In Old Havana’s Plaza de la Catedral with my husband, Jonathan Skow, and the baroque cathedral in the background.
Courtesy of Trina Turk
If you’re familiar with the popular fashion label Trina Turk, it should come as no surprise that the brand’s namesake founder has an affinity for bright colors and bold patterns. So where better to look for inspiration than Cuba—a destination that epitomizes vivacious energy, stunning architecture, and bold flavors.
Together with her husband, Jonathan Skow (the brains behind Mr. Turk, the brand’s menswear counter-label), Turk recently embarked on an eight-day cultural exchange and architecture tour of the island, organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy.
The pair saw everything from the baroque Havana Cathedral to Richard Neutra’s 1956 Casa de Schulthess and glamorous frozen-in-time midcentury hotels, like the Meyer Lansky-funded Habana Rivera and the Habana Libre, formerly the Havana Hilton.
“One highlight was a dinner at a small restaurant in the colonial town of Trinidad,” Turk says. “Everyone in the room, even the waiters, was on their feet dancing to the irresistible music of the house band, Cuarteto Isla. The energy was amazing, though the Cuba Libres, daiquiris, and mojitos no doubt helped!”