11-year-old bow tie maker makes a splash

Moziah Bridges began sewing his own ties at age 9. He's now earning tens of thousands of dollars selling his creations.

By Kim Peterson Aug 6, 2013 6:38PM
Moziah Bridges (Courtesy of Mo's Bows)What was your child doing at age 11? Fighting over video games? Complaining about math homework?

One 11-year-old in Tennessee is designing and selling bow ties -- and earning some serious cash in the process.

Forbes' Karsten Strauss brings us the story of Moziah Bridges, the budding fashion designer behind the Mo's Bows business. He sells his ties online at Etsy, and shows off his creations on his own website.

There's quite a market for snazzy bow ties, as it turns out. Bridges has earned more than $30,000 so far, and has plans to expand into neck ties and pocket squares, Strauss reports.

Bridges started the business because he loves to wear bow ties. And if you've ever shopped for a bow tie, you'll quickly find that there isn't much of a selection in many stores.

Bridges saw the need and decided to fill it. Check out this adorable quote:
"I really was a young dapper man and I couldn't find any other bow ties that I really like," he told Fox News. "So my grandma -- my lovely grandma -- she's been sewing for over 80 years, or something crazy like that, so I wanted to start my own business making bow ties."
That alone might make you want to head over to Etsy to buy. But his bow ties are actually pretty sharp, with patterns that include bold plaids, quirky candy hearts and a classic houndstooth.

The next step for Bridges is moving into retail stores, and his products are starting to appear in boutiques in Tennessee and surrounding states, Strauss reports. And a mention on Oprah's 2013 "Wow List" doesn't hurt those ambitions one bit.

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Aug 16, 2013 12:09PM
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The boy has an eye for detail and design.  I'm sure each bow tie (having just looked at his Etsy shop) is meticulously hand-made.  As an artist myself, I am certain that each of these ties takes hours to complete.  The prices never reflect all the work that goes into it.  Still, his prices reflect what hand-made items like this ought to go for.  If he lowered his prices to reflect his age (and why would he do that?) he would undercut the market for adult artisans.

I'm impressed, Mo.  Keep up the good work.

Aug 7, 2013 9:30AM
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that 1% kid better pay his fair share!
Aug 7, 2013 8:14AM
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Want to get your butt kicked?  Wear a bowtie.
Aug 7, 2013 9:32AM
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why is this kid making such large profits?  lower your prices so a working family can afford it.  there is no reason this kid should be making thousands in profits.  its ridiculous!

 

greedy little kid has no need for those insane profits.

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