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Tory Burch Reflects on Vince Camuto at Memorial Service

Camuto and Burch in 2013. Photo: Getty
Camuto and Burch in 2013. Photo: Getty

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Reva flats may be a staple for a certain kind of New York City girl—but if Tory Burch didn't have the help of her friend and "most trusted advisor" Vince Camuto, she might not be where she is today. Burch read a eulogy for the late footwear guru, who passed away last month, in front of a crowd of friends and family at Park Avenue's Church of St. Ignatius Loyola yesterday afternoon, WWD reports.

"An extraordinary partner, a visionary," she recalled in front of a 650-person crowd that included Steven Madden, Macy's CEO and president Terry Lundgren, and Theory founder Andrew Rosen. He had an "infectious joie de vivre" and an "extraordinary eye" when it came to business. In a room with 100 pairs of shoes, she said, he was "always right" when it came to picking out what would be the top seller.

They met more than ten years ago, right after she opened her first store. After looking at her collection, he knew that "we had a lot of work to do, and he thought he could be of help."

"He treated everyone like a member of his family," Burch continued. And that even included members of Burch's family—she said their bond was cemented in St. Barth's when he saved her mother after dancing off a table.

"There are a million ways of loving, and Vince had a huge and rich repertoire," his son Robert Camuto said in a separate speech. "Our dad had soul, a lot of soul ... You could see his soul shine through his eyes. That Vince-ness."

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