A couple of weeks ago, a crew from FranceTv came to visit! It was so cool to have them visit and learn more about Mo's Bows. I posted the interview on my Facebook page, but there was a catch: It was in French! The translation is below, just in case you aren't bilingual.
France 2 - French Television Our meeting with Mo, 12 years old, the youngest business owner in America
News anchor (Laurent Delahousse) - Today's portrait bring us to the US with the amazing adventure of a young entrepreneur. His age, listen up, is 13 years old!
Good evening Jacques Cardoze, you will make us discover the story of this young prodigy.
Live Shot (Jacques Cardoze, Reporter) - Yes it's a great story, a success story as people say in the US. It's also what make us say that the US still retain this incredible capacity to highlight and encourage young talents, anybody with a good idea. This guy had his good idea when he wasn't even 8 years old, he is now 12, 4 years that he's been the youngest business owner in the country. We met him. With Regis Massini. Here is our news feature story.
This is not your average student's knapsack that this young boy is carrying but the suitcase of a business owner. A business owner who hasn't yet reached the age of 13. Today, Mo is en route to one of the numerous stores that sells his bow ties.
SOT (Moziah Bridges, owner of Mo's Bows): I was very motivated, and I made my dream come true. This is one of my best sellers. I sell my bows in 12 stores across the south of the country.
A clothing line that carries his name "Mo's bows", means bow ties in English, a brand that is easy to remember for Americans and that came into existence 4 years ago in the United States. This boy is the inventor and designer of the brand, with a style that is unique.
SOT (Moziah Bridges, owner of Mo's Bows): I have flowers. Spring flowers.
He chooses the colors and the patterns.
Mo is currently gearing for graduation and wedding season, a key season in terms of sales. The store owner is excited to see what he has in line for her.
SOT (Glen Cash, sales manager, Oak Hall store): Anything he brings. This is good. So I never had an opportunity to meet a 12-year-old designer before. And he's good.
Mo is a little phenomenon in the US. He has already been on the cover of many fashion magazines. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, his 1930s style has a nostalgic appeal that lures in even the more famous television shows.
SOT (Steve Harvey, TV host): Well sir I normally just wear ties.
SOT (Moziah Bridges, owner of Mo's Bows): Well you should try something new this time. Because let me tell you something about bow ties. (laughs). Bow ties make you look good and they make you feel good.
At the beginning, everything started like a game. The little business was invented at home, Mo filled up suitcases with bow ties that he sewed himself on his grandma's sewing machine. Even today, he produces a portion of them. A game that became a business and a well-crafted partnership between son and mom.
SOT (Tramica Bridges, mother of Moziah Bridges): Mo is the boss of Mo's Bows. Mom is the boss of Mo (laughter). He says he never wants to work for anybody so we're looking into laying the groundwork for him to become an entrepreneur so he can create jobs for himself but for other people as well.
Once he is done with his studies, the business will have prospered. It already has more than $140,000 in yearly sales. Mo can also relax and play like any other kid his age [throws snowball].