Tracy Reese was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 12, 1964.
She received an accelerated degree from Parsons School of Design in
1984, after which she joined a contemporary sportswear firm in
Paris as an assistant to designer Martine Sitbon. She produced her
own contemporary collection for two years, before moving to Perry
Ellis as design director for Women's Portfolio.
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