By  on January 30, 2009

Tracy Reese has tapped Barry Miguel as chief executive officer of T.R. Designs.

Miguel is the first ceo at the contemporary firm, which Reese, who is its president and designer, founded in 1997.

“We have been searching for a ceo for a couple of years, but finding the right fit was absolutely essential,” Reese said. “At heart, my focus is design, so we needed the other part — someone with the experience that I don’t have. Barry is that missing piece; he is the thinker and the planner.”

Miguel has joined the company from Zac Posen, where he was president. Prior to that, he spent five years at Ermenegildo Zegna, where he held the posts of executive vice president and global brand president of the Z Zegna label. Earlier, Miguel held executive positions at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Nike and Esprit.

Miguel reports to Reese and oversees all three brands under the T.R. Designs umbrella — Tracy Reese, Plenty by Tracy Reese and Frock by Tracy Reese. His main mission at the company will be to expand distribution in the U.S. and abroad as well as identify appropriate development opportunities.

Besides owning her own freestanding store in New York’s Meatpacking District, Reese’s collections are available at high-end specialty and department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Anthropologie, as well as retailers throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East.

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