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Ellen Tracy's Philosophy

the perfect balance between youthful attitude & grown-up glamour.

Ellen Tracy designs for the woman who lives in the moment, not for the moment. Our collection is polished, inspired and dynamic, as is the woman who wears it. She is the 21st-century woman who sees change as a good thing, and is focused not so much on having it all, as on living it all. Her confidence inspires our confidence so we never shy away from color.

Ellen Tracy designs for the woman who lives in the moment, not for the moment. Our collection is polished, inspired and dynamic, as is the woman who wears it. She is the 21st-century woman who sees change as a good thing, and is focused not so much on having it all, as on living it all. Her confidence inspires our confidence so we never shy away from color.

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heritage of ellen tracy

1949

the founding of ellen tracy

Founded by Herb Gallen in 1949, Ellen Tracy was originally a manufacturer of blouses.

1964

linda allard as the head designer

In 1962, Gallen hired recent college graduate Linda Allard as a design assistant. Two years later, Allard was named Director of Design and moved the brand into sportswear. A new Ellen Tracy began to evolve.

1975

the milestone move into contemporary departments

Tracing the rise of the career women, in 1975, as the firm's junior customers were entering the workforce, Ellen Tracy made a milestone move into contemporary departments.

1980s

ellen tracy: the total wardrobe for working women.

In 1984, Linda Allard's name was added to the Ellen Tracy label and during her 40-year relationship with the company, Ellen Tracy became synonymous with exclusive, high-quality fabrics, unique color stories, and the concept of the total wardrobe for the working woman. It is distributed worldwide in premium department and specialty stores.

1990s

a new line for the younger market.

In 1991, Ellen Tracy launched Company, a new line appealing to a younger market and offering casual weekend attire. Christy Turnlington modeled in some of the line's early campaigns.

2000s

2000s

an evolving look, a timeless brand

In 2001, the Millennium blasts off in a burst of color. Cindy appears in a campaign that turns rich-hued environments into the perfect clothing accessories. In the same year, Stephanie Seymour joins Cindy (pregnant with her second child) in a striking campaign photographed by Richard Avedon that draws eyes and raves ever where.
The following year, master photographer Max Vadukui photographs Cindy Crawford on a Hudson Valley ridge with textures nearly as dramatic as the fall Collection.
In Fall 2003, Stephanie Seymour in the "Portrait of a Woman" campaign inspired by the paintings of John Singer Sargent and shot by photographer Steven Klein.

2010s

a refined product for discerning taste

The evolution of the brand continued when in 2010, Macy's became the exclusive sportswear retailer for Ellen Tracy and the brand launched internationally, most recently in Karstadt Germany. In addition to its highly successful apparel collections, Ellen Tracy expanded to include collections for footwear, outerwear, legwear, hosiery, belts, eyewear, fragrance, handbags, jewelry and home.

TODAY

To deliver us from boredom.

We believe style comes not only from what you wear, but what you do, who you are & who you aspire to be.

We believe style comes not only from what you wear, but what you do, who you are & who you aspire to be.

click a decade and explore how we evolved with time.

1949

the founding of ellen tracy

Founded by Herb Gallen in 1949, Ellen Tracy was originally a manufacturer of blouses.

1964

linda allard as the head designer

In 1962, Gallen hired recent college graduate Linda Allard as a design assistant. Two years later, Allard was named Director of Design and moved the brand into sportswear. A new Ellen Tracy began to evolve.

1975

the milestone move into contemporary departments

Tracing the rise of the career women, in 1975, as the firm's junior customers were entering the workforce, Ellen Tracy made a milestone move into contemporary departments.

1980s

ellen tracy: the total wardrobe for working women.

In 1984, Linda Allard's name was added to the Ellen Tracy label and during her 40-year relationship with the company, Ellen Tracy became synonymous with exclusive, high-quality fabrics, unique color stories, and the concept of the total wardrobe for the working woman. It is distributed worldwide in premium department and specialty stores.

1990s

a new line for the younger market.

In 1991, Ellen Tracy launched Company, a new line appealing to a younger market and offering casual weekend attire. Christy Turnlington modeled in some of the line's early campaigns.

2000s

an evolving look, a timeless brand

In 2001, the Millennium blasts off in a burst of color. Cindy appears in a campaign that turns rich-hued environments into the perfect clothing accessories. In the same year, Stephanie Seymour joins Cindy (pregnant with her second child) in a striking campaign photographed by Richard Avedon that draws eyes and raves ever where.
The following year, master photographer Max Vadukui photographs Cindy Crawford on a Hudson Valley ridge with textures nearly as dramatic as the fall Collection.
In Fall 2003, Stephanie Seymour in the "Portrait of a Woman" campaign inspired by the paintings of John Singer Sargent and shot by photographer Steven Klein.

2010s

a refined product for discerning taste

The evolution of the brand continued when in 2010, Macy's became the exclusive sportswear retailer for Ellen Tracy and the brand launched internationally, most recently in Karstadt Germany. In addition to its highly successful apparel collections, Ellen Tracy expanded to include collections for footwear, outerwear, legwear, hosiery, belts, eyewear, fragrance, handbags, jewelry and home.

To deliver us from boredom.

We believe style comes not only from what you wear, but what you do, who you are & who you aspire to be.

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