Trina Turk

Fashion Designer

Los Angeles

A California girl through and through, fashion designer Trina Turk has infused the industry with her signature look — colorful prints, mod design, carefree glamour — since she started her brand in 1995. Turk opened her first retail boutique in Palm Springs in 2002; her label has expanded to seven stores around the country and is also carried by upscale department stores. Her ready-to-wear line is now just one part of her business — the Trina Turk brand has grown to include accessories, home goods, stationery and a revamped men’s collection. Turk’s passion for travel, sunny optimism and devotion to ’60s and ’70s style fuels her breezy (but successful) approach to design.

  • On October 31, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite restaurants?

    In L.A., we go to The Hungry Cat a lot. It’s in this very nondescript space, but it’s not about the space at all. It’s about the food. It’s in Hollywood, very close to Sunset and Vine. It’s a seafood restaurant, which is why it’s called The Hungry Cat. They have really amazing, freshly made cocktails of all kinds and super-great seafood. For a while, we were looking down upon all these other people we would always see ordering burgers because it’s a seafood restaurant. And then we ordered one, and it is so good. It’s so amazing. Now we understand.
     
    We just recently went to a restaurant in San Francisco called Quince. That was very fancy and had lots of waiters and service and courses and wine pairings, and it was incredible. It was a very elegant room. Obviously, Northern California is very foodie-oriented and it lives up to its billing.
     
    The other two places that are on the favorite restaurants list are on Capri. There’s a restaurant called Le Grottelle that you have to walk up the hill to from the main plaza; it’s a 20- or 30-minute walk. There’s no way to get there except for walking because the cars are fairly limited. It feels kind of rustic. I love that place.
     
    Also on Capri is a place called Da Luigi. It’s down at the beach. You have to hike down the side, and it’s right down on the water. It has an amazing view of the rocks, the Faraglioni rocks. The view is just wow — you can’t believe you’re there having lunch. It’s amazing.
     
    We get takeout from Mozza every Sunday in Los Angeles. My husband, Jonathan [Skow], gets takeout and then we would watch Mad Men. I love Mozza. Sometimes on the weekends we’ll go — you can stand in line without a reservation and then sit at the counter or something.
  • On October 31, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite hotels?

    We stayed in a hotel in Austin, Texas, a couple of years ago called Hotel St. Cecilia, and it was just really interesting. It was the owner’s personal vision. She was interested in music and obviously interested in décor on some level — that place had a lot of personality. It was a beautiful setting with big, old oak trees and two old houses and some new construction. It had this very interesting approach to decoration, which included old record players and old records in the rooms and music memorabilia from the ’60s and ’70s. It was super cool.
     
    A glamorous place we stayed was Le Sirenuse in Positano. We arrived there at night, so we had been driving on that really winding, scary Amalfi Coast road. We got there at night so we couldn’t see what the view was because it was late. In the morning, when we opened up the shutters and looked at the view, I gasped. I couldn’t believe it — the hotel is sort of clinging onto the side of the cliff, and the city spills down the side of the cliff. And it was just — wow.
     
    In New York, I stay at The Maritime all the time. It’s not super glamorous, but it’s close to our boutique and it’s close to our showroom in the Meatpacking District. That hotel is just so well designed and so comfortable. Maybe it’s because they know me and I’ve been staying there forever, but it just feels very home-away-from-home.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What is Trina Turk’s favorite time to visit Los Angeles?

    People think we don’t have seasons here, but we do have seasons. I love the fall — when it starts get a little bit of cold snap in the air and usually the smog from the summer has blown out. I think the fall is really great here. And actually in Palm Springs, too. I think October is the best month in Palm Springs.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite Los Angeles hotels?

    Atmospherically, my favorite is Chateau Marmont because of the history and the way that it looks and the location, although I do miss the Marlboro Man that used to be in front. I think it’s fun to go to The Beverly Hills Hotel for a drink just because it’s The Beverly Hills Hotel.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite Los Angeles hotels?

    Atmospherically, my favorite is Chateau Marmont because of the history and the way that it looks and the location, although I do miss the Marlboro Man that used to be in front. I think it’s fun to go to The Beverly Hills Hotel for a drink just because it’s The Beverly Hills Hotel.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite things to do in Los Angeles?

    One of the things I like to do in L.A. is to go to all the vintage modern furniture stores, although I don’t really have room for any more furniture. I like to go to Reform and Fat Chance and all the shops on La Cienega just because I think it’s fun.
     
