The grandson of a silk mill owner and son of a fabric maker, Herbert Gallen founded Ellen Tracy as a blouse company in 1949 using a fictitious name as he believed a company which made clothes for women should have a woman’s name
. The company did reasonably well under the leadership of Gallen but it was Linda Allard that elevated Ellen Tracy to the next level and beyond. Hired as a design assistant right out of college in 1962, it was Allard’s idea to offer trousers and jackets as part of the...
line. Made director of design two years later, Ellen Tracy under Allard was transformed into a brand for the modern woman and her changing lifestyle. Allard designed for the newly established female workforce of the 1960s with Ellen Tracy becoming one of the first to provide women with a professional, stylish and appropriate look for the workplace. Understanding that high fashion had little relevance in the lives of most women, it was the goal of Ellen Tracy to provide a suitable complete wardrobe for the working woman.
In addition to accessories such as eyewear, footwear, jewellery, handbags, and luggage Ellen Tracy also offers a fragrance line. Launched in 1992, the philosophy of Ellen Tracy fragrances is to embody the user as there is nothing more intimate and personal than the scent a woman chooses to dress her body with. Some of the scents include the timeless Ellen Tracy, the memorable Ellen, the timeless Inspire, and the ever popular Imagine.