Photo courtesy of SCAD Hong Kong, Tory Burch with SCAD HK Students
Spoke to students about her entrepreneurial journey, social responsibility and embracing ambition
Chairman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of American lifestyle brand, Tory Burch, visited the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong for the first time on Friday, 9 March. The university for creative careers was honored to host the designer, who explored the UNESCO award-winning building and shared invaluable insights and experiences with the students.
Following the celebration of her boutique opening at Alexandra House, Tory Burch talked to SCAD Hong Kong students about her entrepreneurial journey, from the company’s launch in 2004 to her global business today. She also discussed navigating the changing retail and digital landscape.
Tory Burch also covered the brand’s commitment to social responsibility and the Tory Burch Foundation, which aims to empower women entrepreneurs — a topic aligned with SCAD’s dedication to equality and inclusion in higher education. She spoke about the Foundation’s global #EmbraceAmbition campaign that encourages women to embrace ambition. Inspired by Tory Burch’s personal experience as a woman in business, the campaign aims to address the double standard that exists around ambition, often seen as a positive in men, and a negative in women.
Following the talk, SCAD Hong Kong’s Luxury Fashion Management students had the unique opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with Tory Burch. The designer was highly impressed by the students’ work, the innovative technology, creative learning environments and SCAD alumni and professor artwork adorning the walls throughout the Sham Shui Po campus.
SCAD’s commitment to providing students with access to the best in class resources and connections have led to SCAD being recognized as No.1 for learning experience in Business of Fashion’s “Global Fashion School” rankings.
Notes to Editors
SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, non-profit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors and offers minors in more than 75 disciplines. With 35,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD is known as a thought leader, preparing graduates for professional success.
At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of nearly 14,000 students, from across the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of nearly 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment, and the innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources.
Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. In a survey of Spring 2016 SCAD graduates, 98 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation.
The SCAD Collaborative Learning Center partners with leading global brands to offer authentic real-world collaborations and in-depth learning opportunities for SCAD students to research and solve challenging problems.
Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its Chairman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch. Launched in February 2004, the collection includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home, and fragrance. There are more than 200 Tory Burch boutiques across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, and the brand is available at over 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide and toryburch.com.