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Ten Questions with Tory Burch

tory+burch Ten Questions with Tory Burch

It’s hard to believe that Tory Burch launched her eponymous label only five years ago.

In 2004, she opened a flagship store in the NoLIta neighborhood of New York City; the boutique, filled with ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry, sold out on the first day. In 2005, she was endorsed by Oprah; the following day, toryburch.com received 8 million hits and Oprah’s prediction became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Since then, Tory Burch has become the unofficial outfitter of celebrities and soccer moms alike. With its zesty color palette, striking prints and forgiving cuts, the brand furnishes fashionistas with stylish yet wearable clothing and accessories, sans sticker shock. And her much-imitated Reva ballet slipper are on many a girl’s wardrobe wish-list (including my own).

tory+burch+pink+reva Ten Questions with Tory Burch

Recently, I had the much envied opportunity to chat up fashion phenom and fellow Philadelphian, Tory Burch. So if you want to know more about the brainy beauty behind this chic lifestyle brand, try this interview on for size.

SP: When did your fascination with fashion begin?
TB: It would have been impossible not to have developed a passion for fashion and style growing up with my mother and father. They have both always had an amazing and innate sense of style. I did not always dream of being a designer, but I think the fashion industry was a natural fit for me. After over 15 years working in marketing and public relations for great designers like Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez, it became clear that my passion was in the design process and I knew it was something I wanted to do.

SP: What was your first big break in the fashion industry?
TB:
Eight months after our launch I got a call from a producer at Oprah saying that they were doing a show dedicated to the “next big things” and Oprah wanted to feature the line. I was sure it was some friend of mine making a prank call, but it wasn’t. After going on Oprah’s show everything changed. The day the episode aired we got eight million hits on our website and suddenly women in America seemed to know who we were. It was amazing. I can definitely say we owe a huge part of our success to Oprah’s support.

tory+burch+summer+2009 Ten Questions with Tory BurchSP: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
TB:
We design timeless yet modern American sportswear with a bohemian sensibility. I design clothes that I want to wear myself and being a working mom I need easy pieces that work well with my busy lifestyle. I think most women can identify with that and they want to look chic and fashionable without having to spend a lot of time putting an outfit together.

SP: In your opinion, what makes a woman stylish?
TB: I think everyone probably has their own idea of what is stylish, but the best guide to looking chic is to focus on what looks well on you. I like to mix unusual colors and prints and have learned what silhouettes suit me the best. I love fashion and pay attention to trends but don’t necessarily always follow them too literally, again I think it’s best to know what works on you. I like when women show their individuality and put a bit of their own personality into their style.

SP: Favorite color combination?
TB:
The combination of pink and orange is classic yet unexpected. Our signature 3T print is done in pink and orange on everything from our shopping bags and shoe boxes to flip flops and cosmetic bags. The chairs in our showroom are orange with pink velvet cushions and I love the way they brighten up the space. They are both uplifting and vibrant colors that go well together on everything from accessories to clothing to furniture.

tory+burch+logo Ten Questions with Tory BurchSP: I absolutely adore your double T logo. It’s genius! How did it come about?
TB:
We worked with a branding company called MODCO who showed me about 200 different logo designs. I was drawn to the one we chose because it didn’t look like a traditional logo. I see it as more of a design element that we incorporate into our prints and our signature hardware.

SP: Favorite places to shop in Philadelphia?
TB:
Anthropologie is one of my favorite places to shop for unique gifts and I love their home section. Blue Mercury has the best selection of candles, lotions and beauty products. They have a mix of both well-known and up and coming brands so I always find something new to try. My step-daughters love to shop at Boyd’s and Skirt. They have great denim brands and a terrific mix of designers at all price points. Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia has everything. Definitely one stop shopping.

SP: If I were to search your handbag, what beauty products would I find? And what is your signature fragrance?
TB:
NARS Lipstick in Mitzi. Signature fragrance – Vetiver by Guerlain.

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SP: What is your everyday beauty routine?
TB:
My beauty regime is very easy. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and often leave the house with wet hair. My style is very natural and easy and my beauty regime is similar. Not too much effort goes into it.

SP: What’s the best beauty tip/secret you’ve ever heard?
TB:
Protect your skin from the sun.

Tory Burch is available at 16 free-standing Tory Burch boutiques across the US, toryburch.com and over 400 select department and specialty stores worldwide. Follow Tory on Twitter at twitter.com/toryburch.

