Fellas, do you need to step up your style? Moziah Bridges can help you with that.
The 18-year-old Memphian has been running his bow tie and pocket square business, Mo’s Bows, since he was 9 years old. At 11, he appeared on ABC’s show Shark Tank, where he got an investment deal and mentorship from Daymond John.
He said, “I started my company because I needed an accessory to help me look sharp, but didn’t see anything out there that fit my style or personality. So, with the help of my granny, I started making my own bow ties. I never imagined the baby business I started at my grandmother’s kitchen table in South Memphis would one day be an internationally recognized brand.”
And he is recognized, indeed. He has appeared on major networks and in major publications. He has also inked a deal with the NBA to provide accessories to its players. The busy entrepreneur has also taken time out of his busy schedule to write a book with his mother, who is his business partner and manager. The book, Mo’s Bows: A Young Person’s Guide to Start-Up Success: Measure, Cut, Stitch Your Way to a Great Business, is intended to help motivate other young entrepreneurs.
He also emphasizes giving back to his community. It was important to him to bring jobs to his hometown, so he opened a factory in Bradford Springs, Tenn. He and his mother also started a foundation, the Moziah Bridges Foundation, seven years ago, to help other ‘kidpreneurs’ across the country. He gives all of the proceeds from one of his tie styles to help kids go to summer camp.
So, what’s happening for Moziah in 2020? High school graduation and plans to take over the fashion industry. “My dream is to become a fashion mogul. When I graduate high school in 2020, I plan to go to college and study fashion design. I’m living proof that you can be anything you want – at any age.”
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