By James A. Merritt
Moziah Bridges was profiled almost two years ago as an up and coming businessman at only 11 years old.
Talk about overachieving; at 13, Moziah Bridges is doing more than most 30 or 40 year year olds by creating his own line of bow ties. Moziah’s Bow ties have produced $200,000 in sales and have a five person staff on payroll.
Bridges is the CEO of Mo’s Bows. In 2011 his grandmother taught him how to sew and his business was born. He was only 9. With her scraps of fabric, Bridges began making unique bow ties and selling them to local stores and online and a business was born.
“I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good,” said Bridges. “Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.”
And his vision is quickly becoming a reality garnering acclaim from the likes of Oprah and Steve Harvey. He’s even launched a philanthropic arm. “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,” said Bridges. “I feel like it’s good to help the community and that’s what I’m doing,”
Bridges’ success even earned him an appearance on the popular venture capital television show Shark Tank in 2014. His pitch earned him two offers from the Sharks; a $50,000 investment plus royalties from Kevin O’Leary or mentorship from Daymond John. Being more comfortable with John, Bridges chose mentorship over money and so far it’s paying off.
With John, he’s already secured orders from Neiman Marcus where Mo’s Bows are now sold online at Neiman Marcus and Cole Hahn. His sports ties opened a seat for Bridges at 2015 NBA Draft where he served as a fashion analyst for the draftees.
“You don’t have to wait until you’re older,” his mother Tramica Morris said. “If you have a dream and you have a passion, we say go for it.”
With support from his family and a growing wealth of experience the bow-tie businessman will surely reach his financial goals. “I see Mo’s Bows adding neck ties, pocket squares and other accessories for men,” he wrote to 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.” Pocket squares and t-shirts can be found on his website with plans to launch a full fashion line by the age of 20.
According to the Atlanta Black Star, Mo’s Bows can be purchased in 14 states, Canada (Toronto) and The Bahamas or on-line at www.mosbowsmemphis.com