Trimfoot Milestone: Partners Sound Off

Jim Klein
President, Eastland Shoe Corp.

“[Trimfoot’s] knowledge of the children’s footwear market and trends, the quality of their product and their ability to deliver trend-right product is unparalleled in the industry. There are a lot of similarities between our two companies — very similar corporate cultures, focus on product quality, etc. They are a terrific group of people to do business with.”

Al Kishfy
SVP of global sales & marketing, BBC International

“Their vast network of sales professionals allows us to effectively penetrate every market of the country to maximize sales opportunities. They understand the baby business, its trends, how it best operates and how to [take advantage of] opportunities in the market. When they believe in something, they go after it full-force. Also, their strategies are well thought out and effectively implemented. Any company that has been a specialist in the market for over 100 years certainly has the expertise and knowledge to ensure success in all opportunities embarked upon. And I enjoy the fact that they are real people who love the business. Every day they do what they love to do: work with shoes. It’s not just another shoe they are marketing and selling — it’s living out a genuine passion.”

Susan Grieco
Product director, Macy’s

“Celebrating 100 years is a wonderful milestone, attesting to [Trimfoot’s] outstanding ability to ship quality shoes in a timely manner. I handle the private-label end of the business and do some baby shoes [with Trimfoot]. While the shoes are a small portion of my business, it does provide us the ability to offer the customer shoes to complete their special-occasion outfit or gift.”

Patrick McCaffrey
VP of sales, Mia Kids

“I’ve worked with the company for the past eight years. [Trimfoot has contributed to our success] by getting the Mia brand placed with all types of retailers, from independents to department stores. [The biggest factor in their longevity] is being a children’s-only company with extreme customer service and staff. Plus, they have the best Cardinals seats in St. Louis!”

Diane Bowlin
Children’s buyer, Shoe Show Inc.

“Our stores carry the Natural Steps, Mia, DKNY, Guess, Dance Class and Polo Ralph Lauren brands. After 12 years of a business and personal relationship, I have friendships with many of the folks from Trimfoot. I’ve watched their families grow and shared laughter and tears with them. Our business reflects what time has built. [Trimfoot’s advantage] is a combination of their diversity and always being on the lookout for ways to improve and develop. They work very hard to protect their business and keep retailers eager to see a new season of product. They always work to build a lasting relationship with their customers. Their interest is not only with Shoe Show, but Shoe Show’s customers. They expect it to work all the way down the line, and when it doesn’t, they are there to make it right.”

Amy Polidori
Buyer for children’s shoes, Stage Stores

“Trimfoot has an unparalleled commitment to their retail partners and is always true to their partnerships. Being in business for 100 years shows its commitment to quality and excellence in kids’ footwear — both important attributes for mom when deciding what to buy. We carry their crib collection, which is run under our private label or Baby Deer. We have recently added Mia Kids to our assortment. Our mission is to be America’s leading small-town and neighborhood retailer, dedicated to delivering desirable brand-name family apparel and footwear with exceptional value. Trimfoot as a vendor partner fits into this mission: brands and quality product at a value.”