If you thought Tory Burch‘s preppy and polished aesthetic meant she was too sweet to take anybody to court, you were wrong. Word has it she’s thinking about taking her ex-husband and co-chair of the board of directors of her company Chris Burch to court over his new retail concept, C. Wonder.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that no lawsuit has been filed yet, but that Tory might take Chris, a venture capitalist who’s looking to sell his stake in Tory Burch Inc., to court for “trade dress infringement or usurpation of corporate opportunity.” Chris’s new store C. Wonder, a preppy and polished clothing emporium where you can get just about anything monogrammed, has been compared to Tory’s business at every turn since it opened in November. The New York Times wrote “it’s unclear whether this is an amicable homage or a hostile takeover” in its review of the first C Wonder store in SoHo.
And that’s what’s allegedly got Tory’s feathers ruffled — and ruffled enough that The New York Post got wind of it and had written a story about the potential lawsuit, but a source told WWD that it won’t go to press. New York Magazine, on the other hand, plans to publish an article about Tory and Chris Burch on Monday, but they’re not saying what the contents are. If Burch hasn’t filed suit, then we doubt that this story will confirm or deny whether Tory has any legal proceedings planned. But it will surely give a lot of interesting insight into their working relationship.