In the past three years, while his classmates were doing homework and playing sports, Moziah Bridges built himself a $150,000 business.
That’s right—he started his business at nine years old. Not yet a teenager, Moziah now has five staff and has received a ton of media attention, from an appearance on the TV show ‘Shark Week’ to features in O Magazine and Vogue.
"I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good," Moziah writes on his website. "Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place."
Ever the fashionista, he’s reveled in style from a young age. At four years old, Moziah wore a suit and tie whenever possible and insisted on dressing himself.
His business, Mo’s Bows, was born of his love for bow ties and his dissatisfaction with the selection available for kids his age. Even worse than the poor color selection, they were all clip-ons—Moziah believed real men should tie their own ties. His grandmother taught him to sew by hand and to use a sewing machine, using scraps to create his favorite neckwear.
Within a few months, he had created his own collection of over two dozen bow ties. Friends and family fell in love with his creations. Moziah upped his production, fashioning tidy bow ties from his grandmother’s vintage fabrics in an array of floral and African prints, and even scraps of old taffeta dresses.
Word of mouth worked its magic, and soon Moziah was taking orders through Facebook and selling on his own Etsy store. As demand increased, his mother, grandmother and other family came on board to help with production.
Today, each bow tie is still sewn from scratch, though Moziah has expanded from vintage materials to tweeds and ginghams, with a formal line of satins and silk. His bow ties are available in his own web store, on Etsy, and in boutiques throughout Texas, South Carolina and Tennessee.
When asked who his role models are, he said he looks up to Daymond John, who became his mentor as a result of the ‘Shark Week’ appearance.
As if his early success in business weren’t enough, Moziah has also become something of a young philanthropist. This summer, he donated $1,600 to send ten children from his hometown of Memphis to Glenview Summer Camp.
In a post on his blog, Moziah wrote, “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.”
What’s next for this inspirational kidpreneur? In a recent interview, Moziah said he wants to go college and start a full clothing line by the time he’s twenty.
He’s got it all figured out, folks; Moziah Bridges has a happy, colorful life filled with business successes, social good, work/school/life balance and solid goals for the future. And he still gets to bed at 8:30 every night!
[I have a new idol. This little man is fantastic]
On August 28, Miguel went to his restaurant. It was just another normal workday. ICE showed up to his workplace with a list of names, and his name was on the list. Four years ago an unscrupulous scammer told him he could fix his immigration status if he went back to Tijuana, Mexico. When he arrived to Tijuana, Miguel found out that this was a scam and he had to cross back to the U.S. to continue providing for his family. On that trip back he was stopped by an immigration officer and was issued a court date. Since he had three children that needed him at home, and bringing in money, Miguel decided that showing up to that court date, where he would likely be deported, was not an option. Since he didn’t show up, he was issued a deportation order.
Miguel is an exemplary community member. He has never had any issues with the law, and he has cared for his kids. His youngest son, Javier (16) still depends on his father’s financial support. With the mother out of the picture, Miguel needs to stay in the U.S. to continue supporting his son.
Today Miguel, his family and his community asks you to please take part in preventing this unjust separation to occur. After over a decade of living and working in the U.S., Miguel belongs here, in his home. Please take a moment to sign this petition and share with your networks. Our community must stand strong in solidarity when law abiding community members like Miguel are ripped away.
This world is a very sad place and I understand what it is like to feel as if you cannot carry the burden of it all. Please, if you are struggling, I urge you to talk to someone. Take care of yourself and each other.
i really don’t know how the referendum tomorrow is going to turn out i hope everything is okay for everyone that’s all i care about that’s all i want!!!
"So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality"