Founded by Herb Gallen in 1949, Ellen Tracy was originally a manufacturer of blouses
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.
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.
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.
In 1991, Ellen Tracy launched Company, a new line appealing to a younger market and offering casual weekend attire. Christy Turlington modeled in some of the line's early campaigns.
Ellen Tracy expanded to include collections for footwear, outerwear, hosiery, belts, eyewear, fragrance, handbags, jewelry and home.
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.
The evolution of the brand continued when Macy’s became an exclusive partner for sportswear.
Ellen Tracy partnered with Irina Shayk to launch a capsule collection in Spring 2017. Shot on location in New York by Mario Sorrenti. Irina Shayk continued partnership with Ellen Tracy and launched 25-piece collection inspired by the Eighties working woman.
Under new brand owners, Ellen Tracy will be focused on growing its legacy customer and redefining the brand for a new generation of women for their work in the world.