Is Tory Burch a Luxury Brand? Where Her Bags Are Made

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When Tory Burch was first launched, their products carried a Made in USA label, but this popular American brand was one of the first to transition to Made in China.

A growing number of mid-tier fashion brands are choosing to keep their prices attainable and accessible by opting for Chinese manufacturers.

While these have a reputation of being poor quality, brands like Tory Burch show that you can get high-quality products without needing to manufacture in Europe or the US.

Not a true luxury brand, Tory Burch's eponymous label is considered a Masstige brand for the massesNot a true luxury brand, Tory Burch’s eponymous label is considered a Masstige brand for the masses (Credit: WENN / Avalon)

With its Made in China manufacturing, Tory Burch is the only New York-based brand to have gone international in the last 20 years, becoming arguably as successful as Kate Spade.

Tory Burch swapped over to Chinese manufacturing around 2011, gradually moving all its production there.

Is Tory Burch a high-end designer?

Although a Tory Burch bag will set you back several hundred dollars, it is not a “luxury” fashion brand. While it won’t compete against the likes of Louis Vuitton or Prada, it’s within the same brand category as Coach and Kate Spade.

It’s an ‘attainable luxury’ or mid-tier brand. You’ll spend more on a Tory Burch piece than a bag from Zara, but you’ll get a higher-quality item and brand name recognition.

Jessica Alba and Ashley Olsen carry Tory Burch bagsJessica Alba and Ashley Olsen carry Tory Burch bags (Credit: WENN)

Tory Burch is an ideal choice if you want a ‘designer’ brand without paying the top-dollar price of a luxury brand – and with the option of finding items brand new on sale or at the outlet stores.

Where can I purchase discounted Tory Burch bags?

As Tory Burch sits at a mid-range price point, they have outlet stores and regularly hosts sales throughout the year. It’s worth signing up online to their newsletter so that you know when their online sale or promotions start in-store.

If you have your eye on a Tory Burch, you can also guarantee that it will go on sale at the end of the season. You can also try your luck on Amazon as they usually have some real discounted Tory Burch products.

Certain classic styles at the higher end of Tory Burch’s price point are harder to find, but even their most iconic pieces make it to the sales section.

How much do Tory Burch bags cost?

Tory Burch bags differ in price, often depending on the style and the material used in the bag. The current most expensive Tory Burch bag is the Lee Radziwill woven leather double bag, retailing for almost $1,600 at Nordstrom.

Tory Burch's woven Lee Radziwill structured bag is one of her most expensive bagsTory Burch’s woven Lee Radziwill structured bag is one of her most expensive bags

There are several of the Lee Radziwill bags that retail around the $1000 price point, with the style being one of the most expensive offered by the brand.

For most classic styles you can expect to pay around $500 full price, including for the popular Kira bag. Some of the more affordable Tory Burch bags – such as the Miller clutch – retail for under $400.

The most affordable Tory Burch bag is the Ella Mini nylon tote, which retails for around $180 full price at Zappos.

It’s worth remembering that you can often find discount codes and offers for current seasons Tory Burch bags, so you may be able to save 10-20% at any given time.

Tory Burch's Ella Mini tote with dual shoulder straps is one of her most affordable bagsTory Burch’s Ella Mini tote with dual shoulder straps is one of her most affordable bags

When the semi-annual Tory Burch sale states online and in-store, most of the seasonal bags will drop in price by 50%. If you’re heading to the outlet store, you can save even more money off your Tory Burch bag.

You’ll usually find these bags marked down by 20-50%, with promotional offers popping up to allow you to save an additional amount.

As Tory Burch is not a luxury brand, it doesn’t retain its value the same way as a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag. You can usually expect to make a pretty saving by buying Tory Burch bags second-hand, but you want to make sure you’re purchasing an authentic Kate Spade bag.

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