it just seems like a lot of firsts."
Tory Burch has a chain of boutiques stretching from Hawaii to Connecticut, but says her Manhattan outpost holds special meaning. "Looking at our footprint in New York, we knew uptown would be someplace we wanted to go, and Madison is such an iconic place," she says. "For a long time, it was not possible. We're very lucky to be there. It's nice to be included with such incredible designers."
The collection she''ll show at Lincoln Center today is inspired by the French seaside resort of Deauville in the 1920's and the Pablo Picasso painting, The Bathers. Her Spring 2012 line is "sporty and glamorous at the same time" with colors like coral, sunflower, seafoam and navy which "evoke the seaside."