J. Christopher Burch the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital and co-founder of Tory Burch LLC was born March 28, 1953. Christopher Burch was raised in Wayne, Pennsylvania and had a middle class upbringing. His father was one of ten children and owned a company that distributed mining equipment.
Burch Creative Capital based in New York City is a firm that manages brand development and venture investments. Early in his career Christopher Burch attended Ithaca College and in 1976 started Eagle’s Eye Apparel with his brother Robert. He would buy sweaters for $10.00 and sell them for $15.00. He soon expanded, finding a factory to produce his new preppy sweaters for door to door sale.
The business quickly expanded from campus to campus and later into retail stores. Within 10 years the modest door to door sales had grown into 140 million in sales. In 1989 the company was partially sold to Swire Group and fully sold in 1998. The sale of the business valued the brand at $60 million. In 2004 J. Christopher Burch helped to start up another business venture.
The Tory Burch fashion label which is now his former wife’s label. Burch served as co-Chairman. In 2012 the Tory Burch fashion label was estimated to be worth $3.5 billion. Burch sold half of his 28.3% December 2012. In addition to assisting his wife start up her label, Burch was also involved in establishing J. Christopher Capital LLC in 2008 later renaming the company Burch Creative Capital.
In 2011 Burch launched C. Wonder that retailed accessories, apparel, and home decor. Xcel Brands purchased the company in 2015. Christopher Burch has been involved in a variety of different investments and business opportunities over his nearly 30 year career span. He has contributed to many brands including PowerMat, Poppin, Voss Water, Jawbone, Nihiwatu Hotel, and Faena Hotel + Universe.
Chris Burch founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital is also a former board member of Guggenheim Capital and the Continuum Group. According to Forbes.com, Christopher Burch believes that fashion and technology can grow together and that taking a glimpse into the past and present can give insight into future trends. Burch is a creative visionary who has grown and continues to grow in the fashion industry.