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Looking forward always in fashion

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Tracy Reese, who owns a New York fashion design studio, started out humbly from an apartment in Harlem. Sometimes, she didn’t have train fare to get to the fashion district, so she walked the 60-block round trip.

Fashion is fickle, and Reese believes most designers have been out of work at least once. For her, the key to leadership is anticipation.

“I’m not looking at today, thinking ‘Wow, look at what we’ve achieved.’ It probably wouldn’t hurt me to enjoy that more, but I’m in a business where everything is about ‘tomorrow,’” she says, adding that each fall, she’s working on the spring line and about to get started on summer. “Everybody’s path is their own.”

—Adapted from “Leading the Way,” Barbara Kantrowitz, et al., Newsweek.

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