Take notes from this one, men of the world. This 12-year-old dresses better than you...and he’s probably more successful than you, too.
Moziah Bridges says he always loved looking sharp. But as a bow tie connoisseur, he always found it frustrating to find ones that suited his fancy. So with the help of his grandmother, he learned how to sew, and he's been making his own ties ever since.
But this isn’t just some after-school hobby for Bridges; it’s a full-scale business. He founded his own company, Mo’s Bows, three years ago—meaning that, yes, he was only nine years old at the time—and it already boasts $150,000 in sales. His business has even gotten tons of national media attention, from a spot on the show "Shark Tank," to features in magazines like Vogue, GQ, and O Magazine.
Feeling inferior yet?
The mini fashion guru discussed his success on CNBC yesterday, where he revealed how he’s able to manage the work-school balance at such a young age.
"Since I’m the CEO I can do it when I feel like it,” Bridges said. “I have employees—my grandmother, she’s about like 80, and my mom works for me, and I have three more seamstresses.” Yep, this Memphis, Tennessee-based biz even employs five workers (never mind if two of them are relatives... it still counts!).
The ties featured on Mo’s Bows website are adorably stylish, ranging from stripes and polka dots to patterns and plaids. They don’t break the bank, either; his ties retail for an affordable $40. But the real secret to this kid entrepreneur’s buisness might just be its simple, to-the-point mission.
"I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good,” Bridges writes on his website. "Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place."