Tracy Reese specializes in ultra-feminine pieces with splashes of luxury and charm. After working at various fashion houses, including Perry Ellis, she launched her own collection in Spring 1998.
According to Black Fashion is mainstream American fashion and her website www.tracyreese.com she later launched “plenty by Tracy Reese,” that same year. While it is extra-feminine, it defers from the first collection by being more bohemian and ethnic-inspired. Tracy Reese ranks as one of the fashion industry’s most successful African-American women whose realm is not relegated to the runway. In a business where few designer labels seem to make it past their fifth anniversary, Reese has two clothing lines, TR and Plenty, which have been sold at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and other top retailers since the mid-1990s. Her company’s sales topped $12 million in 2003, and it launched a Plenty-label home line that same year and a footwear collection the following. ” Reese was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 12, 1964. Her mother, Pat, was a modern dance teacher and enrolled Reese and her two sisters in weekend enrichment classes at the city’s art museum. The women in the family also liked to sew and would sometimes hold contests in which they raced to finish an outfit first. The loser had to pay for fabric, and it was here that Reese’s future career direction first emerged. “Although I generally won,” she joked in an interview with another Essence writer, Deborah Gregory, “I still spent every dime I had buying fabric.”