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Some of the fashion industry's top players have spoken out in favor of Tory Burch in light of the lawsuit her former husband and colleague Chris Burch has filed against her. Referring to the similarities between Tory's brand Tory Burch and Chris's brand C. Wonder, Diane von Furstenberg told Vanity Fair, "It's not just credit. Everyone takes credit—that doesn't really matter. What I find bizarre and nasty, and can't possibly finish well for him, is that he is? hurting [her business] by sabotaging it, by copying it. I don't understand."
As if the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's support isn't enough, Vogue's Anna Wintour has also voiced her pro-Tory stance. Wintour said, "The person who has been at every single appointment over the years is Tory. Tory is the one who has always talked to us about her aspirations, and her ideas for growth, how she saw the brand, asked advice on people she might want to bring in—it's always been, as far as we're concerned, 100 percent Tory's business, and we've never had anything to do with Chris."
For the uninitiated, Chris is suing Tory because she's allegedly making it difficult for him to sell shares in the Tory Burch brand. After wading through all the legalese, it's also apparent that he demands a large part of the credit for launching the successful brand (due to his investments and sourcing and product development) as well as the removal of Tory, the person, and four directors from the company's board.
As Chris Burch Seeks Tory Burch's Ouster at Her Own Brand, Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour Condemn His "Nasty . . . Sabotaging" and Absenteeism [Vanity Fair]
Burches Do Battle: Christopher Burch Files Lawsuits Against Tory Burch [Racked]