The KEEXS footwear brand is an African inspired range of casual footwear that brings out the Cool in any man or lady. It is also for people who are expressive and unapologetic for style choices.Our name KEEXS originates two words KICKS which means casual footwear, sneakers, shoes with rubber related soles and KEEK which means to peep surreptitiously.
Wearing KEEXS will make you feel good in 3 ways:
1. Our designs will make you cool and stand out from the crowd.
2. You are contributing towards poverty alleviation.
3. Each product has a story that will inspire you.
Jide Ipaye, the founder of Keexs, had been running an IT company in Nigeria for over 10 years before starting the Keexs footwear enterprise. Even though he already ran a successful business, he had always desired deep down to create an enterprise that could impact lives. In addition to this, he had always loved shoes but he was always faced with the major challenge of finding shoes in his size (Europe 48) and with the right fit.
This led to a series of thoughts for him. ‘Why not make my own shoes? And why not make for others, and even create a for-profit social enterprise out of it?’ He bounced a few ideas around, as well as a few names of friends. One of these friends was Moyosore Olowo and they had discussions over the internet. Jide later researched on where shoes were made and he finally decided on the SLEM institute (The world’s leading school for innovative footwear design and manufacturing) in Netherlands. Soon, he was in the Netherlands learning about making sneakers.
Moyosore then flew in from London to meet up with Jide while he was still at SLEM institute in Netherland to further concretize on the great idea. They discussed more over a couple of drinks.
The major challenge was raising enough funds to start up the business idea. Jide and Moyo teamed up to run a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter see the link here (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/895344045/the-first-innovative-and-social-footwear-brand-in/description ) to raise funds to start up production and voila! Here we are today..
Our logo “The Fist Bump” is a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration).Every time you wear KEEXS and meet others like you wearing KEEXS say hello with the Fist Bump and celebrate the positive impact we will make in Africa. Our brand colours are Red and Black.