    If somebody comes to L.A. as a visitor, I like to take them to the Griffith Observatory because I feel like everybody knows Rebel Without a Cause. You get the view of the city from up there.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite things to do in Los Angeles?

    One of the things I like to do in L.A. is to go to all the vintage modern furniture stores, although I don’t really have room for any more furniture. I like to go to Reform and Fat Chance and all the shops on La Cienega just because I think it’s fun.
     
    If somebody comes to L.A. as a visitor, I like to take them to the Griffith Observatory because I feel like everybody knows Rebel Without a Cause. You get the view of the city from up there.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What does Trina Turk bring home when she travels?

    I often buy jewelry just because it’s small, and I feel like a lot of times the jewelry will reflect the ambience of the place. It’s not like you have to figure out how you’re going to ship it home. I’m a big jewelry collector.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite restaurants?

    In L.A. we go to The Hungry Cat a lot. It’s in this very nondescript space, but it’s not about the space at all. It’s about the food. It’s in Hollywood, very close to Sunset and Vine. It’s a seafood restaurant, which is why it’s called The Hungry Cat. They have really amazing, freshly made cocktails of all kinds and super great seafood. For a while, we were looking down upon all these other people we would always see ordering burgers because it’s a seafood restaurant. And then we ordered one, and it is so good. It’s so amazing. Now we understand.
     
    We just recently went to a restaurant in San Francisco called Quince. That was very fancy and had lots of waiters and service and courses and wine pairings, and it was incredible. It was a very elegant room. Obviously, Northern California is very foodie oriented and it lives up to its billing.
     
    The other two places that are on the favorite restaurant list are on Capri. There’s a restaurant called Le Grottelle that you have to walk up the hill to from the main plaza; it’s a 20- or 30-minute walk. There’s no way to get there except for walking because the cars are fairly limited. It feels kind of rustic. I love that place.
     
    Also on Capri is a place called Da Luigi. It’s down at the beach. You have to hike down the side and it’s right down on the water. It has an amazing view of the rocks, the Faraglioni rocks. The view is just wow — you can’t believe you’re there having lunch. It’s amazing.
     
    We get take out from Mozza every Sunday in Los Angeles. Jonathan gets takeout and then we would watch Mad Men. I love Mozza. Sometimes on the weekends we’ll go — you can stand in line without a reservation and then sit at the counter or something.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite restaurants?

    In L.A. we go to The Hungry Cat a lot. It’s in this very nondescript space, but it’s not about the space at all. It’s about the food. It’s in Hollywood, very close to Sunset and Vine. It’s a seafood restaurant, which is why it’s called The Hungry Cat. They have really amazing, freshly made cocktails of all kinds and super great seafood. For a while, we were looking down upon all these other people we would always see ordering burgers because it’s a seafood restaurant. And then we ordered one, and it is so good. It’s so amazing. Now we understand.
     
    We just recently went to a restaurant in San Francisco called Quince. That was very fancy and had lots of waiters and service and courses and wine pairings, and it was incredible. It was a very elegant room. Obviously, Northern California is very foodie oriented and it lives up to its billing.
     
    The other two places that are on the favorite restaurant list are on Capri. There’s a restaurant called Le Grottelle that you have to walk up the hill to from the main plaza; it’s a 20- or 30-minute walk. There’s no way to get there except for walking because the cars are fairly limited. It feels kind of rustic. I love that place.
     
    Also on Capri is a place called Da Luigi. It’s down at the beach. You have to hike down the side and it’s right down on the water. It has an amazing view of the rocks, the Faraglioni rocks. The view is just wow — you can’t believe you’re there having lunch. It’s amazing.
     
    We get take out from Mozza every Sunday in Los Angeles. Jonathan gets takeout and then we would watch Mad Men. I love Mozza. Sometimes on the weekends we’ll go — you can stand in line without a reservation and then sit at the counter or something.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite hotels?

    We stayed in a hotel in Austin, Texas a couple of years ago called Hotel St. Cecilia, and it was just really interesting. It was the owner’s personal vision. She was interested in music and obviously interested in décor on some level — that place had a lot of personality. It was a beautiful setting with big, old oak trees and two old houses and some new construction. It had this very interesting approach to decoration, which included old record players and old records in the rooms and music memorabilia from the ’60s and ’70s. It was super cool.
     
