Designer Tuesday-Tracy Reese

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Birth Name: Tracy Reese
Born: February 12, 1964 in Detroit Michigan
* Became interested in fashion when she was a little girl watching her mother sew
* Attended Parsons School for Design in Manhattan 1982
*After graduating with an accelerated degree in 1984, Reese worked for a small contemporary firm called Arlequin under French designer Martine Sitbo to gain her first fashion designing experience
*In 1986 left Arlequin to start her own line at the age of 23 with the financial backing of her father
-by 1989 all though she had some success, there was not enough revenue to meet her production costs, and was forced to close her business
*Was hired at Perry Ellis as a design director for Women’s Portfolio with the help of an old classmate and who was also Vice President of design, Marc Jacobs
*Sometime in the early 1990’s Reese won a head-designer job with a new label called Magaschoni, a Hong Kong manufacturer
– produced clothes for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and others
*Received an exclusive deal with The Limited in 1995, which funded her first contemporary sportswear label, Tracy Reese Meridian (later changed to “Tracy Reese”)
*Meridian debut in 1996 featuring bright fun colors for resort wear
*In 1998 created “Plenty,” her second label that consisted of Bohemian style looks
* In 2004 launched “Plenty Home,” a line of bedding, curtains, and throws
*Opened first flagship store in Manhattan in 2006
*Third label was created in 2009 and called “Tracy Reese Black Label” which features a more sexier line
* Her lines became available at major department store such as Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, Modcloth, and Nordstrom
* Opened second store 2011 in Tokyo
* To date, has partnered with several companies over the years that include
-Tracy Reese for HUE hosiery/Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen/ Plenty by Tracy Reese for Keds
Did You Know?
*Reese thought she would be an architect or an interior designer
*Reese’s designs are inspired by her love of music and travelling
* Dressed First Lady, Michelle Obama in a custom made Tracy Reese outfit for her 2012 DNC Convention Speech.
*Is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2000, and has severed as a member of the Board of Directors since 2007
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