Tory Burch's Travel Secrets

Fashion designer Tory Burch, whose Spring/Summer 2019 Collection was inspired by her family's travel to exotic destinations from India and Marrakech to the Mediterranean, talks with Indagare about where she finds her design inspiration, her latest collection, the most surprising thing she brought back from a trip, what’s always in her carry-on and more.

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Your latest collection is called Destination Anywhere. How does travel inspire your design?

Travel has long been a part of the design equation. My parents always traveled—from Bombay to Barcelona, Marrakech to Madeira. Every summer, they set sail on a six-week adventure, boarding a big steamer ship bound for Europe, North Africa or India (my mom was not a big flyer). They would trek through neigh- boring countries for over a month, collecting objects along the way. The Tory Burch Spring/Summer 2019 Collection was inspired by their casual, well-traveled glamour and easy eclecticism. Our Pre-Fall 2019 collection was inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe—the way she lived her life and how she interpreted the American Southwest. O’Keeffe is a hero of mine. I really admire her character, irreverence and individuality.

What are the places that have inspired you most in work—and life? Marrakech

is a constant inspiration. From driving through the Atlas Mountains to visiting Yves Saint Laurent’s gardens to wandering through the souks...there are vibrant colors everywhere you look. My parents honeymooned at La Mamounia 50 years ago, so it is sentimental as well. My design team and I have also taken several trips to India. Everything is saturated—from the bold tones of the saris, the flowers, the rugs, the spices. And in Northern India the intricacies of the architecture are breathtaking.

What trip changed your life?

I traveled abroad in college on Semester at Sea, a four-month boat trip that started in Spain and ended in Japan, stopping in 14 countries. Many of the places we visited were developing countries—it made me realize that I wanted to make a difference. That experience was the starting point for the Tory Burch Foundation.

Why is travel important to you?

Travel allows me to be fully present. It opens you up to the possibility of discovering something unexpected.

Favorite travel memory?

It’s hard to choose just one. I have been fortunate to have had many—summiting Machu Picchu at sunrise with my boys; fly-fishing at Brush Creek in Wyoming; visiting a hidden fish market at 4 a.m. in Tokyo—sushi is good at any hour.

Where are you headed next?

The next three months are seriously busy–Tokyo, Mexico City, Chicago, London, Atlanta.

Tory’s Travel Secrets

Favorite hotel hideaway?Il Pellicano

in Porto Ercole.

What do you look for in a good hotel? A good pillow.

Do you check or carry on? I check—I always have far too many bags.

What’s always in your carry-on? My lavender hand sanitizer, a D. Porthault baby pillow, and a great playlist.

Over packer or minimalist? Over packer, but I am working on it.

Your travel uniform? A trench coat, a cashmere turtleneck and our Buddy camera bag, which I designed in honor of my father.

New York or Paris? Both.

Most unusual thing you’ve brought back from a trip? A husband, from Paris.

Next on your bucket list? Going on safari in Africa has been a dream of mine for years.

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Published onMay 6, 2019

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