Five Minutes With… Keith Thomas, director, Thomas Footwear

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Keith Thomas started his career with New Zealand wholesale distributor Bing Harris before moving on to running his own footwear distribution company.

“I was Bing Harris’ top selling representative for three years, but left the company to pursue a footwear retail position.”

Keith prides himself in bringing to New Zealand unique brands from the USA, China, Spain, Portugal, and Italy and finds great satisfaction in introducing unknown brands to stockists.

“I offer honest recommendations for retailers around footwear styles to suit their individual store and customer requirements. I provide indent with back up stock in season.”

Keith travels extensively to keep in touch with the stores he stocks, along with attention regular industry expos in Auckland, Taupo and Christchurch.

Having introduced brands including Geox, Caterpillar, Mack and having great success with Italian brand Mercanti Fiorentini and US brand Taos, Keith has no regrets and continues to find and promote new brands for the market.