    A glamorous place we stayed was Le Sirenuse in Positano. We arrived there at night, so we had been driving on that really winding, scary Amalfi Coast road. We got there at night so we couldn’t see what the view was because it was late. In the morning when we opened up the shutters and looked at the view I gasped. I couldn’t believe it — the hotel is sort of clinging onto the side of the cliff, and the city spills down the side of the cliff. And it was just — wow.
     
    In New York, I stay, it’s not super glamorous, but I stay at The Maritime all the time because it’s close to our boutique and it’s close to our showroom in the Meatpacking District. That hotel is just so well designed and so comfortable. Maybe it’s because they know me and I’ve been staying there forever, but it just feels very home-away-from-home.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite hotels?

    We stayed in a hotel in <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/destination/austin">Austin</a>, Texas a couple of years ago called Hotel St. Cecilia, and it was just really interesting. It was the owner’s personal vision. She was interested in music and obviously interested in décor on some level — that place had a lot of personality. It was a beautiful setting with big, old oak trees and two old houses and some new construction. It had this very interesting approach to decoration, which included old record players and old records in the rooms and music memorabilia from the ’60s and ’70s. It was super cool.
     
    A glamorous place we stayed was Le Sirenuse in <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/destination/positano">Positano</a>. We arrived there at night, so we had been driving on that really winding, scary <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/destination/amalfi-coast">Amalfi Coast</a> road. We got there at night so we couldn’t see what the view was because it was late. In the morning when we opened up the shutters and looked at the view I gasped. I couldn’t believe it — the hotel is sort of clinging onto the side of the cliff, and the city spills down the side of the cliff. And it was just — wow.
     
    In <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/destination/new-york-city">New York</a>, I stay, it’s not super glamorous, but I stay at The Maritime all the time because it’s close to our boutique and it’s close to our showroom in the Meatpacking District. That hotel is just so well designed and so comfortable. Maybe it’s because they know me and I’ve been staying there forever, but it just feels very home-away-from-home.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk’s favorite hotels?

    We stayed in a hotel in Austin, Texas a couple of years ago called Hotel St. Cecilia, and it was just really interesting. It was the owner’s personal vision. She was interested in music and obviously interested in décor on some level — that place had a lot of personality. It was a beautiful setting with big, old oak trees and two old houses and some new construction. It had this very interesting approach to decoration, which included old record players and old records in the rooms and music memorabilia from the ’60s and ’70s. It was super cool.
     
    A glamorous place we stayed was Le Sirenuse in Positano. We arrived there at night, so we had been driving on that really winding, scary Amalfi Coast road. We got there at night so we couldn’t see what the view was because it was late. In the morning when we opened up the shutters and looked at the view I gasped. I couldn’t believe it — the hotel is sort of clinging onto the side of the cliff, and the city spills down the side of the cliff. And it was just — wow.
     
    In New York, I stay, it’s not super glamorous, but I stay at The Maritime all the time because it’s close to our boutique and it’s close to our showroom in the Meatpacking District. That hotel is just so well designed and so comfortable. Maybe it’s because they know me and I’ve been staying there forever, but it just feels very home-away-from-home.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk's favorite cities to visit?

    Last year we went to Istanbul, which was really amazing just because it’s an old city and a new city at the same time. It’s half in Asia, half in Europe. The food was interesting and the mix of people there was interesting.
     
    I also love Tokyo just because my mom’s Japanese so I have an affinity for Japan in the first place. But the thing about Tokyo is that it’s so crazy and so crowded and so insane, and then you walk around the corner and there will be this tiny little garden space that’s amazingly beautiful and serene in the midst of chaos. It’s a crazy, crowded city with lights, and you come upon these things in Tokyo that are aesthetically so beautiful and amazing and kind of serene in the midst of everything that you normally associate with crowded and overpopulated Tokyo.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Trina Turk answered the question: Trina Turk

    What are Trina Turk's favorite cities to visit?

    Last year we went to Istanbul, which was really amazing just because it’s an old city and a new city at the same time. It’s half in Asia, half in Europe. The food was interesting and the mix of people there was interesting.
     
    I also love Tokyo just because my mom’s Japanese so I have an affinity for Japan in the first place. But the thing about Tokyo is that it’s so crazy and so crowded and so insane, and then you walk around the corner and there will be this tiny little garden space that’s amazingly beautiful and serene in the midst of chaos. It’s a crazy, crowded city with lights, and you come upon these things in Tokyo that are aesthetically so beautiful and amazing and kind of serene in the midst of everything that you normally associate with crowded and overpopulated Tokyo.