Tracy Popken is inspired by classic fashion and hand crafted clothing which transcend time and trend. Her approach as a fashion designer is focused on quality, both in construction, materials, and fit. Her experience working as a tailor for vintage clothing collectors, feeds her practice of shaping timeless silhouettes.
"I strive to make the clothes you keep forever and reach for countless times because you know they always make you look and feel your best”
Tracy earned a degree in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas in 2008. She immediately started her own business sewing for vintage clothing collectors. She spent the next 6 years working full time doing alterations, restoration, and making replicas of gorgeous vintage pieces primarily from the 1910s-60s. This also included complete remakes of numerous family heirloom wedding dresses.
Taking delicate old clothes apart and putting them back together in a new way or copying them to make a more durable modern equivalent gave Tracy a strong background in pattern making and alterations for many types of garments. She fell in love with clothes that are still relevant many decades later, and are made well enough to be altered and worn by many people. This influenced her decision to focus for on making timeless custom clothing. Many of her current clients are women Tracy has helped to create a personal uniform. It’s a collaborative process of defining a silhouette that’s most flattering, creating a custom pattern, and making different variations for everyday life.
In 2009 Tracy bought a 1920s house in the Bishop Arts District, near downtown Dallas. As her friends and neighbors started cafes and restaurants they asked Tracy to make them custom aprons that were durable, beautiful, and unique. Ten years later, there are quite a few restaurants in the area that wear Tracy Popken Aprons! It’s an enormous privilege to be part of great local businesses.
In 2015, Tracy had a chance encounter with a set builder, learned about the world behind the screen, and realized that her wide variety of skills made for an excellent on set tailor. She brings a full kit of tools including a sewing machine directly to your set and works in collaboration with the costumer or stylist. She’ll quickly alter clothes to fit the talent and achieve the artistic vision of the shoot. As part of many wonderful crews, Tracy’s made custom clothes for a film, reinforced outfits for dancers in a commercial, and resized clothes for professional athletes and models promoting many different brands. After 3 years with Independent Artists Agency (under her married name Tracy Popken Springer), she now represents herself and is busier than ever, traveling to photo shoots across the country. you can book her directly through e-mail or a phone call.
Make a Positive Impact
When you buy clothing from Tracy Popken, you are supporting our local economy, numerous American jobs, and fair wages. All fabric is purchased from U.S. based companies, and made in American based fabric mills as much as possible. Anything not sewn by Tracy's own hands is made by a Texas based, family run, garment manufacturer where a row of well kept and talented ladies construct the clothes. The fair wages paid for this service are included in the price of the clothes.