Voting en vogue

With Election Day traditionally on a Tuesday, it can be difficult to sneak away from work to head out to the polls. But one major fashion brand is taking steps to make sure that its employees participate in what is shaping up to be one of the most unconventional elections in American history.

According to Glamour, Tory Burch announced in an essay she wrote for the Wall Street Journal that she is giving her employees time off on Election Day — and she’s hoping other businesses will follow suit.

“As the CEO of a company, I can ensure that our employees have one less impediment to voting—time off to vote,” she wrote, says Glamour. “We are giving our employees time off on Election Day, Nov. 8, and we are making voter registration materials and information available. We call on our fellow corporate citizens to do the same.”

Pointing out that American voter turnout was at 53.6 percent in 2012, Burch’s piece cites studies indicating that such low turnout actually benefits career politicians, meanwhile efforts “including making Election Day a national holiday so that the very people whose lives are most affected by what goes on in Washington, D.C., and their state capitals can participate in their democracy without fear of losing ground” have failed to take hold.

Thus, Glamour says the CEO offered that the only way to open the door to the polls for working Americans is through the purview of their employers.

“It is rare that a CEO gets to make a decision that is as black and white as this one,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Giving employees time off on Election Day will not only facilitate their participation in our democratic system—a net win for all of us—it will also foster a culture in which the importance of voting is recognized and celebrated.”

You heard her — now let’s get out there and vote.

Tory Burch releases new Zodiac-inspired line

Fall is the perfect time to boost your style, especially since new trends and collections are making their debut right alongside the cooling temperatures and changing leaves. And making its grand entrance just in time for the fall is a new bag collection by the one and only Tory Burch.

According to Glamour, the new line includes several handbags and clutches based on the Gemini zodiac sign. Called the Gemini Link collectionGlamour says that Burch chose to design the collection around the sign not only because she is a Gemini, but also because of the “multiples” in her own life: “her twin children, and the ways she prides herself on being multidimensional (FYI: She’s a mother and an entrepreneur as well as a designer and a CEO.)”

The Gemini motif manifests itself in the form of a double metal link on the bag, says Glamour, offering a subtle take on the theme. The best part is that the theme will be “found across clothing and accessory designs in Burch’s fall collection, from shoes to puffer coats,” according to Glamour.

Starting at $75 for Gemini Link stud earrings, you can purchase everything from bracelets to hats to skirts showcasing the motif, with the most expensive piece selling for $1,095

Ready for the new collection? Head over to ToryBurch.com to shop the line now!

 

Tory Burch Foundation announces first fellowship winner

Tory Burch knows a thing or two about being a successful entrepreneur — that’s why she set out last year to help another businesswoman kickstart their company.

After last year’s launch of the Tory Burch Foundation’s Fellows Competition — which is designed to give “women entrepreneurs from around the U.S. access to education, mentoring, and networking opportunities—as well as the chance to receive a grant business investment of $100,000,” — Glamour says that the Foundation finally selected their first fellowship winner:

“Kate McAleer, founder of Bixby & Co., an organic and vegan-friendly snack bar company based in Rockland, Maine, was selected from 10 finalists after all pitched their business plans to a judging panel that included Burch, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and model and designer Liya Kebede,” reports Glamour.

McAleer started her journey after being chosen as one of 30 women selected by the Tory Burch Foundation to compete in the competition — a small pool of candidates that was narrowed from over 500 applicants. After the Foundation’s initial selection process, Glamour says that the candidates were then narrowed down to the top 10 via a public online voting process. From there, she was selected as the winner after a business plan pitch competition.

Founded in 2009, the Tory Burch Foundation was launched by Burch herself on the heels of her own success in the fashion industry as a way to guide other aspiring businesswomen by providing loan assistance, entrepreneurial education and opportunities to network with other business owners.

As for McAleer, she will use the $100,000 business investment she won to expand Bixby & Co.’s product line, says Glamour.

Congratulations to Kate McAleer and all of the competition’s finalists! Brava!