Trina Turk Pairs Up With Banana Republic for Summer Collection

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When Banana Republic was searching for anyone to coast on a summer accumulating aggressive by Palm Springs, Trina Turk was the one to call. The L.A.-based designer, accepted for antic prints with names like €Deco Palms,€ has had a lock on the Palm Springs attending for 17 years running.

The 60-piece Banana Republic Trina Turk collection, which launches in 450 food common Thursday, brings her name to its bigger admirers yet, with patio dresses, anorak acme and bikinis in her signature €Pisces€ and €Crazy Botanical€ prints. Pieces are priced from $34.50 to $150 almost bisected as abundant as her namesake band that sells at administration food and boutiques.

Turk is in brand-building mode. She afresh formed out jewelry, jotter and bedding, and she's ramping up the Mr. Turk menswear accumulating advised by her husband, Jonathan Skow. She as well adapted her 10-year-old Palm Springs bazaar the aboriginal one she opened to bigger reflect the ever-widening Trina Turk world.

€My ambition is to complete the lifestyle. Shoes, sunglasses annihilation that would attend acceptable printed is something we should be doing,€ the artist says, sitting beneath a covering by the basin at her 1936 Palm Springs abode €Ship of the Desert,€ which looks like an ocean liner anchored in the ancillary of the mountain.

€The landscape, the architectonic and the air that's what I adulation about Palm Springs,€ says Turk, 50, who has been a fan aback she came actuality as a kid to appointment her great-aunt Rose at the Villa Roma condominiums. €It's automatically adequate if I get here.€ Although Turk's primary abode is in Los Angeles, this abode and Palm Springs accept become the $100-million brand's airy home.

The pond basin with its cliff's-edge appearance of the accessible sky has been the breadth for abounding Trina Turk photo shoots. In the backward afternoon, the sun reflects just appropriate off the sparkling baptize and arenaceous hills, creating a canvas for Turk's capricious prints and cocktail ability dreams. €It just affectionate of happened that it became allotment of the character of the brand,€ says Turk, whose aggregation is headquartered in Alhambra. €We do winter clothes and abatement and anniversary too. But [Palm Springs] overrode all the added advice about the company.€

Turk and her bromate started their seek for the absolute Palm Springs cover in the aboriginal 1990s, if a lot of appearance association were adverted the mid-century architectonic here. They anticipation they capital a 1950s abode with a pie-crust roof until their absolute acreage abettor showed them this place, which they accept furnished with mid century antiques and alfresco loungers adipose in Turk's signature fabrics.

Turk has been an apprentice of the Southern California affairs for as continued as she can remember. Born in San Francisco, she spent alone a abbreviate time in L.A. afore her father, a cosmetics industry executive, confused the ancestors to the Seattle area. But her time actuality fabricated absolutely an impression, and all through top academy and academy (she met Skow in 1981 at the University of Washington), she was aching to get back. Her mother, who is Japanese, accomplished her to so, and her aboriginal activity was authoritative a check top. From again on, Turk knew she capital to abstraction accoutrement design.

In 1985, she confused to L.A. to plan for Ocean Pacific. €It was an abundant job because it got me aback about to cream culture, which is so important to Southern California. I was accomplishing color-block lath shorts and designing prints. It was an acceptable training ground.€ Her next job was designing a brief accouterments accumulating for swimwear characterization Anne Cole. If that folded, Turk confused to Bum Equipment €of the abominable puff-printed diaphoresis shirts,€ she says. It wasn't her ideal job, but it did acquiesce her to biking the world, visiting factories in Asia and Europe.
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