Meet Trinity Owner and Power Mom : Mandie Martin

Having worked at Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire in the UK, mother of three Mandie recently opened the second branch of her contemporary women’s fashion store, Trinity at The Ballito Junction Regional Mall.

Her children are Matteo (21) and Davide (19), both studying at Stellenbosch University and Pascale (13), who boards at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof.


I grew up in Queensburgh and studied fashion design at DUT. After my studies I decided to travel, starting in the UK. The universe had other plans though and I ended up doing internships at Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, after which I landed a ‘dream job’ as bookings editor at Marie Claire.

It was great, I travelled and worked with celebrities like Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Patrick Demarchelier.

While I was in the UK I got married and had my first child. When my husband was offered an opportunity back in SA, we could not turn it down.

I worked in advertising for a short while, and then started a soft interiors business with a friend. I had my second son, Davide, in 1999.

Life threw us a curveball though, when my husband, Tullio, suffered a massive heart attack and passed away in 2001. I was 33 years old with two small children so I did what I knew best – I picked myself up and worked hard to raise two beautiful boys.

I remarried to Joel in 2004 and had my precious daughter Pascale. I sold my share in the interior business and took time out to find out who I was.

How Trinity Designs was Established

While I was ‘finding myself’ I realised how difficult it was to find the time to shop for clothing! And, when I did get out, I could never find exactly what I was looking for – comfortable, stylish clothing for women on the run.

I started designing clothes for myself and friends and, in 2016 we opened the doors to Trinity, a fashion trove for the stylish, busy woman, in Durban’s Windermere Centre. Last year we opened our second store in Ballito.

Balancing work and motherhood

I believe this is the hardest thing any woman does. We want to nurture and be with our children, but most of us need to work.

I am lucky enough to do what I love, and encourage my children to find their passion and believe that they can be and do anything.I love my life, I love what I do and I hope I can pay it forward in all I do.

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