Tory Burch And The Coat
Once upon a time, there was this woman from the USA who started her fashion label. Its items sold out in only the first day.
A year and two months later, Oprah said that she was “the next big thing in fashion” and from then on, her brand grew rapidly.
She began taking part on the boards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Startup America Partnership and the Barnes Foundation.
Also, she was a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School of Business and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She started her own foundation after five years of business. Through it, she supported the economic empowerment of women in her own country.
Her name was Tory Burch.
Almost everything seemed perfect about her but then it came.
Years later, for her Resort collection, she chose to make an almost identical copy of a Romanian coat, which was made a hundred years before, found at the MET.
The collection was claimed to have been inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Elizabeth of Toro. The influences for it were cited as African.
Lots of Romanians got angry and commented on her pages. She and her staff deleted what they could. But there were too many comments.
Because of the high pressure, she’ll say on her Facebook page “In our effort to summarize the collection, we missed a reference to a beautiful Romanian coat which inspired one of the pieces.”
Yet it actually inspired a couple of pieces and the coat, still, wasn’t exactly “inspired” by it.
On hardly anywhere besides some news outlets and La Blouse Roumaine’s pages will be written about it. It’s sad.
source: MET Museum
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01.08.2017: By the way, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri made three knockoffs of other Romanian pieces and she’s even worse than Burch.
She hasn’t said anything about them yet (after almost two months) and will sell them in selected stores at more than 14.000$ plus taxes because, apparently, they’re “the highlights” of the collection.