For something involving people who make pretty things for a living, the fight between Tory Burch and ex-husband Chris Burch sure is ugly.
A refresher: Chris launched his C. Wonder brand back in November 2011, and ever since day one it has drawn comparisons to the Tory Burch empire in design, merchandising, and product offerings — some more warranted than others. This, amidst other bad blood between the former couple, has prompted a slew of tabloid dramas and messy lawsuits, the most recent of which has seen Tory hit with accusations of breach of contract and interference, as well as demands that she and four other board members be removed from the board of her eponymous company.
The whole unseemly (and, thanks to all the legal jargon involved, somewhat confounding) affair is detailed in the December issue of Vanity Fair — which you’re probably already planning on picking up for the supremely juicy Kate Moss piece — and writer Vanessa Grigoriadis gets some input from industry bigwigs Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour. Here’s what they had to say:
“It’s not just credit. Everyone takes credit—that doesn’t really matter,” says designer Diane von Furstenberg, a colleague of Tory’s. “What I find bizarre and nasty, and can’t possibly finish well for him, is that he is… hurting [her business] by sabotaging it, by copying it. I don’t understand.”
“The person who has been at every single appointment over the years is Tory,” says Vogue’s Anna Wintour. “Tory is the one who has always talked to us about her aspirations, and her ideas for growth, how she saw the brand, asked advice on people she might want to bring in—it’s always been, as far as we’re concerned, 100 percent Tory’s business, and we’ve never had anything to do with Chris.”
And while we know that the court of law will get the final say in the Burch v. Burch dispute, it seems, at least for now, that the fashion tribe has spoken.