In 1906, William Ramsay had developed an unusually fine boot polish to which he gave the name Kiwi®.
The choice of the name as a trademark was a tribute to William’s wife who was a native of New Zealand. The kiwi bird calls New Zealand home, and the bird serves as the country's national emblem. During Ramsay's visit to New Zealand he had noticed the quaint, wingless birds with their crisp, glossy plumage. The kiwi bird design looked good on the small round tin, and the name was easy to see and attractive to look at. By 1924, Kiwi polish was being sold in over 50 countries.
Today Kiwi is sold and marketed in almost 200 countries around the world. With several state-of-the-art new product innovations, Kiwi remains the world’s number one shoe care brand.
A passion for shoes - that’s what Kiwi is all about.