Moziah Bridges is the 12-year-old CEO of Mo’s Bows, a bow tie company based in Memphis, Tennessee. Bridges founded Mo’s Bows in 2011 when he was only nine years old. His love for dapper clothing and dressing up, however, began much earlier. He has dressed himself since the age of four and wore a suit and tie whenever he could, taking his cue from his father and grandfather who usually donned three-piece suits for no particular reason.
According to Bridges, he looks better and feels like an important person in nice clothes. When he saw entertainers he liked wearing bow ties, he set out to buy some for himself. But the bow ties he found were all “plain and ugly” clip-ons; Bridges believes that real men don’t wear clip-ons and tie their own ties. So he asked his grandmother, a seamstress, for help.
With his grandma’s guidance and her vintage scrap fabrics and sewing machine, Bridges learned how to make his own bow ties. And while the very first bow tie he made looked like “something that a clown would wear,” he continued to hone his skills. Months later, Bridges had created 30 unique bow ties for his personal collection. Friends and family began to notice his dapper accessories, and he got the idea to sell them.
Initially, Bridges’ mom and grandma helped him make the bow ties he sold to family and friends. As Mo’s Bows grew, his other grandmother, aunts, cousins, and friends joined the team. The bow ties, which are made from scratch and adjustable, are now sold online and at shops and boutiques in seven states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee.
“Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place,” says Bridges. The young entrepreneur plans to attend Parsons the New School for Design and have his own clothing line when he’s older.