Tory Burch presented her fall 2014 collection this morning at Lincoln Center, but that’s not the only reason her name is on the industry’s lips today. WWD is reporting that the designer, who launched her eponymous (and wildly successful) label back in 2004, will branch out into menswear, men’s accessories and activewear in the coming months.
The speculation stems from Burch’s latest hire: Jeffrey Uhl, formerly the senior vice president of men’s design at Coach Inc., will join the team at Burch’s booming lifestyle brand in a few weeks, and is said to be overseeing both men’s and women’s accessories. Burch is renowned worldwide for her accessories — she’s even taken home the CFDA Award for best accessories design — so expanding into men’s seems like a natural next step for the label.
A spokesperson for Tory Burch did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the speculation.
In addition, WWD reports that Burch also hired Gigi Mortimer — designer and founder of the New York City-based accessories line Glamourpuss — to head up her new activewear division. Burch already has a collaboration with FitBit health trackers coming in the spring, and if she does introduce activewear into her collection next year, we can see the fun prints and bright colors being a hit among stylish fitness fanatics.
While this is still hearsay, we’re eager to see what’s next for Burch’s growing empire. Watch this space.