Michelle Obama Puts The Va Va Voom in Volunteerism

michelle+obama Michelle Obama Puts The Va Va Voom in Volunteerism

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama put the va va voom in volunteering.

Dressed in a Bowtie Tweed cardigan jacket from the Thakoon Resort 2009 collection paired with a Sonia Rykiel belt, Mrs. O spoke of the importance of community service at Greater DC Cares’ 2009 Business & Nonprofit Philanthropy Summit and Awards.

Were her makeup and hair not perfection? Gotta get that recipe.

Priscilla of Boston Bridal Sample Sale

priscilla+of+boston Priscilla of Boston Bridal Sample SaleSorry for the late notice on this one, dolls…

Today, Priscilla of Boston is having a one day only sample sale – hosted in their 15 salon locations.

Couture bridal gown creations (from Priscilla of Boston, Platinum for Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, and Vineyard collections) originally offered between $1,500 and $8,000 will start at $199, with bridesmaid and special event dresses (from Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet and Vineyard collections) starting at $19.99!

Friday, June 19, 2009
Extended hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
No Appointment Necessary

Priscilla of Boston (New York, NY)
264 W 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
212.997.3956

Priscilla of Boston (Long Island – New York City Area)
154 Mineola Ave
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
516.484.2080

Priscilla of Boston (Atlanta, GA)
3234 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
404.760.9800

Priscilla of Boston (Boston, MA)
801 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
617.267.9070

Priscilla of Boston (Chicago Area)
17W170 22nd St
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
630.833.5000

Priscilla of Boston (Denver, CO)
299 Detroit Street
Denver, CO 80206
303.355.9491

Priscilla of Boston (Dallas, TX)
4000 Villanova ST
Dallas, TX 75225
214.691.0669

Priscilla of Boston (Houston, TX)
1131-10 Uptown Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056
713.526.1886

Priscilla of Boston (Northern New Jersey)
565 Millburn Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973.376.2345

Priscilla of Boston (Washington, DC Area)
8065 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
703.821.0167

Priscilla of Boston (Philadelphia Area)
29 E Wynnewood RD
Wynnewood, PA 19096
610.896.8290

Priscilla of Boston (Minnesota Area)
3926 West 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424
952.922.2106

Priscilla of Boston (Orlando)
7940 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
407.374.2515

Priscilla of Boston (Miami area)
348 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305.447.6807

Priscilla of Boston (San Francisco)
170 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.951.0400

Check Out My Latest J Crew Conquest

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Peep this dressy jersey strapless dress I just scored yesterday at the J Crew store in my hood. Online, it’s priced at $49.99, but I snapped it up for only $29.99!

This dress is going to be perfect come July and August when it’s so hot and humid, I can’t bear to wear clothes…but I have to, lest I get arrested.

This dress will be adorable paired with favorite J Crew flippy floppies…or dressed up with some cute heels and accessories.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, head to the J Crew store in Liberty Place – and ask for Glen, my new favorite personal shopper. He’s super helpful with a keen eye for style. Tell him Spoiled Pretty sent you.

Old Navy $2 Tanks: Saturday, June 20

old+navy+2+dollar+tanks Old Navy $2 Tanks: Saturday, June 20

Summer is here and now is the perfect time to stock up on those perfect hot weather staples.

You can never have too many rib-knit tanks! So, this Saturday, June 20th, get your favorite Old Navy tanks for only $2 each. Available in 50 color choices including solid, stripe, print and embellished…they won’t last long!

*Please note this promotion is available in stores only with a limit of 5 per customer on select styles only while supplies last.

old+navy+rib+knit+tanks Old Navy $2 Tanks: Saturday, June 20

Ideeli Sales This Week

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Castle Starr Sale
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Prices start at $39 (up to 83% off)

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Me&Ro Sale
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Cullen Sale
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Vera Wang Sale
Starts Friday, June 19
Prices start at $129 (up to 75% off)

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And don’t miss the Jimmy Choo handbag giveaway. How ferosh is this canvas hobo?

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I’m On Ideeli!

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Ideeli, my favorite sample sale website, recently profiled me for their blog. Click here to read about my beauty and style obsessions – and to rock out to my top 10 jams.

And while you’re there, be sure to sign up for membership…it’s free! And don’t miss their Oscar de la Renta giveaway. One lucky winner a one-of-a-kind dress designed by the icon himself. Better yet, in addition to this original creation, the winner will receive a sketch of the dress, signed by the designer.

