After a Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ Path to Market workshop in 2017, Samoan clothing company Triple T’s was selected to move on to the next stage of the programme attending the Pasifika Business Market this year in March 2018. “Path to Market has opened our eyes to a bigger market opportunity outside Samoa. It has inspired us to try out the New Zealand market. This year we are planning to bring some of our products like our t-shirts to try out in NZ,” Triple T’s Yoritana (Tana) Gordlina told Pacific Periscope after last year’s participation at Pasifika.

Next month on April 6, Triple T’s will be back again in the Auckland market participating at PTI NZ’s one-day Path to the Pacific Trade Show at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront.

“We are fortunate to take part in the Path to Market event, this helps local businesses in terms of exposure and marketing. We don’t take the opportunity lightly and we look forward to showcasing what we have from Samoa,” Tana told Pacific Periscope last week.

It all began when Tana’s dad took over a small shop in Samoa when the previous owners were moving overseas, in 2004 or 2005. “I was on my second year in Uni. We started as a small shop and one stall at our Savalalo Market,” Tana reminisced.

They have been operating for just a little over 10 years now. But it is a family affair. Triple T’s stands for Theresa, Teuila and Tana. Theresa is the eldest sister, Teuila being second oldest then Tana the youngest. “Mum finally came full on board in 2013, when she took her retirement after working at ANZ for 40 years, we were always working together behind the scenes,” Tana said.

Triple T’s is bringing a wide range of its product line for next month’s trade show.

“We will be bringing our Samoan tribal designed T-shirts, jumpers, sweaters, handprinted Caps and much more. I believe our T-shirts and Caps will be popular with the Kiwis — especially the youth. These bring out our Island Identity and Nesian flavour.

“One of our new products I will be focusing on is our jumpers (hoodies) and sweaters, with winter just around the corner things will soon be very chilly, I recommend these for the cold weather ahead, so don’t just get warm, get warm in style,” Tana said.

Tana underscores Tripe T’s product quality: “Everything you will see with our products is unique and of the highest quality. Don’t go for just something nice, go for something unique that lasts,” he said.

Tana, who will be representing the company at the show with two of his friends expects good sales and hopes to find distributors. “Preparations for the trip are costly so I’m hopeful for a positive outcome in return,” he added.

For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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