It seems that with every season the buzz around Detroit-native Tracy Reese grows. The designer got her start in New York when in 1982 she moved to the Big Apple to attend Parsons School of Design, receiving an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese moved to Paris where she apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for the small contemporary firm, Arlequin. Returning to New York, Reese worked at some of the industry’s top fashion houses, including Perry Ellis where she was the design director for Women’s Portfolio.
In 1998, Reese launched her eponymous collection to the delight of girls with feminine, but modern aesthetics. Only a few months later she launched her second line — plenty by Tracy Reese — a bohemian, ethnic-inspired collection that is aimed at a slightly more trend-conscious, younger set, but with Reese’s signature detailing.
Cementing her status as one of the fashion industry leaders Reese was inducted as a board member of the CFDA in 2007.
Today, almost a decade after the designer first launched her namesake collection, Reese continues to deliver wearable looks that combine modern craftsmanship with a vintage flair to deliver wholly wearable looks.
Both Tracy Reese and plenty by Tracy Reese have expanded into several brand categories including footwear, handbags, belts, a home collection, candles, and cosmetic cases, and as if her plate wasn’t full enough, Reese added a third collection to her line up, frock!, comprised of fun and flirty occasion dresses.
Not to mention her collaborations with brands including Sally Hansen (who she teamed-up with for nail colors), Hue and most recently, a line of footwear, plenty by Tracy Reese for Keds, debuting in spring 2009.
You can find Tracy Reese’s wares at her flagship boutique located at 641 Hudson Street in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District or nationwide in top department stores and specialty boutiques including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and Scoop as well as retailers throughout Europe and Asia. â€¨
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