Incredible 11-Year-Old Fashion Designer Owns Successful Bow Tie Business
At only 11-years-old, Moziah Bridges has launched his career, designing and sewing his own bow ties. The snazzy tween dresser sells his neck accessories on Etsy and — get this — has earned nearly $30,000, reports Forbes. His handiwork has also landed in boutiques in Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
“I really was a young dapper man and I couldn’t find any other bow ties that I really like,” said the mini-entrepreneur who prefers to be called “Mo’.” It was his grandmother who taught him how to sew. “[S]he’s been sewing for over 80 years, or something crazy like that, so I wanted to start my own business making bow ties,” he continued.
Bridges attributes his fashionable preference for wearing three-piece ensembles and bow ties to his genes; “it’s just in my blood,” he said. His father and his grandpa also wore suits and neckties. Ralph Lauren, who began selling neck ties at the tender age of 10 years old, is another inspiration.Very confident in his fashion know-how that was passed on from generation to generation, he rarely consults other sources during the design process.
“He stands pretty firm on his fabric choices,” Bridge’s mother said. “[When I provide input], it’s a ‘no mom, I’m not making that or no mom, I’m not selling that.’” He’s very particular about the styles and textures he wants for his bow tie creations. “His pieces range from relatively traditional polka-dots and stripes to multi-colored paisley and sports team-themed ties,” Forbes added.
What is most heartwarming about Bridges’ new business is his philanthropic endeavors. “I made this bow tie called the Go Mo! Scholarship Bow Tie and 100 percent of the proceeds go to help kids go to summer camp because I feel like it’s good to help the community and that’s what I’m doing,” he said.
The altruistic young entrepreneur is also considering expansion for the future of Mo’s Bows. “I see Mo’s Bows adding neck ties, pocket squares and other accessories for men,” he told Forbes. “I also want to get enough money to start a cool kids clothing company that has nice blazers and pants for kids who like to look good like me,” the snazzy dresser said.
“If you have a dream and you have a passion, we say go for it,” his mother added. “You don’t have to wait until you’re older.”
Here are a couple of Mo’s sharp ties: