Christopher Burch, A Man of Innovation

Christopher Burch recently wrote an article on the growing relationship between fashion and technology. It all starts with the boom box and the sudden reality that technology is something portable, an accessory for anyone. And as technology advanced, moving from the boombox to the walkman to the iPod, it has become more and more fashionable to carry around. And those are just the advances that are readily visible to the casual observer. Anna Haupt and Terese Alston have created an airbag for cyclists to wear around their necks. SegraSegra has created t-shirts and jackets made from bicycle tires, and Soledad Martin is working towards shoes that will charge a cellphone while walking. It is clearly a growing opportunity for the two industries to work together.

And Christopher Burch has a lot of experience in these sorts of ventures. In 1976, Mr. Burch and his brother started their very first business, Eagle’s Eye apparel, which grew to $165 million before being sold to Swire Group. He invested in Internet Capital Group and began his career in funding innovation and success.

During his exciting 40 year career, Christopher Burch has invested in over 50 different brands and companies including everything from real estate to retail to organic foods. Most recently, Mr. Burch has invested in ED by Ellen Degeneres, Cocooon9 (a luxery prefab home company), and TRADEMARK (a women’s clothing and accessory brand). He has also gotten involved in the food industry with Little Duck Organics and Brad’s Raw Foods.

Along with his extensive list of innovative companies, Christopher Burch has also been involved in several research and philanthropic enterprises. He has donated to the Mt. Siani Hospital in New York, the Henry Street Settlement, and NYU Langone. But his philanthropic interests aren’t limited to just New York. He has also assisted the Child Welfare League of China and the China Association of Social Work.

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