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This Is Tory Burch’s Secret to Success

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There is a lot we can learn from Tory Burch. How to dress impeccably, manners, and great public speaking. However, one of the most important things we can take from her is her work ethic. In a recent video interview with The Wall Street Journal, she talked about what she believes is the secret to success. “We try to have an environment where people can go to a lacrosse game or a doctor’s appointment. It’s not about the quantity of work, it’s about the quality,” she said.

This is such a simple, but brilliant sentiment and one that is often forgotten. Work smarter, not harder, is a mantra I try to remember to say every day, but I easily forget. Tory has grasped this concept and so have her employees.

In less than 10 years, Burch has grown her company from a staff of fewer than 20 working from her kitchen table to 3,000 employees (80 percent of whom are women). Her company, with revenues exceeding $800 million, is expected to go public any day now. According to Business Insider, she is outpacing competitors like Michael Kors and Coach (who may be interested in acquiring the company) even though she started many years after them.

Joanna Coles, an editor at Cosmopolitansaid, “People love her. They want to be her. And she’s really nice. Tory is not a monstrous, crazy fashion b*tch. She is an incredibly liked, well-respected woman.”

Clearly her mantra is working.

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Her work accomplishments are impressive, but I'm mostly amazed that a New York apartment kitchen table accommodated 20 employees.


What a great example of a successful woman who knows how to keep work-life balance!


She is great and so inspirational!


Tory Burch is truly an inspiration! She is hardworking, glamorous, and successful. Talk about a role model...


I like that Tory is known for being liked and respected, as well as being a great businesswoman. I think that especially in fashion, there's this pervading idea that you have to be a cruel boss, a la Miranda Priestley, to be successful. It's nice to see someone challenge that, and work to foster a work environment that is supportive as well as challenging.

Elana Gross

I love that Tory promotes a work environment focused on work-life integration. I truly believe you are more focused & and more productive at work when you take care of yourself however you define it!


Tory Burch is simply incredible. Her work ethic is astounding and I'm so glad we got a taste of what kind of career woman she is through this article!


Such an inspirational woman! I admire her, her company, and her work ethic!


Work smarter, not harder - I love it!! I feel like this is such a great quote for anyone seeking to improve their work-life harmony!


What an inspiration! She is brilliant and knows what true work ethic is.


I am so glad that Levo League wrote an article on her. I admire her so much as a person and her company as a whole. Also, her foundation for women entrepreneurs is inspiring!


"Work smarter, not harder" - what a great, quick phrase to always keep in mind!

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the Editor at Large for Levo League. Before that she was the Editor in Chief of The Grindstone and was on staff at Business Insider. She has written for magazines including Marie Claire, SELF, Women's Health and Cosmopolitan. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys SoulCycle, jogging and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier Otis, who also loves SoulCycle.