Lynn University fashion and retail students met fashion designer Trina Turk through an in-person Q&A session at Bloomingdale’s in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Turk founded her clothing line in 1995 with her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, and is well known for her vibrant designs. Through the student-led discussion, attendees learned how Turk got her start in the industry, who her target audience is and future goals for her business.
Turk offered useful career advice, encouraging students to learn to sew and the different properties of textiles. Students gain these skills from the Garment Production and Introduction to Fashion and Retail courses taught by College of Business and Management Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Dandeo. Turk also advised students to work for other companies before starting their brands.
“I think it’s really important to work for other companies before you try to go out on your own because there is so much to know,” said Turk. “Working for other companies is important as long as you’re learning something … when you’re not learning something that’s when it’s time to switch jobs.”
Students valued the opportunity to meet the designer. Senior Briana Randall said, “I love going to these events because even though I may not want to be a designer, I’m able to take away so much from individuals within the fashion field.”
The Q&A session concluded with a group photo with the designer and an in-store fashion show.