Chris Burch, Entrepreneur and Visionary

Chris Burch is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in New York. He studied at Ithaca College and graduated with a degree in business. Burch started his first business while he was still a college student. He co-founded Eagle Eye’s Apparel with his brother. They started off with a seed investment of $2,000. They grew it to a $150 million business before they sold it to the Swire Group. Burch ventured into investing after the sale of Eagle’s Eye. He was an early investor in the Internet Capital Group which had a successful IPO. He has invested in several real estate ventures in locations all over the world.

 

Burch has developed luxury homes in Florida, New York, and Nantucket. Burch partnered with Alan Faena and Philippe Stark who is an architect to develop the Faena Hotel + Universe in Argentina. Burch was asked by Ellen DeGeneres to launch her lifestyle brand known as ED by Ellen DeGeneres. He started an apparel and home décor retailer C. Wonder in 2011. The company turned out to be a successful venture. Xcel Brands acquired it. Burch later started Cocoon9. This is a company that develops luxury homes that feature contemporary design and sophisticated finishes. Burch has been a member of the board of Guggenheim Capital, the Rothman Orthopedic Hospital, and the Continuum Group.

 

Burch wrote about the fusion of technology and fashion in an article that appeared on Engadget. He starts off by mentioning how the best-selling products of the last few decades performed well because they were fashionable. These include the boom box in the 70s and the Walkman in the 90s. The products sold more because they were widely adopted. Burch notes that the synthesis of fashion and technology is ongoing. Some designers have already started using the two together.

 

Some of the designs that have come out of the synthesis of the two fields include a drink-making dress, an airbag for cyclists, smart gloves, and clothes made from recycled material. Burch added that technology offers an extensive playground for designers to experiment and come up with new products. The resulting products are elegant and functional at the same time.

 

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