Meet Trina Turk

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Trina Turk

(www​.tri​naturk​.com) “Trina Turk con­siders her­self lucky on two counts. First because she knew at a fairly young age what she wanted to do when she grew up – to design clothing pro­fes­sion­ally and second, because she is suc­ceeding at doing it and has suc­cess­fully evolved what began as a women’s con­tem­po­rary clothing line into a mini lifestyle brand.

Born in Cal­i­fornia and raised in the state of Wash­ington, her mother taught Trina to sew when she was 11 years old. She studied apparel design at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ington and took her first job with the Seattle-​​based sports­wear man­u­fac­turer, Bri­tannia Jeans. Trina went to Los Angeles, where she designed surf wear for Ocean Pacific. Other jobs designing mostly juniors followed.

Real­izing that her resume wasn’t likely to bring offers to design a line of con­tem­po­rary clothing for women, Turk’s next step was the launch of her own busi­ness. With her hus­band, then stylist, now pho­tog­ra­pher Jonathan Skow as partner, Trina Turk, the com­pany, was born in 1995. In the same year her clothing was sold by Barney’s New York, Fred Segal, and Saks Fifth Avenue. With design and pro­duc­tion head­quar­tered min­utes from Down­town Los Angeles in Alhambra Cal­i­fornia, Trina Turk’s whole­sale sales topped $40 mil­lion in 2009.

Inspired by the mul­ti­cul­tural mix, archi­tec­ture, and land­scape of Los Angeles and Cal­i­fornia, The Trina Turk Col­lec­tion is full of the Season’s most casu­ally sophis­ti­cated – and “must have” sil­hou­ettes. Trina’s phi­los­ophy is to create wear­able, opti­mistic fashion that incor­po­rates the best aspects of classic Amer­ican sports­wear. The col­lec­tion has become known for an amazing pant fit and gor­geous sig­na­ture prints. Swimwear was intro­duced in 2007 through a license with Apparel Ventures.

Trina has drawn con­stant inspi­ra­tion from the cock­tail party and pool­side lifestyle of the desert, so it was fit­ting that the first Trina Turk bou­tique opened in March 2002 in Palm Springs, Cal­i­fornia in a mod­ernist building designed by Albert Frey. The flag­ship store in Los Angeles is an airy lady­like pink-​​hued space. In December 2006, Trina Turk New York opened in the meat­packing dis­trict, bringing a splash of Cal­i­fornia color to the neigh­bor­hood. Trina Turk res­i­den­tial opened in May 2008 next door to the orig­inal bou­tique in Palm Springs. Bou­tiques at Fashion Island in New­port Beach, Cal­i­fornia, Burlingame, Cal­i­fornia and Bal Har­bour shops in Miami, Florida are the latest addi­tions. A sum­mer­time only shop in East Hampton just fin­ished it’s second summer season this year and will be back next year.

Spring 2009 brought the intro­duc­tion of a printed indoor/​outdoor fabric col­lec­tion for the home with ven­er­able home fur­nish­ings man­u­fac­turer Schu­macher, and Trina Turk res­i­den­tial prod­ucts, inclu

Clayton Gray Home loves Trina Turk. Below are just a few of her items we merchandise:

Trina Turk Pillow and Rugs


Geo Links Pillow in Citron and Gray

Geo­metric Tile Rug in Yellow and Gray

Geo­metric Tile Rug in Black and Gray

How would you bring Trina Turk into your home?

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