Like most creative industries, the fashion industry has taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic—and some of the biggest names in fashion are no exception. With a new year beginning and the end of the pandemic in sight, Vanity Fair is catching up with 12 fashion greats, as they recommend their go-to items for quarantine, and their hopes for the year to come.
In her year spent at home, Tory Burch has turned “many times” to the poem “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy, which includes the lines “Hope the voyage is a long one/May there be many a summer morning when/With what pleasure, what joy/You come into harbors seen for the first time.” The Executive Chairman and CEO of Tory Burch LLC, which began as a small store on Elizabeth Street in 2004, Burch says the pandemic has given her time to ���slow down and reflect on why I founded this company—our mission is to empower women.”
As 2021 begins, she said, “We increasingly see ourselves as an activist brand; activists in the sense that we use our platform to create meaningful change and unity over division.”
She’s counting down the days until she can reunite with her mother, Reva, and friends and family—and also “do something normal, like going to J.G. Melon for a Bloody Bullshot and a cheeseburger.” But in the meantime she’s staying home, starting jigsaw puzzle competitions and getting quality time with her Instagram-famous dogs, Chicken, Slim, and Hercules.
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“The prints on the cushions remind me of the trip Robert and I took to Japan in 2019, when we started talking about collaborating. We visited beautiful fabric shops, some so small we could only fit a few people in. I can’t wait to see him and go back.”
Power Lunch Piecework Puzzle
“Between board games and puzzles, we have several competitions going at home. We featured a Piecework Puzzle in our 2020 Seedbox, including products from six women entrepreneurs. 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the Tory Burch Foundation.”
My Dogs Chicken, Slim, and Hercules
“Is there anything better than unconditional love?”
Mochaware Pitcher and Mug
“Back in March, we thought we’d be home for a week. Ten months later, we’re at the same dinner table. Setting tables has always been an outlet for creativity for me and to have the time has been a luxury. Our Home collection is meant to layer with each other and what you already have. It creates interest and unusual combinations, like our Mochaware, which is inspired by ceramics used in English taverns in the 1800s.”