When Tracy Reese thinks back to her roots as a clothing designer, she remembers, “My mom was a sewer and she taught me to sew. The Orange-handled Scissors were THE scissors. We weren’t allowed to use them when we were little. Those were mom’s scissors. But when I was promoted to a home sewer, I was allowed to use the Orange-handled Scissors.”
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tracy graduated from Cass Technical High School and remembers making clothing from scratch with her mother as they sat next to each other at their own respective sewing machines. She headed to NYC in the early 80s to go to Parsons School of Design and after graduating in 1984, Tracy worked under Martine Sitbon at the firm Arlequin. She worked at several top fashion design houses, and eventually became head of the Women’s Portfolio for Perry Ellis before launching her own labels.
Like so many others and a lot of you, our readers, Tracy’s creativity comes to life through a healthy dose of passion, a lot of skill and intuition and Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors. Along with us here at Design*Sponge, Tracy is celebrating Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors 50th anniversary and recently shared her Fiskars story with the brand. Watch the video below for a sneak peek into Tracy’s world!
Tracy now runs two of her own labels, Tracy Reese and Plenty by Tracy Reese, both of which are carried at Anthropologie and other retailers. It’s so fun to see Tracy’s process in the video above and then see the three gorgeous pieces below that are available at Anthro right now! And to think that the very same Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors a lot of us own were involved in bringing Tracy’s sketches to life is more than inspirational.
If you’re so inclined, head over to the Fiskars site here for more inspirational stories from designers and artists for whom Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors are an essential tool for their creative process and art. Below are just a few of the creatives you’ll find there! You can share your Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors story from their site or directly on the Facebook page here. There are so many great stories to read!
And again, share your Orange-handled Scissors story with us in the comments below to be entered to win 1 of 4 awesome gift packs (DIY or design book + Orange-handled Scissors + Fiskars Kids Scissors). We’ll be picking our winners on Monday, Oct. 9th.