Leaders to Legend Breakfast
Event Date Nov 07, 2007
Time 7:30 am

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Non-Member Fee $15

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Student Fee $15
Additional Info Corinne Goellnitz at 206.221.5749
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The second Leaders to Legends Business Breakfast is coming up on Nov.

7th. This is reminder to RSVP if you wish to attend, and have not done so, or just a reminder if you have already confirmed your attendance.

Our speaker is Trina Turk, President and Creative Designer of Trina Turk Boutiques and a UW Grad. In addition to creating a fashion line that has soared to over $20 million, Ms Turk has also been honored for her work in architectural restoration and home design in LA and Palm Springs. Her brief bio is attached with further information on the breakfast series if you have not attended. RSVP's should be sent to Corinne Goellnitz at the UW Foster School of Business.

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 beyond her wildest dreams. While

it’s true that Turk was well prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that came her

way, luck had very little to do with the phenomenal growth of her business.

Born in California and raised there and in the state of Washington, her mother taught her

to sew when Turk was just 11 years old. As a teenager, She and her friends shopped at

thrift stores, collecting garments from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. “We realized early on that the

quality of these garments you were buying for $3.99 was way beyond any designer piece

you could go into Neiman’s and buy. All that obsessive thrift store shopping was a great

education in construction and textiles.” Trina studied fashion design at the University of

Washington and took her first job with the Seattle-based sportswear manufacturer, Britannia

Jeans. Turk’s next stop was Los Angeles where she waded into a sea of 30 prints per season

designing surfwear for Ocean Pacific. She also designed sweatshirts and other sportswear

for B.U.M. Equipment.

Realizing that her resumé 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 sans even a

business plan. With her husband, then a stylist, now photographer Jonathan Skow and

production manager Lyne Lee as partners, 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 in Alhambra, California, Trina Turk’s sales

topped $16 million in 2001. A year later the company opened a boutique in Palm Springs,

and another in Los Angeles in 2003.

Trina’s most current honor was being presented with The Fashion Achievement Award

at the LA Fashion Awards in 2005. In 1998, she received the California Designer of the

Year Award. Trina and Jonathan were presented in 2004 with a Palm Springs MODCOM

Preservation Award for restoration of their “Ship of the Desert” home. Their home in Los

Angeles was feature in Elle Décor July/August 2007.