Jonathan D. Skow, Mr Turk designer and husband of Trina Turk, died in Los Angeles on Oct. 12. He was 55. Skow was doing what he loved, bodysurfing in the ocean, when he suffered a spinal cord injury on Labor Day in Hawaii. The accident was preceded by “an extraordinary life,” in his own words.
A quintessential bon vivant, his boisterous laugh, wit and bold glasses were signature trademarks. Skow was born on Dec. 22, 1962, to Harold and Barbara Skow in Seattle, and his childhood was spent in Horizon View and on Lake Sammamish. At the University of Washington, he met his wife of 33 years, Trina Turk, in a textile science class.
Skow and Turk moved to Los Angeles in 1985 to pursue their dreams in fashion. He was a stylist for 12 years, then transitioned to freelance fashion and advertising photography. In 2008, he began to devote all of his time to their apparel company, Trina Turk. The dapper style of the Mr Turk men’s wear collection was created and designed by Skow.
In addition to photography and clothing design, Skow was an open water swimmer, restorer of historic homes, architecture aficionado, amateur landscape designer, philanthropist, beekeeper and chef, entertaining his friends at the vintage homes he shared with Turk in Los Feliz and Palm Springs in California. Skow always loved the ocean and was an enthusiastic member of the West Hollywood Aquatics (WH2O) Masters swimming club.
He is survived by his wife, his mother and his brother, Nathan.
When asked, Skow always gave simple advice: “Have fun and enjoy your life.”
A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to L.A. Conservancy (laconservancy.org); Palm Springs Modern Committee (psmodcom.org); Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (psmuseum.org); LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee (DA2) (lacma.org/DA2); the Trident Swim Foundation (tridentswimfoundation.org) or ActBlue candidates (secure.actblue.com).