Children: Let Them Amaze You
Nine-year-old - Looking Good!
Here’s a kid after my own heart, Moziah Bridges, of Memphis, TN. He started a bow tie business at the age of nine because he was disappointed with the fashion choices at the local mall. He wanted to have a certain look, on the dapper side, and a cool bow tie was essential to bring it all together. As all inventors know, if it doesn’t exist the way you want it, then you have to go make it yourself. So, Mo asked his grandmother, an accomplished seamstress of some eighty years, if she would help him make a few bow ties. Here is how Mo tells the rest of the story:
“Mo's Bows is a company I started in Memphis, TN in 2011 when I was just 9 years old. I couldn't find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny's scrap fabric to make and sell my own. I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.”
Mo gives a great deal of credit to his Mom, as well:
“It’s not everyday that a kid can say, 'Mom, I want to be a CEO'....and she helps you fulfill that dream. If it weren’t for her spearheading the day-to-day operations, Mo’s Bows wouldn’t be what it is today. Thank you for being the best mom and mom-ager in the whole wide world!”
Forbes Magazine interviewed Mo last year. I love the way he related his vision:
As for the future of Mo’s Bows, Bridges told FORBES that he’s looking to expand his offerings. “I see Mo’s Bows adding neck ties, pocket squares and other accessories for men,” he wrote in an email. “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.
And here’s a posting from Mo’s blog about doing good for other kids:
This summer I donated $1,600 to the Glenview Summer Camp. It felt really great giving back to my community and I know that those kids will enjoy it.. The money I donated came from selling the Go Mo bow tie, and gave 10 kids the opportunity to attend camp.
Kids need to have fun and go swimming, and now they can because of my help. Memphis is ranked the highest of child hunger; most kids only get a meal when school is in session. At the community center, the kids get a meal and play time. Giving back to my community really helped me feel humble. It also makes me smile because I see other kids smiling and enjoying the camp.
It was such an honor standing up with City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and handing the check over to the head director of the camp. I went to that camp and I had a great time there and I know that those kids will too.
Next year I will pick another cool and fun bow tie to sell that will represent the camp, and I hope to send more kids to the cool and fun summer camp.
I want to give a special thank you to my customers who bought the tie. This tie surely helped people look good and feel good.