American designer Tory Burch burst upon the fashion scene in February 2004 and has been a success ever since. In the Philippines, her Reva ballet flat with the “T” logo medallion is a status symbol, worn by the moneyed and the stylish – sometimes to work, often on casual weekends at the mall.
Tory Burch can be said to have revived the popularity of the ballet flat and her simple yet elegant designs have contributed much to this resurgence.
Her Reva flats sell in Manila for around P12,000. They can be had for half the price in the US. Check out her website for items on sale.
As an impecunious writer, I rely on my California-based cousin Ivy Ortuoste for bargains such as those below, which she’ll be bringing to me in June:
The Reva in gray flannel is a refreshing alternative to the usual leather one sees everywhere in Manila, while the Anne Marie ballet flat in bronze, sans the large TB medallion, is simple and low-key – for me the essential components of style (as opposed to fashion, which is trendy and not always tasteful).
They both look very comfortable. I’m counting down the days till June.
Update, after an hour of posting the above:
Because it can be had for less in the US, I have succumbed to succulent temptation and asked Ivy to get me the TB Nylon Ella Tote in Butterfly Pink. As Ik commented, “Mama, it fufills your criteria for the perfect bag – it’s large and roomy, sturdy, and pink!” The nylon material reminds me of the Longchamp Le Pliage that I already have, and looks like it can take any rough-and-tumble times it’ll go through with me. The leather trim provides the perfect touch, the 7″ handles mean the bag can still be slung over a shoulder, and it’s PINK. Perfect perfect perfect.
June is still three entire months away! “Waiting is such sweet sorrow.”