Kevin Walker from Grand Rapids and his business partner Emmanuel Oliha develop customizable children’s moccasins
An entrepreneur from Grand Rapids recently teamed up with a Los Angeles-based designer to develop a new brand of children’s clothing launched in late summer.
EmaNeo offers high quality slip-on moccasins with a casual yet elegant style. Each pair of moccasins comes with the additional accessory of an interchangeable bow tie.
The business was developed by Kevin Walker and Emmanuel Oliha, originally from Grand Rapids. EmaNeo was officially launched in August and the brand’s products are available online exclusively at Amazon.com.
Walker said the original clothing concept that allows children to interact with their clothes was developed by Oliha, along with his wife Nicole and son Noble.
By offering interchangeable bows, children can choose elements of their outfit every day and be more involved in decisions from a young age.
EmaNeo allows children to have fun and adopt their own style.
“As parents, we usually always dress our children. Everything they wear every day, we put it on them, ”Walker said. “It allows them to choose a bit of their style each day and interact with what they wear.”
Their shoes are available for infants up to six-year-olds.
EmaNeo describes their black and beige loafers as easygoing, stylish and versatile. Walker said the loafers are suitable for everyday casual wear as well as more formal occasions. They can be used as dress shoes for boys and girls.
Plus, the soles are designed for maximum traction, to help keep a little one busy on their feet. The faux suede upper material is tightly woven, which allows the material to be more stain resistant, allowing for easier cleaning.
Walker and Oliha met while attending St. Thomas University in St. Paul. Ultimately, the two entrepreneurs plan to expand to other distribution channels.
As a Grand Rapids graduate, Walker said he had received very positive feedback, especially from his hometown, and offered a coupon code available for use on EmaNeo’s Amazon page.
When ordering EmaNeo moccasins on Amazon, enter the promo code “GrandRapids”. The code expires on October 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
“It’s really exciting to have so much positive feedback from customers,” Walker said. “We are excited to continue to grow our brand and plan to add product lines. “