NEW YORK — Designer Linda Allard believes in drawing inspiration from all sources when it comes to conceptualizing products —?and few projects illustrate that point more clearly than her latest fragrance, which is inspired by an off-hours hobby.

When she’s not designing clothing, Allard, who is design director for Ellen Tracy, is an avid gardener — and Imagine, the newest Ellen Tracy fragrance, is inspired by her favorite garden flowers, such as magnolia and rose. She also dabbles in aromatherapy, something else she brought to the table with the new scent. "Not only do they smell wonderful, many of the notes in the new fragrance have specific purposes," noted Allard. "For instance, magnolia inspires confidence, rose strengthens the mind and sandalwood calms the mind."

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