She Speaks: The Pandemic Through the Eyes of Tory Burch

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For some, when the world grinds to a halt, their motivation goes with it. For others, especially those atop billion-dollar businesses with thousands of employees in their care, there is no other choice but to go on. Despite the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic – from life in lockdown to economic uncertainty – Tory Burch is in the latter group.

Her determination and mental acumen saw her turning her personal experience into a social experiment, which played out on her Instagram account. Instead of turning inwards, she turned outwards, engaging her followers with a rare look inside her private life at home. In some shots, she is seated at her dining room table, elbow deep in papers, signifying that the work never ceases. In others, she is stretching on a yoga mat, sharing a recipe or a list of her favorite books, and speaking to the need for separate creative spaces when working from home with a spouse.

This is Burch at her most personal, most accessible. It’s somehow comforting to know that everyone is going through a similar situation, and that it isn’t easy for anyone, but Burch has managed to remain positive and inspiring in spite of it all. In the exclusive interview below, Burch spoke with Savoir Flair about how her team is coping through the crisis, her self-care tips, and even her new favorite recipe.

Tory Burch Home
A snapshot inside Tory Burch's home | Photo: Courtesy of Tory Burch

It’s the understatement of the century to say we’re living through a strange and difficult time. How long have you been social distancing? How is your mental state?
I have been social distancing since mid-March. It is difficult, but I try to manage my anxiety by thinking about a few things. First and foremost, I am constantly thinking about the people on the frontlines. They have singlehandedly reinforced my faith in humankind. Second, I think about how fortunate my family and I are to have our health. And third, I am truly lucky to have such an extraordinary team that is agile and has risen to the occasion.

What’s been keeping you busy during these long days of isolation?
Work, honestly. We are really focused on our company. I say to our team that it used to be day-by-day, now it is hour-by-hour. We will get through this, but it is challenging.

We will get through this, but it is challenging.

While I’m sure Slim and Chicken [her dogs] are happy to have you home all the time, interpersonal relationships are a bit tougher. Are the kids going stir-crazy? How are you structuring your time with your family?
Each day is so vastly different, so it is impossible to have a routine. I do set aside time for family every day – a quick lunch or bike ride with my sons. It clears my mind, and I am grateful for the family time.

Our Netflix accounts are getting a real workout these days. What’s keeping you entertained?
I am not watching TV very much right now – and when I do, it’s CNN.

What is your advice when anxiety and worry start to get the better of you? Any self-care tips you can share?
Get outside if you can. A little fresh air does wonders. Also, sport – it has always been a big part of my life. It helps me clear my mind, focus, and stay positive.

According to Instagram, you’ve been experimenting with recipes and finding what works and what doesn’t. What’s your favorite comfort food recipe at the moment?
I made banana bread last weekend with help from my son. Here’s our recipe:

Tory Burch's Banana Bread
Tory Burch's Banana Bread
One loaf 1 hour 20 minutes
Tory Burch's Banana Bread
    • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
    • 2 eggs
    • 1¾ cups flour
    • 1½ cups sugar
    • ½ cup vegetable oil
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup walnuts (optional)
  • Step 1

    Combine the oil, eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas.

  • Step 2

    Add the baking soda and flour.

  • Step 3

    Combine well for 2-3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 162ºC oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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