Tory Burch and her ex-husband, Chris, are engaged in a legal battle over his role in her eponymous multi-billion dollar brand and his new fashion line.
Tory's attorney said that Chris, who gave her $2 million to start her business eight years ago, is "ripping off" her ideas. For his part, Chris isn't backing down, releasing a clothing brand that looks very similar to Tory's that sells for a fraction of the price.
They're at each other's throats.
But decades ago, before the lawsuit, the couple fell in love in the Hamptons, Chris told Vanity Fair's Vanessa Grigoriadis.
It all began when Chris gave Tory a ride:
" “Tory and I had become friends, and I gave her a ride out to the Hamptons,” recalls Chris. “I thought she was cute as a button—‘Hmm, she’s cute.’ We went out a couple times, and within a very short period I thought, That girl’s fun, that girl’s cute.
But Chris didn't think Tory was ready for a commitment:
Tory had 18 boyfriends. She was dating everybody. Then we had a weekend at my house, and my girls, who were really young, loved her. She was playing tennis with them. It just kind of snuck up on me.”
But says he ultimately loved being around her:
“It wasn’t about looks,” he says. “She had brown hair and I like blondes.” Her ambition? “No,” he says. “It wasn’t a list of things. I just enjoyed being around her.”'
The couple soon married. Since their divorce in 2006, they've had to remain somewhat civil: the former couple has six children they're raising together.
Read the full Vanity Fair piece here.
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