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Tory Burch: Listening to Her Mentor Paid Off

Posted on Wed, Oct, 14, 2009

Tory Burch, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Tory Burch, started out her career working at Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang in public relations.  Her experience gave her the drive to start her own company in 2004 that includes high end products such as handbags, shoes and read-to-wear clothes.  Initially, her instinct was to launch a retail concept, however, many people expressed to her that it would be a risky venture and that she really should start off as a wholesaler to see how things went first. Not agreeing with that advice, she went to her mentor, Glen Senk, CEO of Urban Outfitters, seeking his advice on what she should do.  He told her to follow her instincts and to take the risk.  Five years later, she has had the fortune of having her products in 19 Tory Burch boutiques across the United States, 2 outlet stores, a website where you can make purchases online, and also the privilege of having her products featured at over 400 department and specialty stores worldwide.  It seems to me that Tory Burch will always be grateful to her mentor for his great advice.  What advice have you received lately from your mentor?

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