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These pajamas can hit the streets as well as the pillow

Pajamas aren't just for the bedroom anymore.

PJ Salvage owner Peter Burke and his design team create PJs that are sexy, comfortable and stylish in the bedroom, and can be worn out and about, too. The various styles of tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched for anything from a trip to the beach to a night on the town.

"We're crossing over intimate sleepwear into lounge wear, into street wear," Burke said. "We have intimate pieces for the bedroom and pieces that can be worn just about everywhere."

The 51-year-old from Monarch Bay, Calif., is married with three daughters, ages 9, 11 and 14. He went to school in South Africa and began his fashion career in the shipping area of a clothing business. Burke worked his way up to creating and selling trousers, suits and jackets for another major South African company.

Burke and his family moved to the United States 13 years ago, settling in California's Orange County.

He took over the PJ Salvage company from its previous owner in 1997.

The design team -- including two designers, four spec designers, four merchandisers, and six artists -- is all about fun and fresh patterns, inspired by international runway shows as well as the Orange County beach culture. The team travels to Europe, Japan and Hong Kong several times a year for design inspiration while also getting hometown inspiration for nautical and tattoo style prints.

The PJs come in several styles and soft cotton fabrics, including lightweight thermals and flannels. The designs are created for women of all ages with a desire for comfort and a flair for style.

Burke's philosophy for the company is for his customers to be fashionable 24/7 – not just during the day, but come bedtime as well.

"PJ Salvage is all about fashionability and girls no longer wearing their boyfriends' T-shirts and boxers to bed," Burke said.

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As seen on: "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy" and actress Felicity Huffman on "Desperate Housewives." "Jessica Simpson also ordered pieces for a pajama party she threw last year," Burke said.

Hot-ticket items: Lightweight thermal tops in various animal prints and camouflage.

Where to buy: Select Nordstrom stores and at nordstrom.com.

Price range: Chemise $50-$60; PJ sets $60-$84; slippers $33-$37.

Web site: pjsalvage.com.

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