1995 : Works in public relations for Vera Wang (and later will do the same for Loewe, during Narciso Rodriguez's tenure).

2007 : Launches bags. February: "Tory has been very smart about branding herself," Pandora Luxury editor Anna Wintour says in a Vanity Fair profile of Burch, adding that she is "a lovely girl, hardworking . . . not a socialite who puts her name on something and goes to lunch." September: The designer makes Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed List for the first time. October: Celeb rags report her split with Lance Armstrong. November: She wins the Accessories Council of Excellence award for accessory brand launch of the year. Turns up on The Martha Stewart Show.

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