How it started
My name is Hongming Zhu, a stay-home dad for the past 6 years. Taking care of my two daughters, one 6 years old and the other 3 years old, is my daily life. My family lives in Silicon Valley, California and loves nature wonders around us. Luckily, the bay area has lots of spectacular national parks and countless beautiful hikes. Ever since our first daughter was born, my wife and I stopped hiking because even a 20 minutes walk was a struggle for little Zoe. Then, my second daughter was born. So now we have two lovely but low energy kids, who want to be held all the time. We still try to enjoy outdoor activities, but most of the time I end up carrying my younger one on my shoulders, which makes my neck extremely sore. How to carry my kids on my shoulders comfortably became my No,1 task to solve. The idea started from there. I made a prototype and spent half a year testing and improving the prototype until I have the most comfortable and versatile carrier. At the same time, I also asked lots of my friends with kids to test it out and gave me feedback to ensure it would work for everybody.
Now we take our kids to the mountain, zoo, disneyland, concerts, and any places we previously could not. It truly connects us much closer to the nature and to each other!
I love my children and they are my inspirations, so I wanted to name my product after them. My wife came up the name OE because both of my daughters’ names end with these two letters, O and E. Later I gave it the meaning of Our Expedition after I finished designing the Logo (it’s a parent carrying a child on his shoulder looking ahead composed by the two letter “o” and “e”) as it shows the parent and the child go on an expedition together.