A 15-year-old entrepreneur is teaming up with the NBA for the deal of a lifetime.
Moziah Bridges, who founded his bowtie company Mo’s Bows at age 9, scored a licensing partnership with the league, allowing the company to manufacture his products with team and club logos, according to Forbes. The NBA, who initiated the deal, will distribute the products through their website and retail stores.
Lisa Piken Koper, the NBA’s Vice President of Global Partnerships, told Forbes that they are happy to be working with the Memphis teen, who served as the fashion correspondent for the 2015 NBA Draft.
“Moziah’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are an inspiration, and we are thrilled about the launch of the Mo’s Bows NBA Collection,” Koper said. “We are always looking for ways to diversify our merchandise offerings and cater to our fashionable fan base, and couldn’t be more excited that fans will have a fun and unique way to show support for their favorite NBA teams.”
In 2014, when he was 12, Bridges appeared on “Shark Tank” with his mom; FUBU founder and judge Daymond John decided to take him on as a mentor. Not long after, Neiman Marcus approached Bridges with a deal to distribute his collection in their stores. He was also invited to the White House in 2015 to show off his ties to then-President Barack Obama.
Since appearing on Shark Tank, Bridges, who learned how to machine sew bowties from his grandmother, has hired five employees and sold more than $300,000 worth of men’s accessories.
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