Chris Burch is an entrepreneur who has invested in several industries such as fashion brands and hospitality. He and James Mc Bride, a hotelier, bought a beach hostel in the west coast of Sumba on an Indonesian Island in 2012. The duo renovated the hostel spending about $30M and transformed it into a luxury resort. The resort, (Nihiwatu) was reopened in 2015 and was voted the best hotel in the world in 2016 by Travel and Leisure. What makes it the best? Check businessinsider.com.
The resort which is nicknamed “the edge of wilderness” is a luxury traveler’s dream come true. It has 27 private villas which have plunge pools, and the rooms have local wood, sumbanese antiques, and Ikat prints. There is a large entertainment area, a wellness center with daily yoga sessions and a spa. The beach is ideal for surfing, and travelers get an opportunity of excursions to the waterfalls. One may also enjoy watching the sunset on a beach horse-riding trip. Nihiwatu has become the largest local employer on the island with some of its profits going to the Sumba Foundation. Burch and James are determined to explore the hospitality industry by expanding in Costa Rica and Nicaragua so that they can accommodate the millennial traveler.
Based on bjtonline.com, the serial entrepreneur’s journey started while at Ithica College where he, together with his brother launched Eagles Eye apparel. After selling the Eagles Eye, he invested in Internet Capital Group. He is known as a fashion mogul having founded or co-founded several international and local luxury fashion brands. He launched C. Wonder in 2011 a brand which was an accessory, apparel, and home décor retailer. Burch partnered with Ellen in 2014 to launch ED, an Ellen Degeneres’ lifestyle brand. He is the founder of Burch Creative Capital, and he boasts of vast experience in consumer behavior.
His marketing and sales skills have led him to invest in real estate. He launched Cocoon 9 in 2014, a brand that deals with the development of luxury homes that have energy efficient features, and space-saving floors. The homes are in Florida, Southampton and New York. Burch has contributed to the rise of many consumer products brands dealing with organic foods, home furnishings, and technology among others. He is actively involved in philanthropy, and some of the organizations he has helped include The Child Welfare League of China, NYU Langone, Mt Sinai Hospital and The China Association of Social Work. The successful investor has served on boards such as Pierre Hotel Co-op Board, Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation, and the Continuum Group. For an update of his recent timeline activities, hit crunchbase.com.
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