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Sister Act: Interview With Handbag Designers, Magnes Sisters

magnes+sisters+bags Sister Act: Interview With Handbag Designers, Magnes SistersAs a handbag buff, I was beside myself when I was offered the opportunity to interview Dina, Yael, and Tamar Magnes – the sister act behind Magnes Sisters, a line of fashion forward handbags. Read on for my Q&A with this talented trio. Spoiled Pretty is taking you behind the bag…welcome to the Magnes family!

SP: How did your handbag line come about?
MS:
When we were growing up in Israel, our Grandmother prophesied the careers of each sister – one would design clothing, the second, jewelry, and the third would be a graphic designer. Many years later, we moved to New York together to follow those dreams and collaborate on a handbag line that would use all of our skills. The rest is history!

SP: What was the hardest part about breaking into the industry?
MS:
Breaking in takes a lot of persistence and the drive to keep going. Slowly, by slowly you realize that people are starting to recognize the product and this is what makes it so rewarding.

SP: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

MS:
Our design aesthetic can be summed up by New York City, clean design, and modern vintage!

magnes+sisters+dry+martini Sister Act: Interview With Handbag Designers, Magnes Sisters

SP: What inspires your designs?
MS:
The collection is inspired by several factors in our lives – first of all, grandmothers! Our own grandmother had a huge impact on our lives, and was the reason we chose to collaborate. She also had fabulous fashion sense! We loved her vintage style and family has always been very important in our work as well. Secondly, we are constantly being inspired by our home, New York City. Our bags have a very urban design aesthetic, and we are always committed to making every bag functional. They are truly designed for the modern woman on the go and we like to think of them as city chic!

SP: What is your favorite Magnes Sisters handbag to date?
Dina:
My favorite would have to be the Gallery from our classic collection.
Yael:
I’m personally a fan of the new Dancing in the Streets for fall.
Tamar:
I love the I Love Bag from our new fall 09 collection!

SP: How do you come up with the names for your bags?
MS:
There are so many places where you have to be conservative in this industry, this is a fun part! Names are all part of a family of bags and we never use the names of girls. We consider, where you would wear the bags, how are they going to be used, and what will you need to put in them.

maybelline+great+lash+mascara Sister Act: Interview With Handbag Designers, Magnes SistersSP: If I were to search your handbags, what beauty products would I find?
Dina:
Kiehl’s hand cream – I’m a Kiehl’s girl!
Yael:
Sunscreen – SPF 35, Maybelline mascara, Mario Badescu hand cream.
Tamar:
None! I put it all on at home but in my makeup bag there I have a bunch Ricky’s and MAC, Maybelline mascara, MAC bronzer, MAC lip gloss.

SP: Are there other handbag designers that you like to wear?
Dina:
Marni and Chanel.
Yael:
Rachel Nasvik and Chanel.
amar: Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Chanel.

SP: Who do you envision wearing your bags? What kind of woman is your typical customer?
MS: Definitely a city girl – we always design with chic, modern, working women in mind. The bags are always multi-functional and stylish enough for her to be seen out and about in!

SP: Which celebrity would you love to have wear one of your bags that hasn’t yet?
Dina: Chloe Sevigny, definitely.
Yael:
Michelle Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Tamar:
Katie Holmes, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liv Tyler.

SP: Does the fact that you’re sisters make it easier or harder to work together?
Dina: It can be a little difficult because we are all so very passionate about the collection and know each other so well.
Yael:
We know each other completely, so there are lots of times when we have fun creating things together, from baking cookies, to planning a party – and we always have had that relationship.
Tamar:
Easier on one hand because we trust each other completely!

SP: Do you have plans to expand your line beyond handbags?
MS: Yes – we want to do paper products eventually, similar to Kate Spade’s line, as well as jewelry, jackets, and many more!

SP: What’s next for Magnes Sisters?
MS:
We want to continue growing, so your readers should get ready to see the Magnes Sisters brand in larger stores! We want to always be having fun, no matter what the future holds for us.

Ideeli Sales This Week

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Raj Sale
Sale starts Monday, June 8
Prices start at $24 (up to 62% off)

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Nancy Rose Sale
Sale starts Monday, June 8
Prices start at $25 (up to 88% off)

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Chloe Sale
Sale starts Thursday, June 11
Prices start at $84 (up to 72% off)

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Lacoste Sale
Sale starts Thursday, June 11
Prices start at $19 (up to 55% off)

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Forte Sale
Sale starts Friday, June 12
Prices start at $45 (up to 72% off)

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