In less than eight years, Tory Burch has built a brand by designing relaxed American sportswear with a definitive point of view, but courting international shoppers has been a priority from the beginning. Now, the designer is getting ready to open her first freestanding store in Dubai, her third Hong Kong boutique in January and her first Singapore boutique that month as well.
Burch is so committed to overseas markets that she opened a Hong Kong office for sourcing and manufacturing before she unveiled her Elizabeth Street store eight years ago. Lydia Park Forstmann, the company’s vice president of international and licensing, shared this footnote and many others to illustrate time and again how interwoven non-U.S. regions have been in the brand’s history and how essential they will be to further growth.
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Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)