Tory Burch: In Color by Tory Burch with a foreword by Anna Wintour, is a multifaceted look book illustrating where the design icon finds inspiration. While some of her sources (Paris, Yves Saint Laurent, lush gardens) are to be expected, others—obscure poems, hip-hop artists, apricots—provide a deeper perspective on how a former art history student built a fashion empire. O asked her to flesh out the portrait.

Her Original Style Icon: "My father, Buddy Robinson, was superchic—a dandy. He always wore dinner jackets at night and espadrilles in the summer, but with his own flair. He was even well dressed when riding a tractor or listening to a ball game on the radio."

Her Go-To Color: "I love blue in all its shades and textures. I wear navy like others wear black, and I love the blue in flowers—cornflowers, delphiniums. There's a Diebenkorn painting— Ocean Park No. 68 —that is the color of a swimming pool and always reminds me of summers at the beach."

The Novel That's Most Influenced Her:" The Great Gatsby, for the sheer glamour of it, for the way it captures something quintessentially American."

What Keeps Her Grounded "The women I meet through the Tory Burch Foundation —entrepreneurs who have tenacity and ambition and are giving back to their communities. They inspire me and remind me why I'm doing what I'm doing."


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