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Tory Burch SS19: 5 family traditions that inspired the designer's vacation-ready collection

Tory Burch SS19: 5 family traditions that inspired the designer's vacation-ready collection

Magic moments

Text: Ryan Sng

Editor: Jolene Khor


The Parthenon, the Sydney Opera House and the Great Wall of China are some of the most photographed sites on earth; why, then, do people keep taking pictures of them? For that matter, why do people still collect mountains of Eiffel Tower merchandise, or 'I went to x destination and all I got was this lousy T-shirt' tees? We do it because these souvenirs are beyond a documentation of the places we’ve been; they are charged with memories of the day we experienced them, and the loved ones we were with.

Tory Burch’s spring/summer 2019 collection riffed on the Mediterranean and North African vacations that the designer and her parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson, used to take (in fact, a Shanghai pop-up from the brand that opened last week is dedicated to precisely these childhood voyages). A sense of adventure permeates the season’s clothing and accessories, with some very personal touches elevating them from playful to moving.

Assembled below is a compilation of the family traditions that give Burch’s sunny designs their sweetly nostalgic twist.

1. The collection's prints and shirting were influenced by Burch's parents' summer wardrobe.
Buddy's tailor-made striped shirts and sailing clothes informed the collection's nautical touches, while Reva's collection of tropical-printed dresses and scarves were translated into cotton prints and needlepoint tapestry.

2. A beaded and tasselled bracelet was inspired by a very special piece of her father's.
Burch's father owned a similar style which he would always fiddle with during pensive moods.

Tory Burch SS19: 5 family traditions that inspired the designer's vacation-ready collection (фото 1)

3. The collection's lace-trimmed pieces feature extracts of love notes Buddy wrote to Reva.
One quote affectionately describes how Reva would gamely keep designated driver Buddy awake over long stretches of driving: "Backseat Angel, you keep us awake playing oldies into the late." 

4. A Robins Way-printed canvas tote bag name-drops a favourite vacation spot.
It's not surprising that Burch wishes always to remember this little slice of paradise in East Hampton, dotted with summer homes and private beaches.

Tory Burch SS19: 5 family traditions that inspired the designer's vacation-ready collection (фото 2)

5. The collection's coin jewellery and embellishments reference Reva's penchant for collecting foreign currency.
Money makes the world go around, after all.

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