This week saw the launch of the first collaboration between entrepreneur, designer and philanthropist Tory Burch and renowned interior designer, antique and textile collector, Robert Kime.

Tory Burch is someone who I have personally admired for many years.

In 2004 following her strong gut instinct Tory Burch entered her fashion label into the market with her own bricks and mortar store, something which many strongly discouraged her to do.

After her first day of trading her New York store was so successful that the store was practically empty of her coveted flat pumps and tunics!

Image credit Vogue Australia

Winning numerous business awards and accolades in 2015 Tory Burch was first included in the Forbes List of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women In The World.

To me, Tory Burch is an inspiration, an icon.

When I first walked into her London store in New Bond Street I was captivated.   It was 2009 and I was just newly married, with a spring in my step! I had just qualified as a solicitor and started a new position at skincare brand, Elemis, to develop skills business acumen in marketing.

What struck me was the interior of the store, the way it was designed and how it was furnished and dressed.  I had never seen anything like it before and it was love at first sight on all levels.

The clothes, shoes and accessories were and still are to me a dream… I still wear some of Burch’s pieces which I bought all those year ago, I treasure them, value and enjoy them.

Like Tory Burch herself, the design, elegance and style of her retail empire is timeless.

Let me now introduce Robert Kime, an Englishman who is quite rightly considered to be a decorating legend.

His signature style stems from his passion for antique dealing and textile collecting.  He is known for his ability to put rooms together using pieces from the past and the present to create rooms which are timeless, and perfectly imperfect.

Image credit Tory Burch

With such a similar alignment of values it is therefore no surprise that Burch and Kime decided to collaborate after working together on Tory’s home in Normandy, France.

In 2019 their friendship took them on a trip to Japan where they visited Tokyo, Kyoto and the ancient city of Nara.

Image credit Robert Kime

This first collection, “The Nara Collection” presents a group of fabrics and wallpapers which lean heavily on shades of blue.  The designs incorporate elements of the natural world such as cherry blossoms, bamboo and butterflies.

The collection is absolutely beautiful and provides endless possibilities to transform a room with new cushions or perhaps upholstery.

You can see and shop the full collection here.  I cannot wait to visit Robert Kime’s store in London soon to see the collection in real life!

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