Christopher Burch, born March 28, 1953, was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He was the son of two hard working middle class parents and one of 10 children. Burch’s work ethic and innovative sense of style made him the successful entrepreneur worth billions he is today.
Burch’s first major business venture was in 1976 with his brother. The two began their apparel business known as Eagle’s Eye with only a $2,000 investment. Burch soon decided that their company needed to create and sell a more dapper styled sweater. One that he could begin selling on campus. This venture soon multiplied from one campus to other campuses and ended up in retail stores. In a mere 10 year span, the company was netting sales of an estimated $140 million. Chris Burch sold a portion of the company in 1989 and the rest of the company in 1998 for $60 million.
His fashion endeavors continued when he founded Tory Burch fashions with his then wife in 2004. He owned nearly 30% of the company and was co-Chairman of the label until he sold half of it in 2012. He went on to create J. Christopher Capital LLC turned Burch Creative Capital in 2008. He then launched C. Wonder in 2011 and sole it in 2015.
Technology and fashion go hand in hand. Both industries grow, evolve, and experience change together. Burch comments on these two elements as sharing and working together to generate further evolution. Designers are always working on the expansion of fashion and technology.
Technology is everywhere; mp3s and cellphones are the norm. Why not wear clothing that could charge these items with clothing that captures kinetic energy through simple movement? Soledad Martin is currently in the process of making this a reality.
Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin are working on items that are both fashionable and keep one safe. Their innovative thinking may make bike helmets a thing of the past as their air bag type neck piece allows for better visibility and protection.
Fashion designers are feeling inspired through technology. Fashion that is useful, functional, and stylish is the focus.
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