Trinity Smith is 12 years old and has been designing swimming togs since she was very young.
She lives with her family in Mangawhai. “One of my favourite things about living in Mangawhai is surfing and swimming, and I wanted to have swimwear that was comfortable and secure in the waves” said Trinny. The swimwear tops are made so the girls can jump in the surf and feel secure and the bottoms have extra wide elastic to stay up better in the waves.
“Recently my Mum suggested we make some of my designs to see what they would actually look like”. The togs have since become very popular and Trinity’s mum and 3 siblings are all involved in the business and have set up an online store, have togs in at Summer Sessions Surf shops in Matakana and Warkworth, and Bammas in Mangawhai. We make girls sizes 8-14.
We use recycled fabric from the Healthy Seas Project, a group of volunteer divers in Italy cleaning up old fishing nets the bottom of the Mediterranean. These are recycled into nylon crystals, then thread and then fabric for Trinity’s Swimwear. “Going from the ocean, back to the ocean!”
Trinny is now planning next year’s summer range and designing swimsuits for local surf lifesavings clubs.