By Allison Hata
Though she’s the epitome of the California lifestyle—colorful, confident and dynamic all at once—designer Trina Turk has a deep appreciation for far-flung locales that serve as inspiration for her successful brand’s vibrant styles.
“I love traveling to places like Greece, Morocco or India because the colors and textiles from the city are so rich and diverse,” says Turk, who today has seven year-round boutiques across the country offering ready-to-wear, women’s accessories and residential decor. “I can really find creative inspiration anywhere though. I think all you have to do is open your eyes and observe what’s going on around you.”
Known for her signature prints, which range from bright florals to vintage-inspired Jacquards, Turk’s designs are a staple in the Golden State. It’s no surprise then that she cites her second home in Palm Springs, Calif., which she shares with her photographer husband Jonathan Skow, as her top recreational destination.
“October is my favorite month in the desert,” she explains. “It’s always easy to round up people for impromptu gatherings, and the attitude is relaxed—more like hanging around by the pool and grilling.”
Despite her affinity for the West Coast, Turk hopes to continue traveling abroad to garner even more inspiration for future designs. “[I’d like to visit] Punta del Este in Uruguay and South America—the entire continent,” she says. “I’d also like to take a trip that includes architectural residences that I’d love to see in person: Fallingwater, The Gropius House … and Alexander Girard’s Miller House.”