When Theo and Trudy Johannink stepped ashore in New Zealand as assisted immigrants few people would have figured this young man and his wife would become one of this countries most promininent manufacturers and retailers in the young apparel market.
Theo and Trudy opened their first childrenswear store on Jervois Road in Hern Bay and it was called ”Trudys“ the rest is history. Today the company has in access of 40 T&T Childrenswear stores around the country built by this energetic Dutchman who took on everyone including the big retail operators in a bid to keep everyone honest. Years ago he along with his son Darrin created our mission statement to keep the children of south Auckland warm in the winter and cool in the summer… this is exactly what he did… and proudly the company under the reins of his son Darrin Johannink continues to do so.
Our clothing now is enjoyed by all… Fashion at a fraction is the mission statement now… with quality and design at the forefront of that, bringing into New Zealand clothing that is not just affordable but worth it! to everyone. Some special pieces, pieces for everyday, and pieces for our barefoot Kiwi Kids to just muck around in all day.
T&T Childrenswear is an iconic household name familiar to most New Zealanders built by sheer determination and trading skill. Headquartered in Aucklands East Tamaki the T&T Childrenswear operation continues as one of the few privately owned chains in the New Zealand rag trade. At one stage its manufacturing arm had around 200 machinists but like many others, much of this production is now based in Asia. In fact Theo was one of the early pioneers to move production to that part of the world. So much so that we still have personal relationships with factories that have produced solely for us for many years. It has been one big family business where long term relationships built on trust are of the utmost importance when trading off shore.
Theo Johannink retired in 1999 and his son Darrin took over the business and is running it in the footsteps of a very good trader and a very well respected man in the industry.
Sadly Theo passed away Mid 2013 aged 82. We are sure he is our shining star… guiding us with his heavy Dutch accent all the way into the future.
God Bless all the children in this world.