J. Christopher Burch has been an entrepreneur and active investor across a wide range of industries for nearly 30 years. He has contributed to the rise of multiple technology and luxury brands, including Aliph (Jawbone), the Faena Hotel + Universe, NextJump, PowerMat, Tory Burch, Voss Water and C. Wonder.
Mr. Burch’s entrepreneurial success began in 1976 when he was still an undergraduate student at Ithaca College. With his brother Bob, he invested $2,000 to start Eagle’s Eye apparel, a business they grew to $165 million and then sold to Swire Group.
After the sale of Eagle’s Eye, Mr. Burch was one of the earliest investors in Internet Capital Group, a well-known IPO story in the Internet space.
Mr. Burch relied increasingly on his ability to find the nexus between innovation and implementation and continued to realize success, based in part on his intuitive understanding of consumer behavior and his experience utilizing superior sourcing infrastructure and direct-to-consumer channels.
Mr. Burch established J. Christopher Capital in 2008 to manage his growing investment portfolio and support the development of new lifestyle and consumer products brands, including retail concept C. Wonder. He serves as Chief Executive Officer.
He also is Co-Founder of Tory Burch, one of the fastest-growing women’s fashion labels in the U.S. and internationally, and a member of its board of directors. Founded in 2004, Tory Burch now has freestanding boutiques around the world, as well as presence in hundreds of department stores.