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Turk’s Take

Trina Turk might keep an eye on what the city wears, but the high-profile designer is also a calculated urban explorer, keeping a tally on all that’s not-to-miss in the City of Angels. Here, Trina shares her favorite L.A. hangouts.


1. Tavern
“Tavern is a great place to brunch. I like to take out-of-towners here since the space feels so authentic—like it’s been there forever, although it hasn’t. The light in the beautiful atrium room makes everyone look great, even without a spray tan.” 11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464,

2. The Hungry Cat
“The Hungry Cat has perfectly mixed artisanal cocktails… just so fresh. It’s hard to have just one.” 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155,

3. El Matador State Beach
“El Matador State Beach at sunset is always inspirational. The colors, the hues, the patterns of sunlight on the water, the movement of waves—all can inform a future collection. 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu,

4. Mozza
“I love the dark chocolate discs here. They are genius. I eat them for breakfast.” 641 North Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101,

5. Los Angeles Modern Auctions
“Vintage shopping is my big hobby and, luckily, somewhat related to what I do for a living.” 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, 323.904.1950,