You might not peg preppy lifestyle designer Tory Burch as a Tupac Shakur fan — but her first book, Tory Burch: In Color ($50, Abrams), reveals that the Upper East Sider’s taste in music is as bold as her print-splashed womenswear line. Hitting shelves Oct. 14, the tome gives readers the scoop on Burch’s favorite things from cocktails to artists and includes playlists curated by such friends as ex-boyfriend/music executive Lyor Cohen. “Music is an inspiration in everything I do,” says Burch, who counts The Cure and Van Morrison, who she saw perform in a Parisian dive bar 15 years ago, among her faves. As for Tupac? “I listen to him in the car. That’s when I play my rap.”
What’s your earliest music memory?
Who would you like to dress?
Cover of Tory Burch’s book “Tory Burch: In Color”
What role does music play when you’re in the design studio?
A lyric or even the attitude of a singer can inspire me. During late nights before we show a collection, music keeps me going. This season, a remix of “Eye of the Tiger” was on repeat.
If you could be in a band, which would it be?
David Bowie’s. I’d be a backup singer.
This story originally appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of Billboard.