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WWD Postcard: Tory Burch Does San Francisco

Designer's escapades in California includes a celebratory opening of her 15th store and trip to Google.

Tory Burch sent this postcard from San Francisco to WWD:

Heading to the airport after 24 hours in San Francisco, which ended with a visit to Google’s headquarters. I was asked to speak about entrepreneurship and brand building by Marissa Meyer, who heads up Search for Google, and was employee number seven at the company.

This story first appeared in the September 22, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

The story of how Google grew from a two-person business in a college dorm into a global empire (and a verb!) is the ultimate model for starting your own business. After spending the last few weeks getting ready for our spring presentation, it was inspiring to get out of the office, spend time in San Francisco and tour the famous Google campus.

Last night we celebrated the opening of our 15th store on Maiden Lane with a party to benefit California Pacific Medical Center, hosted by the center’s Wishes for Wellness co-chairs Sloan Barnett, Carol Bonnie and Sharmin Bock, followed by a small dinner that Sloan hosted at her house in Pacific Heights. It was an all-girls dinner with the exception of Sloan’s husband, Rodger. I loved catching up with Sloan and hearing all about her book “Green Goes with Everything,” which hits bookshelves this month. There was lots of talk in the air about San Francisco’s most recent arrival — Vanessa Getty’s beautiful five-week-old baby girl. Debate was focused on potential names for Alexis Traina’s baby, due to arrive in October. The evening ended with Rodger playing the piano in the living room which overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge.

I am sad to leave so soon, but dying to squeeze my little boys.”

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